REPUBLICAN PARTY OF
1908 REPUBLICAN STATE CONVENTION
FORT WORTH, May 15
About 500 hundred delegates attended this convention. There were only twenty negroes present.
Officers: Chairman, R. E. Hannay, of Waller. Secretary, R. B. Marshall, of Grayson.
Delegates to the National Convention.: State at large, C. A. Lynn, C. W. Ogdon, Harris Masterson. C. A. Gray; 1st Congressional district, W. P. Harris, of Hopkins, and George Guest, of Lamar; 2. E. G. Christian, of Bowie, and D. H. Morris, of Shelby; 3. G. W. Smith, of Rusk, and T. B. Meeks, of Van Zandt; 4. C. A. Burk, of Grayson, and W. N. Griffin, of Collhi; 5. C. W. Starling, of Dallas, and A. B. Gardenhire, of Rockwall; 6. Rube Freedman, of Navarro, and J. A. Meyers, of Brazos; 7. G. W. Burkett, of Harris, and F. L. Lee, of Galves ton; 8. J. M. Sloan, of Grimes, and John Adkiris, of Harris; 9. A. F. Loessin, of Fayette, and C. M. Hughs, of Wharton; 10. G. M. Booth, of Williamson, and T. L. Wren, of Travis; 11. C. A. Boynton, of McLennan, and Joe E. Williams, of Hamilton; 12. Sam Davidson, of Tarrant, and C. C. Littleton, of Parker; 13. T. S. Bugbee, of Donley, and J. E. Lutz, of Wilbarger; 14. J. M. Oppenheimer, of Bexar, and G. N. Harrison, of Brown; 15. Eugene Nolte, of Guadalupe, and Ed C. Lasater. of Starr; 16. J. B. Baker, of Haskell, and J. A. Smith, of El Paso. Presidential Electors: State at large, N. V. Dittlinger, of Comal, and R. E. Hannay, of Waller.
Committee on Platform and Resolutions: C. A. Boynton, chairman, W. C. Averill, J. W. Butler, R. F. Akridge, Win. Wood, Charles Hostraser, H. A. Griffin, Wm. Watson, C. M. Hughs, J. M. Thornton, S. B. Hovey, W. S. Tremble, C. W. Ogden, James J. Haynes, G. H. Sparenberg.
We It resolved by the Republicans of Texas, in convention duly assembled, as follows:
 That we affirm our allegiance to the principles and policies of the Republican party as enunciated in its platforms and under the leadership of Lincoln, Grant, Garfield, McKinley, and Roosevelt, and pledge ourselves to support and vote for the presidential electors of said party in the presidential election of 1908.
 We congratulate the Nation on the prosperity enjoyed and achievements accomplished under the beneficial influences of enact ments passed during President Roosevelt's administration in the inter ests of the whole people and affording protection to capital, both cor porate and individual legitimately employed, and at the same time
guarding individual rights against encroachments by the unjust com binations of great wealth and the abuse of power for corporate gain. And that we indorse other policies advocated by President Roosevelt of similar purposes not yet enacted into law and regret that condi tions are such as at this time to prevent the country from enjoying further advantages that would be gained by another term of Theodore Roosevelt as President of the United States.
 That we recognize in the Hon. William H. Taft an eminent and learned jurist, an able statesman, a fearless, patriotic American citizen, with the deep love of the whole people of his country; an earnest supporter of the laws recently enacted during the Roosevelt administration, a believer in the spirit and purpose of same, a true advocate of many of the policies of such administration not yet crystallized into law, and a man preeminently qualified to make a most efficient and satisfactory President. And we indorse the candidacy of Hon. William H. Taft for the Republican nomination for President in 1908, and hereby instruct our delegates to the National convention to support and vote for his nomination as the Republican nominee for President of the United States.
 We heartily commend the services and administration of the Hon. Cecil A. Lyon as Republican National committeeman from Texas, and recommend and indorse him for reelection as such National committeeman, and hereby instruct our delegates to the National convention to vote for the reelection of Colonel Lyon as National committee- man from Texas.
 We view with derision and joy the recent attempt at house- cleaning by the Democracy of Texas, and suggest that the pouring of "oil" does not always calm troubled waters.
We call the attention of the youth of our glorious State to the in- trepid, manly, and courageous example of our fearless governor, whose stand during the late unpleasantness in the Democratic party has won for him the plaudits of all who admire the anatomy of the jellyfish.
The horn of the hunter is heard in the land, sounding the return from the octopus hunt. Texas again has an attorney-general who claims to have captured the oleaginous beast, but its unsheltered, though badly cracked, idol bids the hunt halt by the election of a new attorney-general. Does this mean that the Democratic idea is that a faithful servant shall be discharged for doing his sworn duty? Instead of saying to him, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant," they say, in the words of the mortal poet:
"Hold, McDuff You've laid on enough!"
Emulating the prophet of old who went up into the mountains to sacrifice, so the Latter-day Saints of Democracy go up into ,the mountains of Colorado to sacrifice the willing "Willie" lamb, who grow "Commoner" once a week.
In conclusion, we invite the cooperation and assistance of every voter in Texas, regardless of previous political affiliations, and point with pride to the actions of the Republican party, which punishes deviations from the paths of rectitude, and not as Democracy does by adding laurels to brows unworthy to bear those they already have.
The district electors were chosen at the August convention. 2 The proceedings of this convention are taken from the Dallas News, May 16 and 27, 1908.
"Platforms of Political Parties in Texas Edited by ERNEST WILLIAM WINKLER"