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CgOSBS JT HOT SPRINGS.
Shfldw Treasurer -Von/s Ohio
ylanapcr— Publicity for Cam
<^rir£s. Va^ July S.— The following
BOt S were' made at the meeting of the ex
*tnve committee of the Republican National
O^nmittee here to-day:
vrr M- HITCHCOCK, of Massachusetts,
hairman of the Republican National Com
wvnrF R SHELDON, of New York, treasurer
G cf ,he national committee.
«m? 1 VORTS. of Ohio, member of the
Af - Mora: committee in charge of the Ohio
gjSjSrtVrs. which are to be in Cincinnati.
executive committee issued the following
merit : •
„ f*>p-c» R. Sheldon si elected on the
" -«Artioi] of Mr Bliss, of New York, for
* treasurer who declined to accept a re
*?""♦««« Mr Sheldon is the president of the
£ i „ I^eaVue Club of New York, and was the
Ln! ..i^of the Republican State Committee
Mtixih* campaign of Mr. Hughes for Gover
«nd rendered a complete statement under
2r'ai*Ueitrlaw.-f that state of the. receipts and
of the campaign. This was one
s\hl reasons in addition to the recommenda
lfe< ... Bliss and the standing of Mr. Shel
it- that has Induced bis election, as the law of
v«- York requiring publicity will apply to his
action as treasurer of the national committee.
All of the eight members of the executive com- :
i. tee were present and their report -was unani
ous. The entire action of the committee was
•n approval of the recommendations of Mr. Taft.
,rho presided at the meeting.
• The choice of Mr. Hitchcock as chairman -was
tipecxei. as the representatives of all elements ;
Sf the party here had shown no purpose to op- j
cose his selection. He was known to be the j
choice of Mr. Taft. and several of those who j
M been In conference with him subordinated :
their personal preferences in deference to th«
irl&es of the candidate for President in the se
lection of the man who is to manage his cam-
The (nation of Mr. Vorys to be in charge ;
of the national campaign in Ohio is regarded as j
i solution of the embarrassment arising from j
the rejection of Mr. Hitchcock in preference to |
Mr Vorys. By this arrangement the campaign j
lr Ohio will be in a sense separate from that in j
cuwr parts of the country. Mr. Vorys will be |
accountable only to Mr. Taft.
la discussing the filling of offices for the ua
tSrmtl campaign in the meeting of tho commit- j
tee. Mr. Imfl said that Senator Crane, of Mas- ;
Mchusetts. could not Accept the chairmanship. j
that ex-Governor Herriclc of Ohio- could accept
neither the chairmanship nor the treasure-ship,
tad that Senator Warren, of Wyoming; could
not take the chairmanship without great rer
f»l sacrifice. The situation la Ohio was dis
cossed at considerable length.
The appointment of Mr. Sheldon as treasurer
vass surprise. Before the meeting of the exec- \
«tive committee discussion of the treasurership J
iii centred on Representative William B. Me- \
SiaJey, of Illinois, treasurer of the Congressional j
cußptix? committee. It -was generally believed
by leaders of the party^vrfid have been here
to consult Mr. Taft that he desired to have Mr.
, KcKinley serve as treasurer of the national
- - - -tee. and had practically told him that he
would have to submit to being drafted for that
pace. Until to-day the name of Mr. Sheldon
had not seen mentioned in the many confer
enow in relation to the treasurer ship.
This -was the situation, so far a.= known, when
Villiam Nelson Cromwell arrived here on the
midnight train, and It was announced that he
had a candidate to suggest, having telegraphed
ahead requesting that no selection be made be
fore Mb arrival. The committee met at noon.
Ist twenty minutes passed before the last mem
ber arrived. About an hour and twenty minutes
later the report of the committee, signed by all
the member.-, v. a? made public.
It is said that Mr. Sheldon's appointment was
on the recommendation of Cornelius N. Bliss,
treasurer of th" committee since IS.C, and that
his selection had the approval of President
Rose-. of whom he was a classmate at Har
vard. Mr. Sheldon is a close personal friend of
Mr Bliss, whose advice will be at his command.
