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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 02, 1912, Image 5

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order at 12:07 o'clock by Chair
man OIHe James, who ordered
the 43rd roll call immediately.
The delegates were tired, and
obviously sick of it. They drop
ped into the hall one by one, lag
ging In all of their memories stuck
the disgraceful scene of yesterday
afternoon, when members of the
Missouri delegation Openly in
sulted Bryan.
The scene occurred just after
the 33rd ballot. Missouri dele
gates hoisted a great 30 foot bann
ner. It read :
"I have known Champ Clark
for 18 years. He is incorruptible
and his life is above reproach.
Never have I known him to be
upon but one side of the question,
arid that the side of the people.
W. Jr Bryan."
Someone yelled: "Take it
over to Nebraska!" Bryan was
sitting in the front of the Ne
braska delegation. The Mis
sourians .surged over there and
held the banner before him.
Bryan men and Wilson men
jumped to their feet, and tore at
the banner. The Missouri men
fought back.
Bryan, white with rage, pushed
over to the Missouri delegation,
and demanded of Sen. Gumshoe
Bill' Stone i he had giyen the or
der for the banner to be taken
over.
Stone never answered. A dozen
Missouri men jumped to their
feet and surged around Bryan,
shaking their fists, howling
curses.
New Jersey men just across
the aisle charge'd into the crowd..
.rise ngnts DroKe out Detween a.
dozen couples. Bryan was the
center of the surging, fighting
crowd.
The police tried to take a hand, '
but were useless. They could dp
nothing with the fight-mad dele-
gates. ' '
Bryan-was fighting mad him--self
by this time. He was pushed
from side to side of the aisle.'
Missourians were yelling insults
in his face.
The Commoner pushed his way'
to the platform, and spoke ta
Ollie, James.
The Missouri banner had been t
flung to the ground. It was;
grabbed up again, and the Mfs-r
isouri men tried to hoist it to thet
press stand. i
The newspaper men objected
seriously to this, however, and
threw Missourians, banner andt
all, to the floor of the hall, and-f
started everything all over again.
Bryan rose to a question of per
sonal privilege. He said he want
ed to know if the carrying over of j
the banner was an official act of,
the Missouri delegation.
James ruled that this was nol .
a question of personal privijege
and refused Bryan a hearing
Bryan returned to his seat.
Shortly after, Dave Francis, j
former governor of Missouri,
crossed over and sat beside"
Bryan.
"I want you to understand I
had nothing to do with that ban
ner," he said. "Had I been in the
hall -it would not have happened."
Bryan and Francis. , shook,
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