WINNER WAS NOT SO CERTAIN. ~ That He Had the Better of This Election Bet.

November 14, 1908

That He Had the Better of This Elec-
tion Bet.

T. S. Davis thought he had won an election bet of John Rooney, but while receiving payment yesterday, he was not so sure. Both men are cattle dealers, in the business yards. By the terms of the engagement Rooney had to wheel Davis around the yards and the Exchange building in a wheelbarrow, wearing a placard announcing that he, Rooney had bet on Bryan. Yesterday was the time set for paying the bet, and when Rooney arrived with his wheelbarrow where Davis and his exulting friends were standing he had a band and a whole army with him. The losing Democrat had employed a negro band, by hook or crook had found two one-legged negroes and supplied them with police coats, helmets and clubs, and in addition he had a party of six little school girls, neatly clad. There was also the wheelbarrow and one of the biggest crowds ever packed in front of the Exchange building.

"Davis believes in social equality," read a banner carried alongside the "winner," by a negro.

"Rooney does not," read another banner, read another banner carried by one of the school children, who walked beside the "loser."

The parade stopped business for almost half an hour during its formation, progress, and disbanding.