His appointment is also regarded as bringing
the question of the publicity of campaign funds
Into the campaign •with the same force that
**t>ald apply were there a national law, as it is
«aid (he laws of New York State will govern
bfc actions in relation to the national campaign.
• Mr. McKinley accepted the result smilingly.
sever having actually been a candidate for the
*•'••. After it was known several days ago
that Mr. Taft desired to draft him lor the
hsssmrchip pr tests were made by Speaker
Ctn!i'>r. and Representative Sherman, chairman
cf the. Congressional committee and candidate
for Vice-President. They did not want to lose
*fr- McKinley's services on the Congressional
wramitVf It was supposed that the proposal
■ tare him ferve as treasurer of both commit
*•* fully overcame th^ir objection?. The com
■mee did aeH appoint an a«=sistant treasurer,
£ « that «m b<» left to the treasurer, but It is
■tlmAeod that Mr. McKmley will be named for
that place, v.ith hf [aarten in Chicago. No
action ■»&!: taken by the executive committee on
*** Question of Representative Sherman's re
taining th* -chairmanship of the Congressional
cc=2 Utte*. It is understood that the commit-
T ** Is not inclined to interfere with the 0011
THE COMMITTEES STATEMENT.
Th* action of the executive committee to-day
«t forth in the following official statement,
.^raed i,y a u the numbers:
fader the authority granted by a resolution
2**"** J a 3 °P'*d by the Republican Na
«,;?,, Committee at a meeting li-Id in the city
r'ym on Jun<? 19 > 1908. wej the undersigned
222" '■' the sub-committee selected for tho
t* t^r? 1 * !ectln * a chairman and a treasurer
Republican National Committee, hereby
J* Frank H. Hitchcock, of Massachusetts.
j^inpin cT the Republican National Committee
c'»k^ rg " R. Bbeidon. of Now York, treasurer
- we Republican National Committee.
: pnSir mf ?r mlt >" to R "l* 13 adopted by the Re
thVrfc"? - Natior -a! Convention on June 17. 1908.
ffihi!^ an of thw Republican National Com
txecnti • aulhorls! " d an<! powered to select an
*ho 1V " c')"""c ' ) """ i ' I'"'1 '"' to consist of nine members,
tif«si taß> " r ■ m *' ''' be members of the na
4?" c< ttnmUu*.
control €XeCUtlve committee shall have charge.
ctoJ: L* ' 3 Ir ' anR E«rm:nt of the Presidential
Uea^,:!? of 1*08: the chairman, secretary.
**■*!« *? ' : s " rgf ant at arms °* the natlonal
*"• ie» to ; " chairman, •"*' '"'"' '■■"">■■ tr«-asurer
**auit-r^ cant at arms, respectively, of the ex
tiHa.~r' r I**1 ** also - and the secretarj' and
•■JJert ° T the cojnrnittee shall be ex ofticio
Biafl.. Ule * id 'xecutiw committee.
ti^^«rt«>rs of the Republican National
**** »t / 01 " th *' State of Ohio shall be **stab
*' Cincinnati and be charged with the
«^_ r *>nUnDf<! on M>\«-ntb r**r.
"* I rTP CLARET OR 6AUTERNE PUNCH.
?-l*x£ Pr-**™*- f " r B " social events.
***4n. *• L BoM Co.. IS6 Fultou St., .New York.
.*— . SSSfc ,•£«* «* NEW- YORK. THURSDAY, JULY 9. 1908. -TWELVE I'AGES,- n .°ffiS?££&-.
, CHAIRMAN* AND TBKASVRER OF REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE.
FRANK 11. HITCHCOCK.
(Fhotojrrai* by Harris & Ewlnu. TVashingrtcm.)
COLLEGE POINT SWEPT
FIRE BURNS A BLOCK.
'Summer Hatch and Cottages De
Fully a block and a half of cummer hotels,
dancing and dining pavilions, bathing and boat
hnujps alrvng the Flushing- Bay front, r'oll^ge
Point, Long Island, were destroyed by fire yes
terday, causing a total loss of more than £200.
