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The delegates and galleries
joined in a great roar of cheering.
Bryan, his face white, his voice
trembling, arose to say farewell
He declined the vice presiden
cy. But not because the job was
toosmall for him.
"There is no office in the coun-"
try so low I would not accept it,"
he said, "if I were able to serve
But he said he was out of the
lists, that after 16 years' fighting
he realized he was not the man to
carry Democracy's standard to
And he added: "I never advo
cated a man except in gladness,
nor opposed him except in sad
ness. There is not a single human
being for whom I feel hatred."
But for alTof his farewell Bryan
promised to stump the country
for Wilson in the fall, and he still
remains the biggest figure in the
The first dramatic, moment of
the convention was when Bryan,
from the platform, denounced
Boss Murphy, Thomas F. Ryan
and August Belmont.
The second was when Oscar
W. Underwood showed he was
big enough not to block the
chances of another man just be
cause he didn't have a chance.
For it was Underwoocf himself
who ordersd his managers to re
lease his delegates and thus made
Wilson's nomination certain.
Clark leaders had been depend
ing On Underwood to hold his del
egates and prevent Wilson get
When the presidency was over,
and Wilson and Bryan and .the
younger delegates had won,, a
movement for Clark for vice pres- -
ident was started by Wilson's
They wanted to show the Mis-,
sourian there was nothing per
sonal in 'the warfare-they had
waged on'his manager's methods
Clark declined. He was in com
mand of his forces himself at the
end. He looked drawn and'hag
gard. He promised Wilson his
support. , '
The two worst beaten men in
the convention were Boss Mur
phy of Tammany Hall and Wil-
Ham Randolph Hearst. .
' Murphy came to the convention
believing' New York would say
who Was to be the" next president,
believing he was all-powerful. "
And Bryan out-generaled, out-
manouvred and out-fought him at t
every turn, and generally made a
monkey out of him.
Hearst believed Murphy was
all powerful, too. So he made
an alliance with Murphy thevfirst
day, and threw down his own al
lies from Illinois.
Hearst not only was made a
inonkey out of, but he helped to
iriakea monkey out of Murfmy, a
fact Murphy won't forget in a
Murphy swore he never, never
never would support Woodrow
He has eaten his words, and
promised to do his best to elect
him because, unless he does so,
he wont' be able toxarryJiis own
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