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ALL'S WELL AT THE B. M. CONVENTION OPENING. 1
The first day of the Rational
Progressive convention was a
Revelation (o regular attendants
at politibal conventions. Many ex
pected to see two or'three hun
dred fanatics seated in the 'midst
of thousands of empty chaijs. But
when Senator Dixon called the
convention to order the main floor
gallery seats were occupied
The New York, Ohio, Pennsyl
vania and Illinois delegations oc
cupied the front seats, but in none
of them was a boss seated on the
end with the solid vote of the
state in his vest pocket. In this
convention each individual dele
gate was a unit.
There were very few police
men in the aisles and no govern
mentecret service men. And the
few policemen had nothing to do,
The delegates governed them
Back of the . stage Washing
ton's picture occupied a central
position, with that of Lincoln on
one side of him and Jefferson on
the other. On one gallery to the
left hung the picture of Andrew
Jackson and on the other Alexan
der Hamilton. Back at the othe"r
end of the Coliseum hung an
"enormous picture of Roosevelt.
From all over the ceiling large
American flags were dropped, and
the bands, played northern airs
and then thrilled -the great crowd
with the inspiring strains of
Dixie. And the color of the south
ern delegates was white,
ex-fecleral soldiers in the old blue1
uniform. They stood up in the3
front row on one side of the stage
ami wun oia ana new-iasmonea
drums and old-fashioned fifes!
they threw the zeal of youth into?
their war-time northern airs. But
these 'grey old veterans fairly!
brought the Vast audience to its-
was filled and a majority of the4 Dixie on fife and drum. Then was1
the Mason and Dixon line crossed?
both ways, for those blue brothers
of the north played right into the!
hearts of their gray brothers of!
the south, ai.d an united people
cheered with tears in their eyes.
There was much singing of newr
Bull Moose songs by delegates'
before the convention -was called
to order. Also national airs, with;
new words for this particular oc
casion. There was more of the religious
revival than polities' -abbm the'
convention:' There appears to be;
something religious in the enthu-
siam of these new party men and
Yes, the women had a part initJ
There were more women dele
gates here than ever before sat in'
a national political convention.
And when Beveridge keynoted
the new party strongly for equal
political rights, the men delegates
were as enthusiastic in their ap-'
plause as the women. ' J
The, big event of the first day"
was the remarkable speech of
Senator Beveridge. It was at
times a wonderful oratorical ef
fort and aroused most fervent ap-
An unique and inspiring fea- tplause. Beveridge never appeared
ture was a fife and dfum-cois-Gfjito greater advantage. Al-times-'i