000. For intensity and rapidity the fire was a
Following the FuppocM explosion of a gas
machine beneath the kitchen of Zehden's Casino,
the main structure was destroyed in forty-five
minutes. The line of white painted buildings
that graced the Ph<->r» front was swept com
pletely away, leaving nothing except the cliarre'd
piling. The surrounding buildings were badly
Excited residents of College Point- who
thought the entire village was doomed crowded
the streets around the blackened sands. In the
throng were a score or more of guests who had
been staying at the Casino and had lost all
their belongings. Among them were the wife and
family of Jacob Green, one of the new pro
prietors of the Casino. They not only lost all
their clothing, but the fire spread so rapidly that
Mrs. Green, in her anxiety over the safety of
her children, left jewelry valued at $4,000 in her
rooms. Many of th* 3 diners who rushed out
when the blaze sprang up through the floor
were hatless and coatless.
"While fire boats and volunteer firemen re
sponded from all directions, the fire swept along
with such rapidity that all they could do was to
save adjoining property. Yachts anchored off
the Knickerbocker Yacht Club house, some dis
tance away, were threatened, while the big
wooden approach to the slip «f the New York
and <"ollpge Point ferry dock caught fire .
The flames ran oiy along the pier as a boat
loaded with passpng^rs was headed toward the
slip. Quickly realizing the danger the captain
of the ferryboat backed o-ut into the stream,
where he remained until the fire was under con
Bla-zing brands were carried through th» air
hy th*» stiff breeze, and more than one hundred
children of the Bethlehem Orphanage, a He
l, pv r charity, which stood a block away from
thp flames, were marched out of the building and
k*>pt under jruard in th»> big yard surrounding
the Home until the danger was over.
From Zebden's Casino the flames swept
through Dondero's restaurant and bathing pa
vilion, burning them clean to the ground. Flames
leaped across th<* way t'» the Chiltnn Paint
Works, which occupy a whole block, but thfy
pscapori with a scorching. Ri^sen burger's Hotel,
diagonally opposite from the Casino, was badly
F^orchf-d. and small buildings in the yard wore
destroyed. Nearby fa<'t<>rfps closed down, while
their men turned "lit to fight the flames and the
Alx'vo the mar of the blaze the College Tolnt
fireman recognized the siren alarm whistle on
the plant of the American Hard Bobber Works,
about two blocks distant. These works stretch
along the waterfront for about two blocks. It
was found that the roof of one of the big
factories had caught fire, but it was put out by
the factory fire brigade equipped with fire ex
While plenty of narrow escapes were reported
on all sides, only four men were taken to the
Flushing Hospital. They were Jacob Weiners,
first assistant fire chief, of College Point; Ed
ward Stack, fireman, of Union Hose Company,
of Flushing, and Frederick Lapp and Frank
Ferris, workmen. All four, were overcome by
F moke and heat, but they were reported out of
TAFT BANNER CUT DOWN.
Threats Had Been Made by Bn/an
ites in Lincoln.
Lincoln. July B.— The Taft banner stretched
across <► Street, near 12th, which has excited
the wrath of many Bryan supporters here, was
cut down at midnight to-night. The news of
the uceurfoce caused no particular surprise, as
threats "f such action had b..<-n treaty mad.-.
The occurrence was not accompanied by any
demonstration, as few people were on the str<.-t.
The work is believed to have been that of a
.-ingle person, or, si most, iw», operating from
..j.j.(.sit«- skies of the street.
The wreckage of the banner caught in tele
phone and telegraph wires and is suspended In
a limp bundle about ten feel above the street.
Mr. Bryan, when told of the destruction of the
Republican banner, said:
•i am very sorry to learn "f it. it fcrms in
latusahtr if the man who <ii<l it thought be
was helping me <>r the Democratic party be waa
EARL TO MARRY NEW YORK WIDOW.
Jyiii-lon, July 9— Th« Ka.il of Mancarty. KACOrd
ir>K W '" niP I'ni'y Mali, 1 ' is engaged to marry a
wealthy Wsw Fork widow.
