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Democratic Convention Is Thrown Into Confusion When Attempt
Is Made By William J. Bryan to Force Thomas F. Ryan From Floor
TO BITTER DEFENSE
He Is Hotly Told That State Can Look
After Its Own Affairs, Has No Favors
- to Ask of Him and Wants None
of His Meddling.
STORM COMES ON ATTEMPT TO OUST
THOMAS F. RYAN FROM CONVENTION
congressman Hal. D. Flood Denounces Nebraskan
as Only Man in Convention Who Wishes to
Wreck Democratic Party, and on Part of Vir
ginia, Accept "Insolent Challenge"?Bryan Is
Greeted by Hisses and Catcalls When Fie Arises
to Speak for His Resolution and, Seeing Defeat,
He Is Compelled to Withdraw Objectionable
BY ALEXANDER FORWARD.
Baltimore. Md . June 27. ? When William Jennings Bryan undertr.Dk to-|
sight to have the National Democratic Convention demand the withdrew*! of j
rhomas F. Ryan as a delegate from Virginia he aroused a far greater atorm j
than when he undertook the d?fer.t of Alton B Parker for temporary chairman..
The spirit of Virginia at this proposition of unparalleled Insolcnca was
Instantly aroused. Three of her delegates were sent to the stand, and two of
them spoke for the majesty of the Commonwealth and In defense of her rights.
Virginia refused to request Mr. Bryan to withdraw his resolution, and the dele?
gation threw Its defiance In his teeth.
It was so evident that the convention disapproved Mr Bryan's extraordinary
proposal that he withdrew It But before he did so he was compelled to listen
to declarations by the representatives of the State that It hau no favors to ask
of him. could control its own sffalrs and resented his interference fc
"Virginia," sa.d Judge John W. Price, of Bristol, "win take the responsi?
bility for her a*-ts." .
Flood Renounced Him an Pnrty-Wreeker.
Representative Henry Delaware Flood, white with rage at Mr. Bryan s sum?
mary act. denounced the Nebraskan as the only member of the convention who
d'Mred to wreck his party.
Replying to this part of Mr Flood's speoch. Mr. Bryan hoiH retorted that
his reputation would not be worth d*fenling when It became ne'essary to
Jefend It from a charge preferred by a fri?nd of Thomas F. Ryan.
The reason for the demand mad* by Bryan for the withdrawal of Ryanj
(rem the delegation front Virginia and of August Belmont from that of New
York was their generally recognized po.-ltlcn as U-aders in what Bryan called
the predatory Interests" As soon as the night session of the convention had
hr.en opened with prayer. Mr. Bryan aro?.-. and secured consideration of his ?
resolution under suspension of the rules The paper had two parts?first, a
declaration that no candidate who was a representative of the privileged class
i-hould be nominated for President, second (the part that hurt), that the con?
vention disapprove the election of any delegate under obligations to or con?
trolled by Thomas F P.yan. J. P. Morgan. August Belmont or any representative
it the privilege-hunting or favor-seeking class. Further still, to reuulre the
withdrawal from the convention of a.ny delegate under obligations to those
Virginia and Xt? York Delegatlona In t'proar.
At once the Virginia and New York delegations, in one of which Mr. Ryan
and In the other Mr. Belmont were seated, were thrown Into an uproar. Prac?
tically all the Virginians were highly Indignant with this attempt on the part
of a citizen of Nebraska to throw out a delegate from another State whose
uncontestel election had been unanimously made by the State convention of his
The Viigu.:.i delegation dispatched Congressman H. D. Flood and Judge
John W. Prl. e to :he stand, where they arrived long before Mr. Bryan had con?
cluded his. remarks in support of hi.- resolution.
The Commoner, who, by Iiis attack on home rule in Virginia, lost a vast
amount of prestige which lie had gained during the past day or two, made some
startling assertions He said an attempt was being made to seil the Demo?
cratic party Into bondage to the predatory interests. Mr. Rryan characterized
this reputed sale of the party as "the most Insolent attempt in the history t>t\
politics to dominate a convention." It was inteneied. he said, to make tlie nom?
inee the. handmaid of the men who bought the party. He thought It was time
lo speak out when an effort was making to deBauch 8,500,000 Democrats. Ho
wii9 unwilling that Thoma* F. Ryan and August Belmont should sit 111 the con?
vention If the body did not agree with him. he at least wanted those States
which did agree to have an opportunity to go on record.
