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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 25, 1912, Image 5

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Kern asked Parker to withdraw
in. 'favor of -a man on whom, all
could agrees O'Gorman,, N. Y.;
Culbertson, Tey Lea, ,Tenn.;
Clayton, Ala.; Campbell, Polk,
Mo.;, or Shively, of Ind.
Parker sat in his chair, his jaw
. "set, and made: no move to even
r answer Kern, ,
The convention went Into up
roar; rival delegates shouting and
l yelling at the topA)f their voices.
Kern's lips were seen to move,
but he couldn't be heard.
Later it was understood he was
saying something of how the con-i
yehtion would commit political
' suicide if it humiliated Bryan, the
- idol of 6,000,000 Democrats.
He finished up by withdrawing
and6ffering the name of William
Jf Bryant as the only m&n who
, could heal the break in the party.
"If this fight is to go on, there
is only one man who can lead it,"
Kern said, "I mean ttfat great
'American, William Jennings.
Bryan."
Bryan stepped to 4he 'front
again. He told ho. whehad heg-
' ged Ollie James to lead the fight,
how he had pleaded with Sen.
-P'Gprman to do so, and how they
each had refused.
-f . t "But if; none will assume tfre
f responsibility," he said, "I stand
r. ready now to accept, and permit
tnre convention to say to tne peo"
pie whether we still stand for that
for which We have iought for
years."
The convention and galleries
i roared anplause -
Theo. E. Bell, of CaUf jujnr
to his feet, and $was recognised hy
Chairman Mack.
Bell said lie didn't believe Par
ker stood for anything sinister in
politics.
Bell himself, by the way, has
hee'n .standing for a lot of funny
things in politics in California.
Hardly a word of what Bell
said was heard. The opposing
camps of delegates were on their
feet, yelling for their choice,
Congressman John J. Fitzger
ald, N. Y., got on the platform to
speak for Parker.
The appearance of Fitzgerald,
and the knowledge of what he
stood for, caused a howl of cat
calls and, hoots from the dele
gates. Sen. Ben Shicely, Ind., jumped
tto his feet and, moved the nomin
ations be closed and a vote taken.
Chairman Mack ruled that
Fitzgerald had the floor. Fitz
gerald opened his mouth, but he
never got the length of saying
anything then. . ,
Delegate Gebhardt jumped on
to his chair, and yelled at the top
of his voice: Fitzgerald! Fitz-
gerald,! Cannon's and Tam
many's man !"
A wild yell of -approval and de
nunciation went up from the twp
factions.
"New York has preesnted a
conspicuous Democrat," began
Fitzgerald. And that's all he got
out,of him.
A Texas delegate got up on his
chair, and pointing at Fitzgerald,
yelled: "Oh, you conspicuous
New Yorker, who voted .for and
with Cannon l
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