$39 ST. PAUL OR MINNEAPOLIS AND RETURN
via West Store i: n.; MS New York Central. Gp-
Jiic Ju!y Bth, 10th ami 11th; returning from St.
l'aul to "July 25Ui. Telephone S6BO iludlsun.— Ailvt.
BIG BLAZE L\ BOSTON
LOSS NEARLY $1,500,000.
Quarter Mile of Waterfront Swept
—One Man Missing.
Boston, July B.— Fire, believed to have been
caused by spontaneous combustion or a loco
motive spark, swept nearly a quarter of a mile
of the harbor front of East Boston late to-day,
causing a loss estimated at nearly $1,500,000.
Much of the loss falls on the Boston & Albany
Railroad. Daniel Sullivan, a watchman at the
Cunard L,ine pier, is missing, and is thought to
have perished in the flamefj.
The fire was the most destructive and exten
sive that has broken out on the waterfront here
for many years. The flames, fanned by a brisk
northwest wind, spread t with remarkable rapid
ity, and by the time the first engine arrived on
the scene the fire was beyond control and leap
ing from pier to pier. Within half an hour four
pi^rs. three warehouses, an elevator containing
thirty thousand bushels of grain and many
loaded freight cars had been destroyed.
Several vessels and lighters narrowly escaped
The burned area includes Piers 1 and 2 of the
Grand Junction Docks, and the pier on which
the big grain elevator stood, all owned by the
Boston & AJhany Railroad Company, and used
by the. steamers of the Cunard Line, and Pier G,
owned by the I^eylajid Line.
The fire started at 4:15 p. m. in tlie ware
house on Pier 1. Grand Junction Docks. In this
was stored an immense quantity of combustible
material, including wool. Egyptian cotton,
grease and oil. First a slight burst of fire was
seen, and three minutes later the entire ware
house was a mass of fia-mes. When the fire was
discovered there were about one hundred la
borers at work on the pier, and with them it was
a race for life. Later it was found that Sulli
van was missing. In a few moments the flames
and blazing embers jumped across the slip and
communicated with the warehouse on Pier 2.
Next the grain elevator burst Into flames, and
then the fire jumped across to Pier 6 of the Ley
land IJne. In the burned warehouses there were
many cars loaded with freight for export. All
Fortunately the wind was blowing offshore,
and the flames did not work back from the
The Boston & Albany Railroad is the greatest
loser by the fire. It is estimated that the rail
road's loss is $1,000,000; covered by insurance.
The loss on freight and grain Is placed at at
least $400,000. Practically all the freight was
Fire on April 12 of the present year swppt over
a cor.pMerahle part of the city of Chelsea, one of
the suburbs of Boston, causing a loss of about
$.1,000,000 in property and three lives. In 1R72 Bos
ton suffered the greatest fire loss in her htPtory,
th*> property destroyed being valued at over $75.-
WO.OOO. There were serious fires in th*» Bay State
metropolis since that time, in 18S9 and 193.
ARMING FOR RACE WAR.
Serious Trouble Feared in a Cuban
Havana, July S.— A serious race war is feared
at the town of Alacranes, in the province of
Matanzas. where a white child, Luisa Valdes,
recently was murdered by Brujos, or negro
wizards, for the purpose of using hor blood for
voodoo incantations. Three negn.es were ar
rested last night for chanting scurrilous verses
in front of the home of the child's parents. They
were arraigned in court to-day and sentenced
to a term of imprisonment. Rival bodies of
armed whites and blacks assembled about the
courthouse, and a clash was prevented only by
the arrival of a company of rural guards. The
police are now patrolling the town and guard
ing the jail, fearing an attempt to rescue the
"TAFT WILL WIN"— DEBS.
Thinks Denver Labor Plank Will
Be a Chinese Puzzle.
