Newspaper Page Text
VOLUME LXXIX.-NO. 159.
JOHN D. SPRECKELS IS DOUBLY HONORED.
n<'lP K steß-at-«.HrKi>-,lnhn I>. Spreck- |
eld of San Francisco. I' ly «.*••«* 8. Grant
of San Diego, George A. Knight of San
Frarelnco, General Lionel A. Sheldon
of Los Angeles.
Alternates-at-Large — J. M. Gleaves of
Shasta, D. L. Knight of Tuba, George
stow of San Francisco, James A. Lout
tit of San Joaquin.
Electors-at-Large— Chart ea F. Crocker
of San Francisco, Irving M. Scott of San
Lieutenant-Governor— John C. Lynch
of San Bernard mo
SACRAMENTO, Cal., May 6.— Bossism I
in San Francisco was downed to-day. The I
dirty finger prints of Keilyism will be no i '
longer permitted to sully the fair throat of
Republicanism ; the clammy, unclean
Democratic paw of Raineyism was
brushed from the shoulder of Republi
canism in the metropolis, and thuggery,
ballot-box stuffery and the thousand and ;
one named and unnamed political in- !
iquities which have discraced not only
the Bay City but the entire State, have
been swept away.
it was a hard battle to fight in the face
of the combined power of all that is low,
unscrupulous and selfish in human
nature; but decency, the cause of good
order, of clean government won the battle.
There was one man who had the pluck,
the indomitable courage, the strength of
character, the will power, to lead the hosts
of decency against the myrmidons of cor
ruption. That man, John D. Spreckels,
triumphed against all the combinations
and all the odds that hud been arrayed
airainst him, and he did it with the help of
the honest, the respectable and the loyal
Republicans of San Francisco, backed by
the decent Republicans of the entire State.
The calumnies which had been heaped
upon him and shot at him from ambush
in darK corners fell broken and useless for
harm against the armor of the justice of
the cause of which he was the champion
The Republican party of California to-day
is dominated by no boss. It does not need
one. It has wise and able leaders, and
among them John D. Spreckels is far from
being the least wise or the least able.
The Republicans of the State were not
ungrateful to the man who had done so
much for the party, for Mr. Spreckels was
this evening elected National Republican
Committeeman from California to succeed •
M. H. de Young.
As an evidence of the -completeness of
Mr. Spreckels' victory the fact is empha
sized that out of a total vote of 635 in the
convention to-day he received 565, lack
ing only seventy votes of being elected t
unanimously. Mr. Spreckels, in an inter
view given in another part of this issue,
said that he was thoroughly and com
pletely satisfied with the result of the
convention, and that he would faithfully
carry out the wishes of the Republicans of
the State of California.
The victory means much that is pood
for the State. In the clearer atmosphere I
after the shower, the bluer sky after the
clouds have melted into rain, may be seen
the peaceful augury of Republican success
in the great battle that must be fought
when the leaves have turned into the sere
and yellow of the fall.
In the convention proceedings to-day
there was a pleasing variety of features.
George A. Knight and Senator Spencer
furnished the tragedy, with the Minneapo
lis convention as the stage setting, and an.
imaginary rusty knife blade as the deadly
weapon. Colonel Kowalsky, A. Ruef and
Tom O'Brien supplied the opera bouffe
part of the entertainment and hoarsely
sang their disappointment over the dis
agreeable and unexpected turn of the po
litical tide. Mr. Taylor of Alameda gave
a clever imitation of walking for the cake,
when he, at the suggestion of the chair
man, arose from his seat in the Alameda
delegation, followed by Ruef and the re
mainder of his colleagues, and marched
with a bold front out of the convention.
Joseph Spear of San Francisco made a
good second, but Mr. O'Brien took the
cake. He was too mad to eat it, however.
Mr. Spear's political acting is of the
florid or old Bowery style. The gergeous
ness of his McKinley banner yesterday
and the silence of the hurrahs he expected
to receive were of about the same degree
of intensity. The convention was wiliine
enough to cheer for McKinley, but it did
not see why it should cheer for Mr. Spear.
His acting to-day was not quite so florid.
