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VOLUME LXXX.- NO. 23.
ILLINOIS DEMOCRATS GATHER
State Issues Overlooked in
the Great Presidential
SENATOR TELLER FINDS
But Leaders May Head Off the
Boom With a Platform
BOIES MEN ARE VERY ACTIVE
Governor Altgeld Will Control The
Convention, However, and Dic
tate All Action.
PEORIA, 111., June 22.— Perhaps the
most significant feature of the gathering
of the Democratic clans for to-morrow's
State Convention is the strong under
current of sentiment in favor of the
indorsement of Senator Teller a3 a Presi
dential candidate upon an out anil out free
coinage platform by the National Con
vention at Chicago. Sizzling and swelter
ing under a thermometer that reached
and passed the century mark, the as
sembled hosts debated this point pro and
con to the exclusion of the merits of candi
dates for the State ticket and other de
tails usually assigned to first con
There is no question that were a Teller
resolution introduced to-morrow it would
receive the support of quite a respectable
following, but the suggestion is
antagonized by the Altgeld machine, and
as a consequence it is not likely to be
heard of on the floor. During the day
"Secretary of State Hinrichson, the or
ganizing lieutenant of Governor Altgeld,
was visited at his quarters by a large num
ber of delegates in sympathy with the
Colorado Senator and his following, and
who argued with more or less vigor and
earnestness that a coalition of the Na
tional silver Democrats with the silver
Republicans would certainly result in the
triumph of the white metal in November.
To one and all, however, the secretary
had but one reply. He contended that
any attempt toward the indorsement of
an erstwhile Republican at Chicago would
result in a bolt of the gold-standard dele
gates; that these in turn would hold a
convention of their own and nominate a
ticket which would be heralded as that of
the simon-pure Democracy, and that such
ticsec would receive the support of the
strongest Democratic agricultural and
farming elements, to whom he silver
champions, look mostly for support, and
who will be unwilling to swallow Teller
and his life-long Republicanism, even if
baited with a silver hook.
"Let us nominate a silver Democrat at
Chicago." was Mr. Hinrichsen's conclud
ing argument, again and again repeated,
"and if the silver Republicans want to
come to us, well and good; it not, let them
nominate their own ticket and carry their
own States. We will do the same, and
silver will fare just as well in the Electoral
College." As to the convention to-morrow,
it is sufficient to say that Governor Altgeld
is in absolute control, and that to 900 or
more of the thousand delegates bis wiil
He it is who will name the four dele
gates at large and forty out of the forty
four district delegates — the majority being
also tied to his post by the operation of the
unit rule. Likewise will he stand sponsor
for every plank of the platform and desig
nate every nominee upon the State ticket,
including his own renomination for the
governorship. Finally he will go to Chi
cago with the vote of the entire delegation
in his pocket, to be cast or not to be cast,
as he may will it. It is the story of the
Colorado Republican Convention retold,
with Altgeld in the place of Teller. It is
to be a one-man convention, and the dele
gates, in the proportion of three to one,
seem satisfied with the situation.
The Iowa promoters of the Boies boom
made little impression during the day, al
though they worked hard. Each arriving
delegate and party woriter was furnished
with a picture of the ex-Governor and a
pamphlet sketch of the public life and
public services over the caption: "Silver
must be restored is the issue of "96."
But the literature lacked potency. Gov
ernor Alt,- eld, when talked to in the in
terest of the Iowa candidate, was decidedly
non-committal. He characterized as an
invention of the "goldbugs" the story
that he was opposed to Mr. Boies because
the latter had made a speech justifying
President Cleveland in sending Federal
troops to Chicago during the labor troubles,
but admitted having said that this speech
might react against Boies among the la
boring element in the event of his being
the nominee. On general principles he
thought the ex-Governor's attitude on the
public questions of the day should entitle
him to consideration at the hands of the
Lithographs of Bland of Missouri were
displayed in the National Hotel this even
ing, but if he had any sponsors they
failed to put themselves in evidence.
As for ex-Congressman Morrison, not
long ago regarded as a "favorite son," his
name was not mentioned even in under
tone-. The slate for delegates at large
was agreed upon at a conference of the
Governor and his lieutenants this evening.
