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TOOK ONE BALLOT
THAT WAS ALL IT TOOK DEMO
CRATS TO SELECT LEADERS .
.MIDGE PARKER WAS ALL ALONE IN RACE
Democratic Leaders Name Presiden
tial Candidate With One Vote
Resolutions Unanimously Adopted
Only One Little Skirmish
. Democratic National Ticket.
ir For President
Judge Alton Brooks Parker
J New York.
A For Vice President
. Ex-Senator Henry T. Davis
Tito democratic national convention
met in the exposition building nt St.
Louis, Wednesday, July GLh. Promptly
nt twelve o'clock Chairman James K.
Junes, of the national committee called
the convention to order. His appear
ance upon the platform brought forth
cheering. Chairman Jones directed
the sergeant at arms to secure order.
It was a considerable time before
quiet could bo restored.
Tho chairman appointed Col. J. M.
Guffey of Pennsylvania and M. F. Tar
pey of Calitornia to escort Mr. Wil
liams to tho chair. As tho platform
was enclosed by a railing it was nec
essary for the committee and Mr. Wil
liams to climb oer the railing. The
committee lifted Mr. Williams over
and the entire convention burst into
cheers as he ascended the platform.
"1 have tho honor to introduce to
you John S. Williams as temporary
chairman," said Chairman Jones, and
again the convention cheered.
Mr. Williams delivered his address
calmly and without gestures. Several
cries of "louder, louder," interrupted
Mr. Williams as ho began, his clear,
but not powerful, voice at ilrst fail
ing to roach parts of the hall.
As Mr. Williams procoadod his
voice increased in volume and the
delegates listened attentively.
After announcing tlio time and
places for the various committee
meetings a motion was made that the
convention adjourn until ten o'clock
the following mornings.
The morning session of the second
day lasted a little less than an hour.
When the convention was called to
order neither the credential commit
tee nor tho committee on resolutions
wore ready to report, although the
latter had been in session all night,
quitting for a recess at four o'clock
In the morning. An adjournment was
taken until after noon, when tho com
mittee on permanent organization re
ported the election of Congressman
Champ Clark,as permanent chairman.
Another development was tho re
fusal of Senator J. W. Bailey of Texas
who was selected as pormanont chair
man of tho convention, but refused
the honor, saying ho desired to bo on
, tho floor when tho platform is pre
sented for adoption. Ho is expected
to combat any attempt from tho 13ry
an forces to Inject Into tho platform
planks which do not meet the approv
al of the committee. Upon this
ground his declination of tho chair
manship was respected.
The report of the committee on
credentials was the occasion for a
light on tho floor. Tho majority re
port as read by Chairman Head was
adopted. Mr. Iiryan presented a min
ority report. Tho fight was In tho
seating the Illinois delogation known
as tho Hopkins delegates. Mr. Bryan
In his speech launched into a review
of tho Illinois democratic convention
and referred to Messrs. Hopkins and
Quinn, as high waymen.
After the report had been accepted
Permanent Chairman Clark was es
corted to tho platform and after a
speech the convention was declared
adjourned until the following day.
Anticipating a vigorous contest on
the floor when the committee on
resolutions should report, the galleries
were well filled, and when tho per
manent chairman called the conven
tion to order tho delegates were
nearly all in their seats, and upon
every countenance was clearly ex
pressed the determination to carry
the widclyvdivergent issues to success.
Without delay it was announced
that the report of the committee
would be received.
At tho statement the convention
seized the opportunity to express its
satisfaction at the unanimous report
to be made. k
Becoming impatient at the delay,
Senator Daniel began his announce
ment in the midst of tho uproar.
"I am instructed to make to this
convention," ho began, "this unani
mous report from the committee on"
It was adopted by a viva voce vote,
two or three delegates voting in. the
negative, aud they apparently in a
spirit of fun. Chairman Clark then
put tho motion to adopt the report,
aud another viva voce vote carried
Temporary Chair. man Williams then
mounted the steps leading up to the
platform, swung his hat around his
head and the delegates, following his
lead, roared their applause again aud
again, while the band played "Hail
"The clerk will now call the roll of
states for the nomination of a candi
date for president," shouted the chau
"Alabama," shrieked tho clerk.
"Alabama yields to the empire stal6
of New York," called Delegate Rus
sell of Alabama.