[By Telegraph to The Tribune. 1
IJttle Bock. Ark.. July 8.— Eugene V. Debs. Bo
r.lalist nominee for President prophesied the elec
tion of Taft to-day. He spent several hours In
Little Rock, and in discussing national politics
"The Democratic convention will doubtless Rive
labor a Chinese punle for a labor plank, but th«
working people have starved too long to be satis
fied with the husks. They demand something real
••Bryan will be Dominated and Taft will i*»
elected Not because Bryan is not considered safe
by the capitalists, but because the capitalists do
not care to associate themselves longer with the
dying middle clans. The magazines art, printing
all they can get on socialism, and '.Everybody's'
wants an interview with me for the October num
ber to answer the question. 'What is the matter
with America?' We will poll a larger vote this
year than ever, the Socialists think, for enforced
idleness of the working classes has driven them
into voting, and their action will be expressed this
year at the ballot bcK.'-
GEORGE R. SHELDON.
fPhotocraph by Aim* Dupont.)
BIG CONEY ISLAND FIRE
LUNA PARK THREATENED.
Pabst Loop and B. R. T. Station
Ablaze This Morning.
A fire broke out shortly after 1 o'clock this
morning in Pabst's Loop Hotel, at Coney Island.
Three alarms were turned in. There were two
hundred employes «md guests in the Pabst's
Loop Hotel, and they made a quick flight.
The flames leaped to Vanderveer's Hotel, ad
joining, in which there were one hundred guests,
who fled to the street. The Brooklyn Rapid
Transit Station caught fire next, and was burn
ing at 2 o'clock this morning. At an early hour
the Loop and Vandeveer hotels had burned to
The fire broke out in the rear wing of the
Loop Hotel, which is the property of C. P.
Clayton, in Surf avenue near West 6th street.
In about ten minutes the flames enveloped the
building and spread to George Vanderveer's
Hotel next door. The Culver line station of the
Brooklyn Rapid Transit system is on the south
side of Pabst Loop Hotel, and to that the blaze
Shortly after the fire started the wind, which
at first offered salvation to the other buildings,
shifted and the fire now assumed alarming pro
portions. At 2:05 o'clock a. m. all traffic on the
Culver Line was shut off. It became apparent
that the frame hotel buildings near Eighth
street would catch fire.
There was intense excitement. At that hour
the late crowds were waiting- to depart for home
and the streets were thronged with these and
with hundreds who poured into the island from
all directions at the first alarm of flr<».
WIND PROVES TRAITOR.
Tho wind was now driving the flames toward
the heart of Coney Island, and it was thought
that three or four street blocks might be burned
up, reaching to Luna Park. After a while, how
ever, the winds shifted again, and the prospects
looked brighter for the south side of the island.
The first alarm brought the regular Coney
Island service to the front, but as soon as th©
fire was seen t.« be gaining headway a second
and a third alarm were sounded, and Chief Lally
responded to the call and took charge of the
There was a wild scene when the fire first
broke out. The persons who were sleeping in
the Loop Hotel rushed to the street partly
dressed. The escaping men and women were
forced to take shelter in Smith street cars
which were stalled near the rear yard of the
The cause of the fire is not known, but it was
thought by several of the persons there that
possibly some one of the guests might have
thrown a lighted cigar stump from one of the
hotel windows, the ashes catching on to shrub
bpry which climbed round a pole, igniting the
Captain William Rogers, of the Coney Island
police station, was in charge of the policemen
around the fire lines. Reserves from Fort Ham
ilton, Bath Beach, Sheepshead Bay and the
Parkville stations were summoned.
The wind finally died down to some extent
and the firemen were able to extinguish the
blazo in the Culver Station. Vanderveer's Hotel
was damaged to the extent of $30,000. Pabst's
Loop Hotel was also a total loss, estimated at
between $100,000 and $150,000.
At 3 o'clock the fire was under control.
OTHER CONE-Y ISLAND FIRES.
There have been ten large flres at Coney
Island since 1893, when on June 17 $00.000
damage was done to the resort, and on January
<! of the same year it was stricken by a $200,000
blaze The other flres were as follows: April 8,
Iffia $f>o 00<>; May 10. 166$ $150,000 to |3i».