[■ is headed by the Governor himself,
with Secretary Hinrichsen, Judge Sam P.
O'Connell of Chicago and General Lewis
15. Parsons of Florida as his associates,
Tie latter is SO years Old.
Thomas H. Gal.an of Chicago has been
•dated to succeed National Committeeman
Ben R. Cable. The platform will in tne
main be devoted to State affairs, the Na
tional planks being confined to declara
tions for free-silver coinage and revenue
COLD MEN TO CONTROL.
Cleveland's Friends Appear to Have
Captured the Wisconsin
MILWAUKEE. Wib., June 22.— The
The San Francisco Call.
gold men and mends of Cleveland appear
to have captured the Wisconsin Democ
racy, and at the convention of the party,
which will assemble at the Bijou Theater
to-morrow at 11 o'clock, the gold men will
be able to run things their own way. The
silver forces of the State are not organized
and the victories won by them in the pre
liminary skirmishes about ten days ago
alarmed the gold men and only tended to
spur them on to more vigorous efforts.
Every sound-money man in the State
was called upon to make a special effort to
secure the election of the gold delegates,
and the result was that in some of the
counties which were thought to be bi
metallic the gold men were successful.
There will be 359 delegates in the conven
tion and a careful estimate shows there
will be, as far as heard from, 149 gold men,
87 silver men and 62 doubtful.
Thomas F. Frawley of Eau Claire, a
sound-money man, will be temporary
DEMOCRATS OF TEXAS.
Sound-Money Men Will Be Beaten
by the Champions of the
AUSTIN, Tkx.. June 22.— The Demo
cratic State Convention to elect delegates
to the National Convention meets to-mor
row, and indications are that there will be
a hot fight in the free-silver ranks over
the delegates from the State at large. The
convention will undoubtedly be dominated
by the free-silver element.
The State Convention of the sound
money Democrats also meets here to-mor
row, and will probably send a contesting
delegation to Chicago. The call was for
this purpose, but the development of the
free silver strength in the National Con
vention has thrown a damper on the propo
WILL IGNORE CLEVELAND.
Silver Men Propose to Rule the
Ohio State Democratic
COLUMBUS, Ohio. June 22.— As the ad
vance guard of the delegates to tne Demo
cratic State Convention arrive, it seems
the sentiment for free silver coinage is
even stronger tnan anticipated. It is al
most impossible to find an advocate of the
sinpie-gold standard among the Demo
crat? present to-night. There is not the
slightest doubt that the delegates at large
will be free-silver men, and it is likely that
the convention will declare in favor of the
unit rule and instruct the delegation to
Chicago to cast the entire vote of the State
for free silver.
To-night it was announced that the
State Central Committee, of which a major
ity is for the gold standard, would name a
gold-standard Democrat for temporary
chairman of the convention. This so ex
asperated the free-silver men that they is
sued notice from their headquarters that
if this was done they would ignore the S3
lection and choose a chairman of their
own. They have agreed upon Ihomas E.
Powell oi this city for temporary chair
man. The free-silver organization has de
cided that the convention shall not in
dorse any candidate for the Presidential
This will be fatal to the aspirations of
John W. Bookwalter, who was to ask for
the indorsement of the convention. His
friends still say that a motion will be
made to give him this indorsement. The
platform is to be short. It will declare in
the plainest terms for the free coinage of
silver in the ratio of 1(5 to 1, denounce the
work of the present Legislature and the ad
ministration of Governor McKinley; criti
cize the Congress at the last session and
ignores President Cleveland entirely.
MATTHEWS THEIR CHOICE
Indiana Democrats Ready to Elect
Silver Democrats to the Chi
INDIANAPOLIS, IyD., June 22.— The
Democratic convention, which opens with
the district meetings to-morrow night, has !
attracted a big crowd to the city. Various j
I meetiucs have been held to-night, and this !
much is practically assured: The platform ;
will declare ior the free coinage of silver;
at the ratio of lfitol. Governor Matthews ■
will be put forward as the choice of the j
Indiana Democrats for President.