Martin W. Littleton of New York
took the stand to place Judge Parker
of New York In nomination. His
manner of speaking is calm and de
liberate,, and the vast audience ex
perienced littlo dlfifculty in hearing
every word which passed his lips.
D. M. Delmas was recognized as
the spokesman for the California delo
gation, and when the cleric read the
name of that state the Callfornlan
mounted tho platform and nominated
William It. Hearst. The mention of
the name of Hearst was the signal
for a spontaneous burst of applause.
Other names were placed before
the convention, with but littlo hope
of nomination, except that in case of
a deadlock, when tho vote might go
that way, but tho Parker boom would
not down or be blocked. When the
balloting began It took but one to de
cide who would bo tho standard bear
er for the democrats.
On the completion of the first bal
lot Parker received 058 votes.
Before the vote was announced
Idaho changed her six votes, giving
him GG1 votes. West Virginia added
three more votes, giving him the GC7
votes, or two-thirds necessary.
Washington changed from Hearst
to Parker. This was followed by a
motion by Champ Clark to make tho
nomination of Parker unanimous. A
scene of groat enthusiasm followed.
A monster American flag was un
furled from the dome of tho building.
Tho band struck up "Tho Star
Patrick A. Collins of Massachusetts
took tho stand to second tho motion
to mal tho nomination unanimous.
Alter tlio announcement of tho re
sult of the ballot tho-states that had
voted against Parker began to trans
fer to his column. Soon tlio changes
camo so rapidly that It was impos
sible to keep track of them.
Tho roll call resulted in the selec
tion of ex-Senator Davis of West Vir
ginia for vice president, after which,
and tho finishing or somo littlo detail,
tho convention adjourned sine die.
Tho now democratic national com
mittee Includes It. L. Williams for
Indian Territory and R. S. Billup for
JIl2lff2il"l ! I-W-l-I I l-
Viking's War Song.
When Odin calls him.
Whato'er befalls him,
The hero goes,
With dead and dying
Around him lying.
No fenr ho knows:
On lightnings winging
His warlike quests
With sea gulls swinging
Ills brlgh' shield Hughlnj;
And sword blado clashing,
Ills blows fnll free,
lie dies victorious
For Vnllial glorious
Walts such ns ho,
And warriors bravo,
Who fear no foemen
Nor early grave.
Hero life Is only
Through rushes lonely,
A passing breeze.
A frail craft sailing.
When winds are lulling.
Through unknown seiu.
But Norns descending
From Asgard high
Brig life unending
When warriors die
Mary Grant O'Sherldan.
About the "Rock of Chickamauga."
The vacillating course of George 11.
Thomas in the exciting days of 3 801,
says the Richmond (Va.) Time-Despatch,
caused much comment at that
time, and has been a subject of dis
cussion off and on ever since. Gen.
Thomas was a Virginian, a graduate of
West Point and an officer In the army.
With the exception of a difference in
rank, he occupied ihc same position as
Gen. Robert E. Lee, and his relatives
and admirers in Virginia believed ho
would do as Lee did. That ho gave
them time and again assurances that
ho would never draw his sword against
his state has often been asserted aud
as often denied by his admirers in the
In March, 18G1, Gen. Thomas wiote
a letter to Gov. Letcher of Virginia, In
which he expressed his devotion to the
state and said in effect that he would
remain in the army so long as his
state remained in tho Union. How
ever, in a few weeks he changed ills
mind, and drew ills sword against his
The letter he wrote to Gov Letcher
gave rise to a controversy nt Wash
ington as to whether lie had recog
nized his allegiance to Virginia. While
the course of Gen. Thomas in remain
ing in the Union army and repudiating
his allegiance to his slate was of im
mense benefit to the federal cause at
the time, It Is nevertheless true that
the belief that ho did write the Let
cher letter (though his friends denied
it), taken with the knowledge of his
oft expressed devotion to Virginia,
made the authorities at Washington
afraid to trust him far, and ho wns
never given the commands which had
been tacitly promised him, and which
his ability as a soldier so eminently
fitted him for.
It was denied at tho time that tho
Letcher letter was in existence or was
ever written. It has often been de
nied since, and only a few weeks ago
the existence of tlio letter was again
The letter is in existence, and Is
safoly kept in tho home of the ar
chives of Virginia. Hero is a copy
"New York Hotel, March 12, 1SG1.
