WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 1908 (UP) - John D. Rockefeller's announced intention to support William H. Taft has seriously grated upon the nerves of President Roosevelt, to express it mildly.
In fact, the President has not been so disturbed since his word duel with William J. Bryan, over the alleged affiliation with the Standard Oil of Gov. C. H. Haskell, of Oklahoma.
Some of the President's callers today suggested that Rockefeller's attitude might be due to a desire on the part of the oil king to "be good" under the belief that his support of the Republican ticket might bring him surcease from administration attack.
The President would not listen to it. The United Press can say with authority that President Roosevelt believes that Rockefeller planned a political coup to the disadvantage of the Republican cause.
The President is not merely playing politics in his denunciation of the oil king. He feels that the economic questions at stake for the next four years, at least, are being seriously threatened by Standard Oil influences. It would not surprise those who talked today with the President to learn that he contemplated preparing a thunderbolt on the Rockefeller incident and on Bryan's appeal to the public to be hurled before the voters go to the polls on next Tuesday.
What especial significance attaches to today's conference between the President and Frank B. Kellogg cannot now be accurately forecasted. Kellogg is the Republican national committeeman from Minnesota and also the government's special counsel in the "trust busting" suits against the Standard Oil Company. His visit to the President following at the last minute the President's denunciation of Rockefeller is considered to have been more than a coincidence.