000- September 28. ISOO, $25,000; May 27. ISO 9.
nearly $1,000,000; June 27. 1809. $35,000; June
1" l'W) $250,000; November 1, 1903, $1,000,000,
and last year.' on July 29. when $1,500,000 dam
age was done.
SPLIT IN WEST VIRGINIA.
Two Republican Nominees for Governor —
Bolters Attack Senators Elkins and Scott.
Charleston, W. Va.. July s.-fharle« W. Bwlsher.
Secretary of State, wan nominated for Governor on
the Orst ballot by the Republican Stato Convention
to-night A. faction led by Arnold C. Scherr re
fused to abide by the action of the state committee
In twit<"< the rtelpgation from Ohio County, met in
conference this afternoon and adopted a platform
and riominatf.l a full state ticket, headed by
Bcherr. The platform of the Scherr convention at
larks Governor Dawson and Benators Klkiiirt and
Sea ami declares thut they are to a large extent
"responsible f>>r the deplorable condition of ta»
Republican party la West Virginia. "
$21.85 TO COLUMBUS, 0.. AND RETURN,
•July l" to 13, via Pennsylvania Railroad, Tickets
good tv return until July 24. See ticket agents. —
PROLONGED ROARS FOR BRYA
Demonstration at Denver Lasts an Hour and Twenty-
STONE CRUSHER STILL GRINDS AWAY
McCarren Flat and Guffey in Bits — Radical Anti-Injunction and
Tariff Planks Adopted.
[By Tel'iprmph to Th« Tribune 1
Denver. July The Democratic National
Convention held two sessions to-day, one begin
ning about noon and the other about S p. m.
The noon session of the second day of the con
vention consisted almost exclus'-ely of noise,
the delegates and galleries, in an effort to outdo
the Roosevelt demonstraton at Chicago, sustain
ing the cheering for an hour and twenty-eight
minutes. Seven states. including New York.
New Jersey and Delaware, refused to partici
The evening session considered the report of
the committee on credentials, but postponed ef
fecting the permanent organization until Thurs
A minority report on the Pennsylvania case
resulted in an hour's acrimonious debate, after
which the convention rejected the minority re
port, favorable to the Guffey faction, by the de
cisive vote of 615 to 387. The convention ad
journed until 11 o'clock to-morrow.
Temporary Chairman Bell announced that th»
committee on resolutions expected to be ready
to report at noon to-morrow.
CONVENTION MAXES SMALL PROGRESS IN WORK
[By Telegraph to Ths Trttvin*. 1
Denver. July S.
The absolute domination of all that ts left of
the Democracy by William Jennlng3 Bryan, the
merciless grinding of the "stone crusher" In the
committee on credentials, the consistent pursuit
In the committee on resolutions of that policy
of truckling to cranks and 'isms'* which has
made the Democratic party such a heterogeneous
aggregation, and a monster machine made dem
onstration of enthusiasm for Bryan constituted
the chief features of the second day of the Dem
ocratic National Convention. Only sli-ghtly less
striking has been the demonstration of incapac
ity to transact business expedltiously by the
members of the several committees of the con
"The trouble with our Democratic friends is
that they have lost completely the constructive
ability. They talk and argue and construe the
Constitution occasionally, but rarely srugar^st a
practical Improvement in proposed law." recent
ly remarked Senator Lodge, apropos of the
quibbling of the minority in the Senate over a
measure which was absolutely non-partisan, and
he added: "You see. they have so long confined
their efforts and talents to faultfinding, criticis
ing and quibbling that they have unconsciously
destroyed all their former ability to make laws
and enforce them."
The accuracy of the Massachusetts states
man's comment has been so thoroughly demon
strated here that even Senator Stone, of Mis
souri, member of the full and the sub-commit
tee on resolutions, was moved to make a like
"The trouble with most of these fellows on
the committee," said the Senator in obvious dis
gust, "Is that they have never attended a na
tional convention before, that they find novelty
in tho thrice-told tales of Hot^on and Gompers
and all their ilk. and that it is impossible to in
duce them to get down to business."
PRECIOUS HOURS WASTED.
