Sept. 28, 1907 (Saturday)
BLACKBALLED BECAUSE OF A HIGHBALL: Vice President Fairbanks (shown in a photograph, and in a series of drawings in a recent New York Times that offers various ideas about what he should do about his HAIR, or lack of it))yesterday failed to win election as a lay delegate to the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, which will gather in Baltimore in May. It’s quite a blow to a sitting VP. The snub is linked to the story that Fairbanks (who spurns liquor himself) served COCKTAILS last Memorial Day at his home during a visit the president made to Indianapolis. The Times explains:
The Prohibition delegates defeated Mr. Fairbanks because they said they would not vote for a man who served cocktails no matter how prominent a Methodist he might be.
Those who support Fairbanks’ bid for the presidency fear this is a deathblow to any national campaign he could run. The Times’ correspondent in Washington, D.C., tracked down some of his supporters. Here’s what Col. Charley Edwards of Texas said:
”I knew from the first that the attempt was hopeless. The mediaeval bigotry of narrow-minded sectarians was sure from the beginning to copper, if I may so express myself, any attempt to land one of us a high post.”
Another supporter, named George Drewry, put the defeat in a historical context:
Daniel Webster, in many respects the precursor of Fairbanks, lost the Presidency because of his findness[sic] for punch. John Randolph cast it up to Henry Clay that he occasionally joined in a game of poker with the boys. [Andrew] Johnson lost a second term because he sometimes hit it up. We could have looked for nothing else.
SECRECY SURROUNDS HIGH-PROFILE TENNIS MATCH: President Teddy Roosevelt and London’s Bishop Ingram squared off in a doubles match yesterday at the White House tennis court. The results are clouded in secrecy, but today’s New York Times – turning to unofficial sources -- announced in a front-page headline that “President’s Tennis Beats Lord Bishop’s”.
Roosevelt played with Assistant Attorney General A.W. Cooper and the bishop teamed with Secretary of the Interior Garfield. The match was not visible to the public but there was plenty of interest among government workers. The Times says,
From the top floor of the State, War and Navy Buildings excited and amused Government clerks watched the match to the end. These watchers declare victory finally perched on the President’s side of the net. The Lord bishop of London is a courtier. If he won he’ll never tell. If the President won, he won’t dare to tell, because that would sound like gloating, and the Bishop is his host’s guest.
From information gleaned from the rooftop viewers, the Times concludes there was a definite trend in the balls hit by the two principals, who are pretty good players. When they erred, the president was likely to hit it LONG and the bishop was likely to hit it WIDE.
Buried in the article is an intriguing fact about the bishop’s game:
The Bishop, though, played his racket with EITHER HAND, and that helped his game wonderously.