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The national committeemen
from Pennsylvania and Alabama
voted for Parker, although their
state delegations in caucus had
instructed them to fight him.
When Bryan heard of the com-
mittee's action he called it "plain,
daylight robbery," and started
? lining up his forces. "
At that time it was thought
Bryan himself was going to run
Bryan met with Luke Lea,
Tenn., Kern, Ind., Burleson, Tex.,
" Gore, Okla., Sulzer, N- Y., New
lands, Nev.,' McGrew, W. Va.,
Garber, O., and Chas. Bryan, and
' Kern was decided on.
: There was some disappoint
ment when this was announced.
Kern has not been looked updn as
a strong leader.
w And the other side were busy,
their fight beingj directed bvthe
two millionaires1 Thomas F.
I Ryan and August Belmont.
Tom Taggart, Roger Sullivan,
-Ctiarley Murphy and Thomas E,
Sheehan, the Standard Oil repre
sentative, were running in and
out of Ryan's rooms all last night
It soon became evident where
Champ Clark stood- His manag
'. ers all announced allegiance to
'the Taggart-Sullivan - Murphy
Ryan outfit- ,
r Clark's managers promised to
' - trade their vofes to Parker in ex
." change for New York's support
of their candidate.
Bryan said Clark couldn't de-'
liver the votes of his delegates for
a reactionary chairman.
WcodrowiWilson came out in
full support of Bryan in his fight
for the progressives.
Messengers of Hearst" ran
around among the Wilson dele
gates whispering that Bryan was
a candidate himself, and was be
But the Wilson men stuck clear
Once Parker himself began to
weaken. He said hecouldn't stand
the' criticism" and would like to
August Belmont was right
there immediately, strengthening t
Parker's backbone, and Calling on
Murphy, Sullivan and Taggart to
The convention was called to
order at 12:17, by Chairman Nor
man E. Mack, N. Y.
Cardinal Gibbons was intro
duced, and delivered the invoca
tion. When Gibbons finished, .there
was a burst of Avild cheers. Mack
ordered the aisles cleared, but the
people in the aisles laughed at
Mack then- read -the temporary
officers as proposed by the com
mittee. -N?w York, Illinois and
Indiana delegationCcheered when
Parker's name was read.
As the reading stopped, Bryan
came to the front of the platform.
He was pale, and his.face was set
He .tried to get a hearing, but
it was some time before he could.
The cheering swept from delega
tion to delegation, and on to the
When he could be heard, Bryan
nominated Kern, and the cheer-
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