"His Excellency, Governor John Let
cher, Richmond, Va.
"Dear Sir I received yesterday a
letter from Major Gilliam of the Vir
ginia Military institute, dated the 9th
Instant, In reference to ho position of
chief or ordnanco of tho state, in
which ho informs mo that you had
requested him 'to ask me if I would
resign from tho service, and if so,
whether that post would bo acceptable
to me.' As ho roqueted me to make
my reply to you direct, I hayo the
honor to slate, after expressing my
most sincere thanks for your very kind
offer, that it is not my wish to leave
tho service of the United States as
long as it is honorablo for mo to rd
main in it; and, therefore, as long as
my nntivo state, Virginia, remains in
tlio Union, it Is my purpose to re
main in tho army, unless required to
perform duties alike repulsive to honor
and humanity. I am, sir, very re
spectfully, your obedient servant,
"George II. Thomas,
"Major, U. S. Army."
' The authenticity of the letter seems
to bo beyond question.
Officially Dead Five Years.
William II. Lewis of this village, a
veteran of tho War of the Rebellion,
had a peculiar experience, and for up
ward of five years was to all Intents
and purposes a dead man. His grave
and the marker which Indicates where
ho was buried can still be seen in tho
national cemetery nt Sharpsburg, Md.
Mr. Lewis enlisted at Albany, May
27, 1SG1, In Capt. Charles Riley's Com
pany F of tho famous Thirty-fourth
regiment, commanded by James A.
Suiter. Lewis wont through the Pen
insula campaign without a scratch
until tho bloody battle of Antletam,
when ho was shot five times, twice
in the legs and once in tho face. Ho
was left on tho field for dead and for
two days and nights lay out In tho
open, suffering untold agonies; and
should Lewis live to bo J 00 years old
ho will never forget tlio hours spent
on that battlefield. Ho was among
tho dead reported Sept. 1, 1802, aud
his body was supposed to have been
removed from tho battlefield and
placed in grave. No. 811 in the Na
tional Cemetery at Sharpsburg, Md.,
tho headstone bearing thai inscrip
tion. Instead, however, Lewis was ro
moved to a shod, whore he remained a
prisoner for seven days, when he was
exchanged and transferred to Wash
ington, being honorably discharged
for surgical disability March 22, 186H.
The wound in tlio face was a peculiar
one', and never since ho was shot has
ho boon able to open his mouth wide.
in 1S68, when he made application
for a pension, Mr. Lewis was prompt
ly informed by tho Pension Depart
ment at Washington that ho was kill
ed at the batllo of Autictam and Hint
there was no such man as William H.
Lewis, a member of Company F,
Thirty-fourth regiment. lie had lio
trouble in securing affidavits from his
captain, Clmrlos Riley, and his colo
nel, James A. Suiter, establishing his
identity, and his pension was soon
forthcoming. Lewis enlisted nt 211
years of age, and to-morrow ho cele
brates his slxly-sixth birthday. Her
kimcr Citizen. .
First Confederate Slain.
Thcro was unveiled at Fairfax
Court House, Virginia, on June 1, a
monument to Capt. John Qulncy Marr,
tho first Confederate soldier to fall
In actual combat In the civil war. Tho
date of Capt. Marr's death was Juno
1, 1801, ami tho spot where he fell
was only a few yards from the Court
House green, upon which tho monu
ment has been erected.
It was as captain of tho Warren
ton Riflemen that he entered tho Con
federate arm j'. This company of 100
men was ordered to Fairfax Court
House a post of honor and danger
to strengthon Its somewhat meager
defense, on May .11, 1.861. About throe
o'clock next morning the riflemen
were arousod by the news of tho ap
proach of tho onomy's cavalry. They
formed at once and their captain led
them to a commanding position near
the Court House. Soon after ho had
called .them to halt a body of cavalry
rushed upon them and firing was bo
gun. It was pitch dark and no one
saw tholr leador fall, but his "Halt!"
was tho last Word ho was ever hoard
to utter. In tho meantime tho rifle
men were reinforced by Colonel R. S.
Ewoll, who was commandant of the
post. Led by him tho riflemen thrlco
repulsed the enemy and finally drove
thorn off, leaving two prisoners behind
thorn. When daylight dawned Capt.
Marr was thte only Confoderato miss
ing, and ho was discovered lying in
the long grass with a bullet through