It was rather of the subdued or intense
French school, where the actor does not
strike any attitudes, but walks along un
ostentatiously, as though going to see a
man between the acts. He walked out
after Mr. Taylor and Mr. O'Brien by the
left lower entrance and did not return, the
act being necessarily very brief.
The last desperate attack of Keilyism
was after the reading of the report of the
committee on credentials by Ruef and
others, but it fell short and died in the
Three of the planks placed in the plat
form this morning had been and are ad
vocated very strongly by The Call,
namely the anti-funding resolution, the
plank on the free coinage of silver at the
ratio of 16 to 1 ana that on woman's suf
frage. It is the consensus of opinion here
to-day that The Call has achieved a great
DONE IN CONVENTION.
Regularly Klected Delegates Bested
and a Platf.trm Declaring for
SACRAMENTO, Cal., May 6.-owing
to the fact that the committees sat up
after midnight last night, and that the
committee on CTedentia!s did not con
clude its labors until after 4 o'clock this
.morning, the delegates were slow in
at the pavilion, and Chairman
Arthur's gavel did not rap for order until
It was being buzzed about on the floor
The San Francisco Call.
Chosen by a Rousing Vote as Delegate at Large to the Republican National
Convention and Named as California's Representative on the
Republican National Committee.
of the convention that George A. Knight,
a proxy from Butte, was to create a sensa
tion by leading a fight for an instructed
delegation, and that Taylor and Ruef
(proxy) of Alameda, were to make
speeches of protest against the report of
the committee on credentials, and that a
lively session would be the result.
The first mix-up occurred when the re
port of the committee on credentials was
read; but it did not last long— just long
enough to enable the chairman to request
the Ruef-Taylor delegation to retire from
their seats to make way for the set of
delegates elected at the Alameda prim
The report of the committee was to the
In favor of seating the delegates elected
at the Alameda County primaries.
Against the contestants in Sacramento
County and in favor of the delegates reg
ularly appointed by the County Central
Committee. This is regarded as a defeat
of the A. P. A. primary ticket.
In favor of the delegation in the Fourth
Congressional District elected at the
primaries held in that district April 15,
known as the County Committee delega
Against the contestants in the Forty
first Assembly District of the Fifth Con
gressional District and in favor of the reg
ular primaries delegation.
Against the contestants in the Thirty
seventh of the Fifth and in favor of the
regular primary delegates.
In the Thirty-third of the Fourth the
committee decided that the protest alleg
ing acts of fraud by the contestants was
clearly proved, and recommending that
delegates to all conventions should be
elected at primaries or caucuses regularly
called by the Central Committee or County
Committee, and that none but such should
be seated at any of the conventions here
Taylor of Alameda was on his feet in a
moment, and excitedly demanded that the
report should be taken up seriatim.
The chair put the question and the noes
had it, but Ruef and Taylor demanded a
When Chairman Arthur announced that
he would grant the request for the call of
the roll Taylor clapped his hands and
shouted "Good boy!" with so much sten
torian earnestness that the convention
! was convulsed with merriment.
The vote stood 97 ayes to 477 noes, and a
motion was made to adopt the report as a
Taylor took the platform and made a
vigorous plea in behalf of the appointed.
He explained that these appointed dele
gates had been recognized by the State
Central Committee and the Third Con
gressional District Convention. In fact,
they had assembled and elected district
delegates to the National Convention.
They had chosen two delegates pledged to
William McKinley, "and now," said Mr.
Taylor, "you do not want the seats of
these McKinley delegates at St. Louis
Taylor waxed eloquent and animated.
He declared that the committee on cre
dentials had seated the appointed dele
gates from Sacramento, and then, by an
The Closing Scene in the Republican State Convention at Sacramento-
SAN FRANCISCO, THURSDAY MORNING, MAY 7, 1896.
Personal Popularity of the Man Who Led the Fight for Pure Politics
Manifested by Spontaneous and Unprecedented Support
From All Portions of California.
JOHN D. SPRECKELS,
The Man Who Led the Fight for Honest Politics in California.
unheard of process of reasoning, had
ousted the appointed delegation of Ala
meda. He cried out: "Oh! consistency,
where is thy jewelry?" [Laughter.]