Many precious hours were wasted by the com
mittee on resolutions listening to the advocates
of special planks and trying to meet the de
mands of men who said they represented "the
labor vote," "the Pacific Coast vote," "the Ger
man vote," "the Irish vote," and so on, and thi3
despite the fact that every member of the com
mittee knew that in the end he would adopt a
platform dictated absolutely by Mr. Bryan, and
that he dare not alter or amend the production
which carried the Lincoln mandate. So, too. the
meeting of the committee on credentials lasted
hours, hearing evidence and quibbling over non
essentials, when each member fully realized that
he -would ultimately vote precisely as Bryan
had told him to, and that the merits of the sev
eral cases under consideration were as extrane
ous to the purpose of the committee as the
length of the pigtails prescribed by the Empress
Dowager of China.
As a consequence a day has been wasted, an
evening session has been rendered necessary
and the leaders, to whom are confided the man
agement of the details of the convention, are
beginning to wonder if the original programme
of finally adjourning the convention on Friday
can be carried through.
There has been no change in the Vice-Presi
dential situation, and, as has been told In these
dispatches, there will be none until the platform
has been disposed of. This does not mean, of
course, that the politicians are not continuing to
build houses on the sand, nor that men who. as
J. Ham Lewis put it, hope to go home and
capture a nomination for the Legislature, are
not cultivating their boom. The Missouri dele
gation, for instance, has caucussed and in
dorsed ex-Governor Francis for second place by
a vote of 2H to 3, but "Gum Shoe Bill" Stone,
quickly lopes an eye and says, "I have not heard
from Lincoln," when asked if the Francis boom
is to be taken seriously, and Governor Folk said
in this caucus, "Bryan told me when I was in
Lincoln that he wanted Judge Gray."
The friends of Charles A. Towne deplore the
fact that he was not In the convention hall when
called on to do a little spellbinding, as they
believe the eloquence of the. New York-Minne
sotlan would have helped his boom enormously,
while the advocates of Archibald McNeil's nomi
nation declare that the Connecticut men erred
grievously when they refused to join in the Bryan
demonstration. But those are merely inconse
quential details, and the fact remains that no
boom Is worth taking seriously until it has re
ceived the impress of the Bryan hallmark, and
that to assert that any candidate, now is "In the
lead" is merely to gamble on the fact that one
of the "fifty-seven varieties" must prove to be
"BLIND LEADING THE BLIND."
Led by blind Senator Gore, of Oklahoma, the
frenzied Bryan men in the convention this af
ternoon shouted, sang, marched and perspired
PURE THREE CENTS.
The stone crusher, transferred to the com
mittee on credentials, ground the remnants of
"Pat" McCarren. of N>w York, and Colonel
Guffey. of Pennsylvania, into road dust. The
committee on resolutions, after spending a frrd
ly part of the previous night listening to Gom
pers, Hobson and others, spent the entlrw even
ing quibbling over the phraseology with which
Mr. Bryan Is permitting It to clothe the planks
he has dictated and trying to. pacify Gompers
without estranging business men.
The Vice-Prestdenttal question still awaits so
lution by Mr. Bryan, and he "keeps saying noth
ing." awaiting the adoption of his platform.
The Missouri delegation caucussed and In
dorsed ex-Governor David R. Francis by a rote
of 28 to 3.
The chairman of the Virginia deleiratlon an
nounces that a poll shows a unanimous vote for
Charles A. Towne for Vice-President.
The majority of the Georgia delegation voted
to adopt the "unit rule" to compel th« anti-
Bryan delegates to vote against the "Peerless
for the "Peerless One" for one hour and twenty
eight minutes without break. "With -the blind
leading the blind" the applause was led by a
cowboy band with a cowgirl attachment. Clad
in leather and sheepskin breeches, the men
marching and tooting amid the din. they were
ably assisted by the Alamnsa boosters, The Fort
Morgan boosters — marchmg organizations —
"Alfalfa Bill" Murray. ■of Oklahoma, bronco
busters from Texas. Borough President Coler of
Brooklyn, and leather lunged howlers from the
Missouri bottoms. That is all the midday ses
sion amounted — noise. It began that way
and ended that way. Bryan was cheered longer
than Roosevelt at the Republican convention.
