WASHINGTON, March 4, 1913 (UP) -- While President Taft and President-elect Wilson were seated in the executive's room at the senate, William J. Bryan walked leisurely in, glanced around, caught Taft's smile and nod of greeting, and then, as if in extreme trepidation, started to back out, remarking to Taft
"I guess I got into the wrong pew."
"Well," replied Taft, "I'm still president, and will be for a few minutes and you're my guest in here."
Bryan jests with Knox
"How's my successor?" demanded Secretary of State Knox, when he bumped into William Jennings Bryan just outside the president's room.
The Nebraskan smiled his broadest smile and retorted:
"I'm not admitting anything for a few minutes - I want to get documentary proof, you know, I won't say a word until the senate confirms the nominations."
New president faces battery of cameras
Manuscript of President Wilson's inaugural address was placed on a silk-covered desk as each sheet was finished. Red, white, and blue streamers crossed a cover of white silk. At either side of the desk, raised over the platform, were vases of Easter lilies and lilies of the valley bound with white ribbon.
On the capitol stand, President Wilson faced a battery of 50 cameras, set on a raised stand across the plaza. They volleyed at the new president continuously during his speech.
Wilson surrenders bigger chair to Taft
Seeing two leather chairs on the private stand at the capitol today, Wilson bowed to the larger size of President Taft and permitted the retiring executive to take the larger chair, itself much smaller than those used during the Taft regime at the white house. It was a might snug fit for the retiring official.
Taft takes "right" seat with Wilson
Following precedent, President Taft, as the outgoing executive, sat on the right side of the carriage which conveyed him and his successor to the capitol from the white house. When Taft took his place in the vehicle he smile at Wilson and remarked:
"For the moment, I believe, I occupy the right seat."
Wilson clan watch Senate proceedings
In the front row of the executive gallery in the senate was Miss Eleanor Wilson, the youngest daughter of the president-elect. She wore a blue gown and blue hat with poppies wreathed about its low crown.
Next to her was seated Miss Jessie Wilson, and third the new mistress of the white house, radiant and looking almost of an age with her daughters.
Miss Jessie wore purple, while her mother wore a light brown walking suit and brown furs and plume. Miss Margaret Wilson the eldest daughter wore dark blue.
The four leaned forward eagerly watching the scenes in the galleries and upon the floor, where the senate was running through a list of bills upon which debate had closed.
In the rows behind Mrs. Wilson and her daughter in the senate were Prof. Tockton Axson, brother of Mrs. Wilson, and a majority of the 38 Wilson cousins who are attending today's ceremonies. Among them sat William F. McCombs, democratic national chairman. Across the aisle sat Mrs. Marshall, with members of her family.