Mr Bryan got a cool reception. He evidently saw it and concluded by say?
ing that if a ballot were taken in the delegations of the two States and he was
asked to withdraw the latter part of his resolution?that referring to Ryan
and Belmont ?he would do so. But, he added, it must be a vote of the de-legates
from New York, and not of Murphy.
As soon as Mr. Bryan concluded. Henry Delaware Flood, of Appomattox,
Congressman from the Tenth Virginia District, secured the floor. He shouted:
Ace-epta the luaolrnt Challenge.
"For Virginia I accept the Insolent challenge made by the only man in this
convention who wishes to wreck the Democratic parry."
Loud cheers greeted Mr. Flood's defiance, and much confusion ensued. The
Virginia delegates gathered about Flood, and those from New York about Bel?
mont, and each received a demonstration. Many delegates from other States
joined In the cheering to show their feeling on the Bryan proposition. Mounted
on chairs. Robert B. Tunstall, of Norfolk; Rorer A. James, of Danville, and C.
W. Bondurant. of I.ce. led the. applause.
Senator James K. Vardaman, of Mississippi, begged for quiet and order,
which was partly restored.
Judge John W. Price, or Bristol, spoke briefly for Virginia. He said the
State >.*d given a majority against the unit rule and had voted solidly for the
minority report on the South Dakota fight. "Virginia," he said, "would give her
hearty support to the first part of the resolution, but not to the last. Virginia
can control her own affairs. She Will take the responsibility. Virginia Is able
' to right her wrongs and to demand her rights."
Mr. Bryan again arose and was greeted with loud his-'es. He said Virginia
had notllled him through two representatives that the delegation desired him
[ " ...... (ContlnueA.^n. Ninth Page?l
THOMAS FORTUNE RVAX?
Iii MAZE OF PLOTS
Plotters Themselves Cannot
Keep Their Various Intrigues
MACHINE IN GOOD SHAPE
Prepared to Deliver for Clark,
Putting Him Against
DV SAMUEL, C. DLYTHE.
(Copyright. 1912.) I
[.Special tc. The Timcs-IMspatch.] I
Baltimore. Md., .iune 27.?After en- j
tertntnlng as their welcome hut noisy ,
guests the entire Pendemonium family
from 'ittie Peter |
Grand Sire 1"
for three days, the
gates, in conven?
are squared away
as this Is written
to show the wait?
ing world whether
they have it in
them to select a j
champion or will
pick out a chump. I
Samuel G. Blytbe. Some twenty
one set speeches,
and many that will be both unset and
unsought?some two or three hours of
that sort of useless noise that passes
under the broad, general head cf dem?
onstration; although it demonstrates
nothing except the folly of trying to
run a deliberative body when entirely
surrounded by howling Dervishes?and
a long-drawn ballot must Intervene be?
tween the production of this piece onf
Thursday afternoon and its publication
on Friday morning. Wherefore, for the
time being, all prophet's regalia Is put
hack in the cedar chest, all prophecies
are herewith declared subject to the.
recall, and whatever the outcome Is, it
was, of course, exclusively predicted in
All Are Confident.
On the one hand, 'tis confidently
stated by those who ore close to the
Clark management that Clark will be
nominated either on Thursday night
or sou e time Friday. On the other
hand, it is declared with equal confl?
uence that Wilson will be nominated
i during a similar period of time. Con?
tinuing along down the line until we
reach .Judge Simeon Baldwin, of Con?
necticut, Who has a ?mall nnd select
number of delegates at his disposal, and
who will dispose of them and i>e dis?
posed of early In the proceedings, It Is
clearly appnrent that eventually there
, "xContlr+ued OA Nlnt?^Patse.J. _
! CHAIRMAN JAMES
j DELIVERS 'KEYNOTE'
In Ringing Address He Denounces Administration
of President Taft, and Praises Work Accom?
plished by Democrats Since They Came Into
Power in House.
Baltimore. Md., June 27.?Senator
Elect Oilie James, of Kentucky, perma?
nent chairman of the Democratic Na?
tional Convention. In his keynote
speech to-day. spoke in part as follows:
"The Republican party, flushed with
many victories, Imperious as a tyrant,
unheeding the demands of the people,
took the reins of the government in 1908
under the solemn promise that they
would revise tlie tariff in the interest
of the consumer. Instead of keeping
this promise, as they should have done,
because It was their bond of honor, they ,
betrayed it. They raised the tariff I
higher than ever before, until it reached ]
its maximum of protection, being 47 per
"The story of this base hetriyal is
known to all m*n. The Democratic
party appealed on their record in the
Sixty-first Congress upon the Payne
AldrlCh tariff bill to the American peo?
ple, and we received from them a ver?
dict of guilty against the. Republican
party and the bestowal ot power upon
ourselves. How faithfully WO have
kept our promises to thorn is but a
resume of our olli, i.ii action."'