The fou' delegates at large will be : Sen- i
SAN FRANCISCO, TUESDAY MORNING, JUNE 23, 1596.
ators Voorhees and Turpie, B. F. Shively
of South Bend and J. G. Shanklin of
Evansville. The nominee for Governor
will be ex-Congressman Shively of South
Bend. The permanent chairman will be
K. C- Bell of Fort Wayne. The platform
declares for the "immediate restoration of
silver to the place it held in our monetary
system before the act of 1873, and the free
coinage of both metals at the ratio of 16
to 1." It declores for a purely revenue
tariff and the election of Senators by the
popular vote, and contains a strong reso
lution favoring Cuban independence.
NEW YORK'S DEMOCRACY.
Leaders Have Selected Delegates
and Alternates for the National
NEW YORK, N. V., June 22.— Several
of tne prominent Democratic leaders are
in Albany to-night. Chairman Binkley
of the State Committee arrived this even
ing and proceeded at once to Senator Hill's
home, where he will spend the night. Ex-
Secretary of the Navy Whitney accom
panied him. Senator Hill, Mr, Whitney
and Mr. Hinkley will start to-morrow for
Saratoga. A long conference between the
leaders ensued at Senator Hill's home.
Tne discussion was, of course, mainly on
the platform to be adopted and the fignt
to be made for honest money at Chicago.
It is understood the four delegates at
large to the Chicago convention will be
Senators Hill and Murphy, ex-Governor
Flower and Frederick R. Coudert.
Mr. Whitney reiterated nis desire not to
go as a delegate, and Mr. Coudert was de
cided upon. It is well known that Senator
Murphy, although he will be elected a
delegate at large, does not intend to go to
Chicago. As his alternates two names are
mentioned — ex-Postmaster - General Bis
sell of Buffalo and ex-Mayor Grace of New
The Wreck and Ruin Made by the Collapse of the Lodging- House at Fifth Street and Mint Avenue.
Several People Were Killed by the Fall of the Building and Some Were Injured.
Yorfc. If Mr. Coudert is put on as a dele
gate Mr. Bissell, rather than Mr. Grace,
will probably be selected for Senator Mur
Hon. John Boyd Thatcher, Mayor of
Albany, wiil be temporary chairman of
the State Convention and it is settled that
the temporary organization shall be made
The financial plank of the platform will
follow the lines laid down in previous
State platforms and declare for the gold
standard. Bimetallism will only be recog
nized through an intTiiational agreement.
BELMONT COMING HOME.
Will Shorten His European Tour In
Order to Attend the Democratic
PARIS, France, June 22.— A representa
tive of the United Press to-day questioned
the Hon. Perry Belmont regarding a
statement that he intended to brine his
European tour to a close and return to the
United States. Mr. Belmont confirmed
the report and added that he intended to
sail for New York in a short time in order
to attend the Democratic National Con
vention as a delegate from Suffolk County,
HANNA AT HOME,
Next to McKinley He Is
the Most Popular Man
SHREWD BUT JOVIAL.
Cosgrave Tells of the Character
istics of the Great Political
DECIDEDLY A BUSINESS MAN.
But Indomitable Good Humor Keeps
His Mind in Equipoise and
CLEVELAND. Ohio, June Marcus
Aurelius Hanna, next to his friend Wil
liam McKinley, is the most popular man
to-day in Ohio. When he came home from
St. Louis last Saturday he was received
in a manner befitting Caesar on his return
from the Gallic wars, and there was almost
as much enthusiasm over ' im in Cleve
land as there was over Major McKinley in
Canton. The American people admire a
clever man, and they are inclined, perhaps
a little too much; to worship success.
Mr. Hanna is both clever and success
ful, and that is why he is admired. Ido
not know of any other person living in
the shadow of the smoke from the factory
chimneys of tlie E;*st or West who can
show the same executive ability or who can
show the same capacity for handling
varied enterprises. He is a thorough bus
iness man, ajid his prominence aa a politi
cal manager is due to the fact that when
he has a campaign to make he looks upon
it just as be would look upon any business
enterprise — simply as a piece of work to be
done and to be done well.