When the announcement was made a
dozen delegates shouted at once for the
H. I. Kowalsky, holding a Mendocino
proxy, came to the front with an ill-timed
speech, which aroused some resentment.
He began by saying:
"If this is a eag convention belonging to
one man I want to say something. I have
attended every Republican State Conven
tion in California since I became 21 years
of age. This time I came here as the
guest of Mendocino County. [Laughter.]
I do not want carpet-baggers to come here
and usurp the rights of others. There are
men on the Forty-third District roll of
delegates which the report proposes to
seat that were never heard of before. And
such a committee of credentials never
before existed. Talk of lead pipe cinches
and the Dutch Justice of the Peace who
refused to bear but one side of a case, and
you cannot get a marker to the committee
Kowalsky 's attack on the committee was
resented by delegates in many parts of the
house. "Time" was shouted and points
of order raised.
The chair ruled that Kowalsky could
not speak further without the consent of
the delegates, as there was no question be
fore the house.
Kowalsky was then suppressed.
An appointed delegate from Alameda
tried to speak, but Chairman Arthur ruled
that the primary delegates had been seated,
and, therefore, he could not be heard.
Meanwhile, the declared bona fide pri
mary delegates, who were standing in a
group hard by, were invited to come and
get their seats.
Reluctantly the displaced appointed
delegates arose "nd tiled out in the aisle,
Taylor leading the column. At the cen
tral gateway leading from the convention
circle down the broad passageway to the
main pavilion entrance the outgoing dele
gates were hailed and greeted by the
turned-down machine gang of the Fourth
Congressional District of San Francisco.
A gre^t uproar arose, which lasted for sev
eral minutes. Tom O'Brien, the clerk of
Campbell's court, with a far-away, deep
down and all-ni^ht-up voice, hurled epi
thets at the committee on credentials and
the convention. He shouted that the
delegates in their seats were the Mafia
and the banditti of California, who had
formed an A. P. A. council.
His parting roar was something like
"To hades with the A. P. A. and hurrah
O'Brien was at length compelled to move
on with the rest of the machine. Order
was then restored and the business of the
The reading of the report of the commit
tee on platform and resolutions by Frank
L. Coombs was attentively listened to and
greeted with applause. All the planks
were cheered, but the one on the free coin
age of silver evoked the greatest enthu
Tha following is the platform in full :
The Republican party of the State of Cali
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
forma, In convention assembled, at Sacra
mento, on the sth day of May, 1896, hereby
adopt the following platform:
Resolved, That this convention favors the
proposed amendment to the constitution of .
the State of California whereby it is sought to
extend the elective franchise to all citizens of
the United States, both men and women.
That we indorse the course of Hon. George
C. Perkins in the United States Senate in be
half of the people of the State of California and
their varied interests.
W« indorse the work of the National League
and the efforts of the young men of our party
to make it a potent factor in prosecuting a
vigorous and successful campaign in this State.
We favor the free and unlimited coinage of
silver at the ratio ot 16 to 1, and the making of
silver as well as gold a legal tender in pay
ment of ail debts, both public and private.
Realizing that good roads are a necessary
element in advancing the prosperity of any
community, and recognizing the practically
universal demand for the same, not only in
our State, but throughout the United States,
the Republican party of California pledges it
self to the enactment of legislation looking
toward improved and scientifically con
structed highways, on the most economical
We demand such National legislation on the
subject of foreign immigration" as will effectu
ally keep out of the country all contract labor
ers, criminals, paupers, diseased persons, and
the classes whose professions and teachings
are calculated to disturb social peace and
order, or are inimical to the best interests of
this country, and such changes in the natural
ization laws and their enforcement as will pre
vent unfit foreign-born person.? from becom
ing citizens of the Republic.
Our prisons and asylums contain many
people not citizens of the United States. We
believe that every nation should provide and
care for its owa demented and criminal
classes, and that all future treaties and con
ventions with other nations should provide
for sucn a reciprocal deportation of said
classes as would in time make each nation
care and provide for its own, and at its own
expense of deportation.
While we recognize the right to establish
schools through private enterprise, we de
mand that none but non-sectarian free public
schools shall receive public aid.