Let every Democratic patriot remember that
Denver beat Chicago. No good Denvertte will
The Republicans m the galleries at the Chi
cago convention kept the racket going for forty
seven minutes on the second day of the con
vention, when Senator Lodge made his memora
ble reference to the President.- Th« Denver ean
ventlon went them several better. "Think of
those poor devils In the. Independence party in
Chicago on the 27th. They'll have to keep it
going for Hear3t for two hours." said Martin
"W. Littleton, as he left the hall.
It was all prearranged. There was nothing
to do at the morning session but shout for th*
"Peerless One," as the credentials committee was
not ready to report. Big Ollie James, of Ken
tucky, wanted to adjocrn till 3 o'clock in th«
evening, and so moved. A Nebraska delegate
made a quick bolt to the platform and got
Chairman Bell's ear.
"We've got to keep them here until we spring
Bryan on them and beat the Republicans at
Chicago. Keep your eye on the clerk. Mr. Bell,
and don't try to get them quiet until they've
cheered an hour," said the Nebraskan.
APPLAUSE NOT UNANIMOUS.
Mr. Bell "caught on" and the showmen dM
the rest. But. despite the herculean effort* of the-
Bryan boomers, it was not unanimous. The
New York delegation, with the rtoicl^m of Ind
ians, sat through it all, giving no sign of !nt»r
est and taking not part. It was necessary for
one of Tammany's finest to knock down a wildly
excited patriot who sought to wrest the New
York banner from its place an.l add it to th«
moving column. But that was only an Incident-
Nor was the New York delegation the on T y
one which refused to Join in the demonstration.
The New Jersey representatives were equally ;
immovable. So was the Georgia crowd. It took
a swift punch in the solar plexus Is prevent a
wild Bryanite from seizing the Georgia emblem,
and the pur.eh was forcefully delivered. Min
nesota, Maine. Delaware and Connecticut also
refused to take part.
So there were the delegations from seven
states which throughout the din and furore re
mained motionless, in silent protest against th*»
machine made demonstration for the Nebraska
Populist. But how the half-breed delegates from
Oklahoma shouted and danced when the Bryan,
banner wrecked a swinging stuffed eagle. The
standard bearer was marching with the banner
to the speakers* platform, on which hung a.
small black eagle with outstretched wings. Th»
banner bearing hero didn't see the bird of free
dom. The spear point tangled up in the wire,
the young patriot gave the pole a yank and
down came tho eagle, head foremost. "Yow-ow."
yelled the braves. Old Colonel Martin, the ser
geant at arms, who does strange things when
he is excited, grabbed the bird of freedom by
the feet and whirled it around his head. Then
the hot bird was passed around, glad, no doubt,
that it was dead.
MUCH TO MAKE INTERESTING PICTURE.
There was everything to make an Interesting
picture. First of all. the same old Democratic
peace talk and then a war dance. There were
other accessories. The cowboy band in the top
gallery, under Grover Cleveland's draped por
trait; the booming bombs outside: sunshine as
bright as polished metal; "Alfalfa Bill" Murray,
of Oklahoma; Charles Bryan, brother of "Bis
Bill." In the Nebraska delegation; ex- Judge
Parker, looking a s lonesome as a Barren Island
undertaker: Controller Metz. the only remnant
saved out of the McCarren wreck; Bird I Coler.
walking about uncertainly. like a cat in tho
dewy* grass; Richmond Pearson ' Hobson. with
his Japanese war scare temporarily embalmed:
brown men and women from the mountain
camps; beery men from Milwaukee, wearing
Mayor Rose badges; the dazzling Interior of th»
convention hall; tho almost Inaudible drip, drip,
from the edge of the snickersnee, grim reminder
of the deep damnation of the taking off of Guf
fey and McCarren; the announcement called
from the platform that the Jane Jefferson Dem- „
ocratlc Club would keep open house for women
visitors at so and so. the uncertainty of Chair
man Bell — these were some of the things which
made It easy for the shouters to break nois*
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