It was part of his business to see that
the large investments which he has made
should be protected from the danger of a
currency which fluctuate in value and
which is recognized as bullion by those
nations with which this country has the
most intercourse. It was also a part of
his business affairs to prevent the flooding
of this country with the cheap labor
products of Europe under the Democratic
system of tariff which has ruined agricul
turists in California and which would in
time bring wages and the standard of liv
ing down to the low level of European
paupers and Asiatic coolies. He knew
that the masses of tne people of the East
and the "West and the middle W r est were a
unit on thi3 proposition, the feeling, if
anything, being stronger in the large man
ufacturing districts than it even is on the
Pacific Coast. He knew that this was a
matter which went beyond mere partisan
politics, because it concerned the bread
and butter of the laborer and the mechanic
ail over the Nation because the laborers
and mechanics have become educated by
bitter experience into the knowledge that
if a man sends his money away from home
be will in course of time be allowed to send
his labor away from home also.
It was apparent to him that the forego
ing state of affairs, if allowed to prevail,
would so diminish the purchasing power
of the masses of the people that the sales
of goods would decrease, prices would
cheapen with the cheapening of their
price of labor and the margin of profit
would become smaller and smaller. Mr.
Hanna, no doubt, Knew from the his
tory ol this country that the high-priced
times were the most prosperous. The
tramp and the industrial army were un
known, factories were running full time,
and with full sets of hands, good prices
prevailed for farm and all other home
products. But by and through the intro
duciion of foreign competition, which the
Democracy welcomed with open arms and
beating heart, the nickel becomes split up
into cent pieces and the Democracy
achieved its heart's desire of cheap goods
made by cheap men, women and children.
It was necessary, in order to restore the
old condition of things, to nominate and
elect a President who would be in touch
with the best interests of the people, both
employers and employed. Such a man
had been in Mark Hanna's eye for many
years, a man devoted to the principles of
protection and whom the people of his
own and surrounding States honored for
it. That man was William McKinley of
Canton, Ohio, only sixty miles away from
Mr. Hanna's home. . Here was the work
to be done to save the industrial interests
of this country, and here was the man who
could do it. Mr. Hanna comprehended
the many serious difficulties in the way.
He was aware that Platt of New York and
that Wall street wanted Levi P. Morton
for the Presidency; that New England was
under the magnetic spell of Tom Reed ;
that Quay of Pennsylvania, with his lever
on that State, was a foeman not to be de
spised, he being one of the subtlest and
most energetic of politicians. Then there
was the silver rock away out West on
which Teller and his adherents had taken
their stand.. A man with less steam-power,
with less will force and courage than Mark
Hanna, would have faltered in the face of
so many obstacles, but these seemed only
to inspire him.
Mr. Hanna pToceeded to do business on
Continued on Fourth Page.
DEATH CAME WITH A CRASH,
Terrible Collapse of a Fifth-
Street Tenement= House
TWO KILLED AND NEARLY A
The Frightful Casualty Said to
Have Been Due to Gross
FIREMEN AND CITIZENS WORK GAL
. LANTLY SIDE BY SIDE.
Thousands View the Ruins and Cheer the
Rescuers in Their Noble Efforts to
Save Those Pinned Down
by the Timbers.
By the collapsing of a three-story frame building at the northwest corner of Fifth
street and Mint avenue at a quarter to 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon death and suffer
ing came to several people in the rums.
ERNESTINE SILVERSTEIN of 234
MRS. JOSEPH BYRNE.
MISS SARAH BYRNE.
MSB. K. McKEOWN.
GEORGE CONNEN of 220 Dora street.
MICHAEL ROURKE, hodcarrrier.
The disaster came without the faintest premonitory warning — a sudden creaking
of timber, a cracking of glass and then a thundering crash, and the tall frame
structure sank in a cloud of dust,. Presently the scene was one of wild excitement
with crowds pressing forward to see what had happened, and a band of heroic volun
teer rescuers working amid the debris. The building was used as a lodging-house
and coffee-saloon, at 20 and 22 Fifth street, immediately opposite the United
The dust from the shattered plaster and walls rose high in the air, and before it
cleared away loud shrieks and calls for help were heard, and these told the crowd that
there were unfortunate people under and within the ruins.
The members of No. 17 engine, on Mint avenue, a few doors west of the fallen
structure, were among the fir.->t to rush to the scene of the disaster to render assist
nnce to those imprisoned within the ruins or pinioned underneath the broken timbers.
Volunteers went to their assistance and the work of searching for those who needed
help was commenced at once.