Reviews Turin' ltevl?lon.
Mr. James reviewed at great length i
the tariff revision legislation passed :
by the Democratic House and referred
; to the bills vetoed by President Taft. |
I Referring to the veto of the wool hill,
"And to-day the wool trust stands,
> not behirtd a majority of the lawmak?
ers of the republic, hut behind the veto
[of the President and the eleven more
than one-third ??f the representatives ?'f
;the American people, picking the pock?
ets of Hie shivering poor and ragged
I people of America. The Republican
I party became s6 arrogant and conft
I dent that this character of robbery
I would continue to meet the favor of the
American people that they boldly
I wrote into their platform of 1908 B
declaration that the tariff should not
'only equal the, difference in the cost of
' production at home and abroad, but
I should be high enough in addition to
' this to give a protit to the manufas -
1 turer here.
I "President Tuft has the lone and
singular distinction "t being the only
i President in the life of this republic
who, ever vetoed hills cheapening cloth-.
' lug to the people, lumber to the homo
; less and meat and bread to hungry
I Americans and free farming Implements
to the tolling farmer."
Mr. .lames referred al some length t,?
the Tariff Board, and mud:
liefern to Turin floord.
?"When does a demand for a report of
a, Tariff guard cgmo. lo our cars? It's,
when the tariff has already been fixed
so high that they know they can get
it no higher and if the people's rep
resentatlv.es were allowed to speak
thy would reduce it. Then we are told
the Tariff Board must report. This
great right of taxation must be taken
out of the hands of the people and
lodged in the hands of a board of five
nivn. and their report must be awaited
by the suffering people of the United
Other legislation passed by the Dem?
ocratic House, he pointed out. was the
income tax, publicity of campaign
funds and dire, i election of Senators.
He declared for vigorous antitrust laws
and said in part:
"We are not opposed to big business.
We recognize that in a big country
there must be his business, but we say '
with all the emphasis of our souls that I
big business, like little business, must
I obey the law. We would strike from
these trusts every character of protec?
tion. We would write a tariff law
strictly for revenue only, and place
the tax first upon the luxuries, and It
that did not produce sufficient revenue,
then upon the comforts of life, and
I lastly we would lay the burden of tax?
ation iipon the necessities of life. These
: infant industries must be w, med, j
i Infants they began, but are mighty
'giants to-day, win, have coalesced their
strength to drive skyward the con of
ll\ing and oppress the people."
Illftrr \gnluM Toft.
' The latter -part Of the chairman's
upcoi h was devoted to severe stric
lures on President Taift'u admlnlstra
I lion. On that subject lu- said in part:
; "President Taft did n>>t take time to
I carry out. hut he kicked out the Roose?
velt policies. The atonement that
Roosevelt offers tlw American vot-rs
that he succeeded 'n deceiving by the
election of President Taft Is prestnt
j ins to iliom th.- one who mude the
; mistake, who is himself The Amcrl
I can people fear he will be as much [
i mistaken in hi mis elf as he was in Presi- ,
' dent Taft. The atonement is not suf- j
j Helen I, if he wants to come with
I clean hnnds and a .-lear conscience let i
him loin with us. and do what ou,Tnt
to hive hfen dope fou;- years ago,
' el?et a Democratic President.
! "President Taft Is joined to hi* idols.
I His administration i>re? = nts the mosi ;
j melancholy spectacle in all our na- ,
1 Moria) life. Repudiated In the middle j
of iri? term by the eljistlon of a Demo?
cratic Congress. hi* retaonilhatioh
forced by a wholesale unseating of
honesi dblcfij&tes, he loft-handol In
both hands, does ?>v ry thing wrong;
(Continued on Ninth Page.), ~ ,
HISSES AND JEERS
GREET INVASION .
OF STATE'S RIGHTS
This Part of Resolution Is Withdrawn After
Storm of Protest, but Declaration of Party
Against Morgan-Ryan-Belmont Interests
Is Adopted by Overwhelming Vote.
VICTORY IS REGARDED AS GREATEST
PROGRESSIVES EVER HAVE ACHIEVED
Business of Convention is Delayed by Sensational
Incident With Result That Nominating Speeches
Run Far Into the Night With Little Prospect of
More Than One Ballot Being Taken?Under?
wood and Clark First Candidates Placed Before
Delegates, and Their Names Are Received
With Great Demonstrations?Wilson and Clark
Still in the Lead.
