A Personal Narrative of Political Experiences

A Personal Narrative of Political Experiences

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...winter. On one occasion he asked me why I did not go to see the President and warn him of the defects in the bill. "I have been seeing the President," he said, "and I am going to suggest to him that you have gone all over this question in Wisconsin, that you have been at it for years up there, and it will do no harm for him to have a talk with you about it." This he did, with the result that I received an invitation to go to the White House and see the President one Sunday evening at ten o'clock. It was at a time when newspaper reporters were not about, and there was no one to take note of the fact or publish to the country that the President was conferring with so dangerous a person. He was alone, and after chatting with me a few moments, he said: "Senator La Pollette, I sent fo.r you to come and talk with me about the rate bill." Then he proceeded to say that the most needful thing to be done in the way of changes in the la'w was to strengthen it, so that the injustice done to a great many shippers by discriminations would be made impossible. "Discrimination is important," I said, "and should not. be tolerated. Every man who deals with a common carrier has a right to treatment on an equal footing with every other shipper of the same product. But the question, Mr. President, is very much bigger than that. To begin with, the first and the vital thing in which the great body of the people of this country are interested is in having transportation charges reasonable.'" Then I took up and discussed with him the changes that ought to be made in the bill. I sat with him until twelve o'clock that night, and I did not outstay my welcome either. I found him a very good listener and I had the...show more

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  • Paperback | 142 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 268g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236875710
  • 9781236875716