We heartily indorse the proposition that the
farmer of the nation, by whose labor the staple
agricultural products of the country are
brought to market, should receive a just
measure of protection for himself, his labor
and his products, inasmuch as the price
of these products is regulated by the
amount paid for them in the world's
market centers, less the cost of trans
portation from the place of production
to such centers, and as owing to the great de
velopment of staple agricultural products in
many of the cheapest labor countries of the
world the prices realized by our farmers have
of late been unremunerative, it is our duty to
endeavor to change this state of affairs. Hence
we approve of this plan that the Government
of the United States should reduce the cost of
transporting these staple agricultural products
from American seaports to foreign seaports
to the end that the prices of these prod
ucts should be advanced; and for that
purpose, inasmuch as an export can be pro
tected in no other manner, we pronounce our
selves in. favor cf the use of a limited portion
of the receipts of the United States customs for
such purpose and pledge out must earnest ef
forts to have this measure engrafted upon tho
laws of the land, to the end that the American
protective system shall benefit all classes of
the people, aid the farmer against the oppres
sive competition of the cheap labor
countries of the world, and by so doing
assist in maintaining that steady demand for
labor in manufacturing centers, so essential to
the labor of our country.
The Republican party of California is
pledged to such legislation as will thoroughly
protect the dairy interests and the public from
imposition in the sale of dairy products.
The mines of California, -with their annnal
output of many millions of dollars, have been
our financial bulwark in times of adversity;
they maintained the National credit during
the dark days of the rebellion, and they form
the basis upon which this grandest of com
monwealths, California, has been reared. The
mining industry of our State should receive
such aid and protection as will Insure its per
manence and prosperity, and for that pur
pose we favor such aid and protec
tion as will relieve the miner from
unnecessary burdens, enable him to
obtain and develop his mining
property, and will promote and encourage the
business of all kinds of raining, Including that
Known as "hydraulic mining," whenever and
wherever the same can be carried on without
injury to the other interests in the State.
We believe a revision of the tariff laws upon
the basis of the American protective system to
be the foremost of National legislation, and
have full confidence In the National Conven
tion soon to assemble to deal more fully with
this question. We condemn the policy of the
Democratic party for the last four years, re
sulting, as it has, in destroying every barrier
to American protection, and charge such
policy with the responsibility of degrading
labor and impoverishing every interest dear to
the American people.
We believe that we should adopt a system
calculated to give us the most protection in
weakness and strength, which exalts life and
promotes human happiness, and that such
system rests upon the basis of the American
protective tariff, as advocated by James Q.
Blame and William McKinley.
We commend the course of our delegates in
Congress in opposing the proposed funding
schemes of the Pacific railroad companies,
and demand that the companies be compelled
to settle their Indebtedness in some reasonable
and businesslike way, or that the Government
shall foreclose its claims upon and take
possession of the properties.
Resolved, That the Republicans of California,
while recognizing the eminent worth and fit
ness of each of the distinguished statesmen of
their party whose names have been mentioned
as aspirants for the Presidential nomination
at St. Louis, and while pledging in advance
the electoral vote of the Golden State to the
Republican nominee, whoever he may be,
hereby declare that the emphatic sentiment of
California is in favor of the nomination of that
wise and able statesman, that pure and unsul
lied patriot, that true and loyal American,
that peerless champion of protection, William
McKinley of Ohio, and the delegates from thia
State are hereby directed and instructed to
work and vote for the success of said William
McKinley as long as there Is a reasonable pros
pect of his nomination.
After the reading of the platform Prank
H. Short of Fresno addressed the conven
tion. Mr. Short is one of the owners o!
the Fresno Republican and a leading man
in his district. He began by saying that
it is sometimes as great a fault to omit
saying somp thing that should be said as to
say something that should not be said.
The resolution which he was about to
offer he desired not to be construed as any
reflection upon the committee on plat
form. He added:
'•The question is whether this convention
shall voice the well nigh unanimous sen
timent of the Republicans and the rest of
the people of this State and indorse the
action of their representatives in Con
gress or whether they will not. I pre
sent this believing that it will receive the
unanimous indorsement of this conven
Mr. Short then read a resolution com*
mending the course of our delegates in
Congress in opposing ihe proposed funding