Convention Trying to Reach First Ballot^
Daltlinore. Md., .lime 28, 2 ?20 A. M_At an early hour tul* uiorulng tbe
Dcraocrntlc National Contention wum In nrxHlon, endenvorlug ronch n OrMt
ballot lu ?hr Off tot to uumlund- n presidential candidate.
After kIx hour* of oratory nud unlny demount ration, the mimen of
Oacnr W. t'nderwood, <"hump Clurk und Simeon B. Baldwin were before
the eonventlou. At ItllO A. M. New Jeraey wan recognized to nnmlnnio
"Woodrow WIlHOD, and a wild demonstration began. Indications nt Hint
time were that n flrat ballot would not he reached before daybreak.
Ucuplte the heat and tbc length of the aenalon, the gnllerle? were atlll
crowded with men and women.
Baltimore. Md., June 27.?Oscar W. Underwood, of Alabama,
and Champ Clark, of Missouri, had been put in nomination before
the Democratic National Convention at 12:30 A. M., and at that
hour other nominating speeches were in order.
Both the Underwood and Clark nominations called out pro?
longed demonstration- among their enthusiastic followers. A tight
by William Jennings Bryan "to rid the Democratic, part)- of the
Ryan-Belmoont-Morgan intere-t delayed the beginning of nomi?
nating speeches at the night session from 8 o'clock until m\irly it.
Mr. Bryan at first proposed by resolution to throw Thomas V. Ryan,
of the Virginia delegation .an dAugust Belmont. Of the New York
delegation, out of the convention, but abandoned this plan in the
face of the storms of protests from these States. His modified
resolution declaring against, any candidate under the influence of
those interest- carried overwhelmingly.
At the conclusion of the roll call, on his resolution Mr. Bryan
had the following to say in regard thereto:
"This vote eliminates all of the reactionaries, and we can now
proceed to the election o fa progressive, put him on a progressive
platform and g oout and win. There are some things which I think
it would be wise for the candidate to do, but they need not be an?
nounced until his nomination.
Why He Withdrew Part of Resolution.
Later. Mr. Bryan received newspaper men, anw was asked if
he had any reasons to give for withdrawing the latter part of the
resolution introduced by him demanding the withdrawal from the
convention of the persons named in the resolution. He said:
"I stated my reasons at the time. Many of our Democrats sin?
cerely objected to the second resolution on the ground that it was
.111 invasion of a right of the State, and I did not want to put them
into a position where their reasons for voting against the double
resolution would be the subject of discussion.
"Others were likely to use it as an e.\cu-e for voting against
the fir-t part of the resolution, and 1 thought best not to give them
.that excuse, and the purpose was served in the condemnation of
the men and the system that they represent.
"The large majority indicate- that the actual number of dele
gaes who* will admit that they are reactionaries is really small,
l-rom now o invc will have a progressive convention and a pro?
gressive campaign, and I believe a Democratic victory."
"'There has been a suggestion of a bolt on your part."' was sug?
gested by one.
Mr. Bryan smiled as he answered: "Hae you heard any talk
!of anything like that" Woul dl be apt to bolt a' prof/ram such as I
"Of Course, ihe report was circulated by your enemies."
"Do not measure me by my cnemie-. I have had to tight them
for sixteen year- in the people - interest-, and I expect to have td
j light them as long as I live."
"Docs your statement mean that you are against. Mr. Clark?"
"No. <ir." Mr. Bryan hastened to respond. "1 regard Mr. Clark
I as a progressiv e. [ am instructed to vote for him."
1 "But the breaking of the unit rule would allow vou to vote for
I whomsoever you pleased, would it not?"
"Not at all : and 1 have refused from the beginning to express
any preference as between Mr. Clark and Mr. Wilson."
CONVENTION IS SURPRISED
BY BRYAN'S RESOLUTION
Baltimore-. Md.. June "7.?I'rg-ed by.
the generally distributed Information
I that the nomination of a, presidential
convention adjourned to-night, crowds
' of spectators bogan to tile into the
convention hull early. By 7 :.1i>. ? half j
an hour l>efore the hour fixed for tho J
Session the galleries and the guest*'
[scats on the floor were filled, and thoj
candidate would he
?-Utes were beginning tri crowd
Aljin^^ of the spectators In the gal?
leries were again prr?ared for gen?
eral demonstrations in favor of thelt
ca'nd.lfjates. Banners. Ithographs and
all sort's of noise-making parapher?
nalia were carried Into the hall by the
early arrivals in the galleries. A blsf
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