The first to be removed was a woman, who was on the sidewalk, having been
struck as she was passing by. She was conveyed into the undertaking establishment
of McAvoy & Gallagher, in the building adjoining on the east, and when examined it
was discovered that she was dead.
Then came the sound of the alarm bells and whistles, summoning the firemen to
signal station No. 47, and when Chief Engineer Sullivan ascertained the occasion for
the alarm he directed his men in the work of rescue. This was done as quickly as it
possibly could be. Men with axes cut away the roof timbers which were hurled to
firenieu and volunteers who passed them from one io another until out of the way.
Directed by the heartrending cries of the imprisoned people the men plied the
axes and tore away protruding scantling and boards, and every now and then some
one was taken out and conveyed to the patrol wagons in waiting to convey them to
the Receiving Hospital.
Thus the work continued until ten had been removed and taken to where willing
hand-: were waiting to give them the attention they required.
While this was going on there was another horror. It was discovered that the
ruins in the upper rear corner had caught fire from the kitchen range, which had been
precipitated into the excavation. The already appalled onlookers seemed for a time
paralyzed at the sight when they realized that there might still be some people in the
building, and if not dead they would be smothered to death.
A hundred suggestions were offered as to what the fireman ought to do. Calmly
and coolly the officers directed some of their men to attack the burning mass with
streams from the chemical engines, while the others continued in the work of res
Pile after pile of wood disappeared, when suddenly there was a cessation of labor.
Half a dozen men kneeled and took up the form of a man, bruised, bleeding and
covered from head to foot with plaster. He was hurried to a patrol wagon and laid on
A physician who clambered on the hub of one of the wheels felt his pulse and told
the officer in charge ?• there is life in him still; rush him to the hospital."
The police were on hand and had much difficulty in establishing lines to keep
back the great crowds that had gathered from all sides to gam a view of the ruins and
the work of rescue. It was a lons time until there was order sufficient to enable all
who were willing to work to proceed uninterruptedly.
Before the firemen arrived the crowd
had dug from beneath the ruins on the
sidewalk the mangled corpse of an old
woman — a mere passer-by who had met
death through the criminal economy of
those whose business it is to be careful of
"She is alive," shouted the man nearest
the motionless form and his cry was taken
up by the thousands who had gathered,
more from an indefinable feeling that
something terrible had happened rather
than from any true knowledge of the ex
act condition of affairs.
"You are mistaken, my friend," said a
white-haired old gentleman vho had
joined the rescuers, "she is dead."
Then the cry was taken up, and long
before the body was clear of the debris
the people in that vast throng for blocks
around were telling to each other how an
old woman had met death. What was
worse, she was unknown. No one seemed
to know whence she came or whither she
But the dead woman was forgotten
momentarily at least, in toe mad but
earnest desire to rescue the living, if there
were any, from ttje mass of smoldering
ruins, thirty, yes, forty, feet high, which
threatened with each gust of wind to
JESSE MAY, laborer, of 1162 Market
J. HAN SEN.
m. a. c. christensen.
mrs. j. h. Mahler,
CHARLES RIORDAN of Dolores street
JOHN MCCARTHY, bricklayer.
burst into a seething pile of flames. For
tunately at this moment Chief Sullivan,
with half a dozen engines at his back, ar
rived. A steady flow of water for a few
moments sufficed to assure those who still
lived within the ruins that if death was to
come before they could be rescued, it
would not take the form of flame and
Tnen the real work of relief began. .Fully
half a thousand determined hands, spurred
on by the good-will of thousands, attacked
the huge mass of splinters and shattered
timbers. The heavy smoke and still heavier
steam rising from the incipient lires below
half blinded and strangled them at first,
but there were lives to be saved, and they
stopped for nothing.
Timbers flew right and left, and in ten
minutes Fifth street resembled closely the
remains of the building which had so sud
denly mained or killed nearly a score of
people. Near the top of the pile were
probably a hundred men, many with axes,
and all with a tool of some character, seek
ing to cut through the roof and ceiling.
They knew that death alone did not walk
in the shattered structure, for heartrend
ing cries, faint, but clear, could be heard.
Finally the timbers were cleared away,
and Miss Pearl Woodward was lifted from
her treacherous position. The multitude