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CALL HEADQUARTERS. KANSAS
CITY, Mo., July 3.-While the fight
between conservatives and radicals
over the Democratic platform was in
full swing this afternoon, David B.
Hill, leader of the anti-free silver
force was led into a genuine ambush. He
was defeated through Richard Croker's
efforts for membership on the committee
on resolutions, and former Judge Augus
tus Van Wyck was elected to represent
New York on the committee. Thus CroKer
was told by the Populists and Silver Re
publicans in conference to-day that if ha
would not object to 16 to 1 in the plat
form he would become the New York lead
er in the convention.
Croker also had Elliott Danforth side
tracked as New York's candidate for Vice
President, and John W. Keller, Charities
Commissioner of New York, was selected.
This event is likely to have. a tremendous
effect on the platform fight. It may move
Croker to Settle the financial plank as
Bryan desires it. Until the event oc
curred the fight had shifted and was go
ing against Bryan. ;.K;r
The Democratic party has been In a
very distressing way playing the strange
tragedy of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde all
day. It has been making most tremend
ous efforts to avoid discord. ' Its evil side
is to get rid of the malign influence of 15
to 1 and to return to the status that it en-
3 °T"ne in doubt. Tho
INSULT BY PHELAN
Speclal Dispatch to The Call
CALL HEADQUARTERS, KANSAS
CITY, July 3.— The proceedings of the Cal
ifornia delegaticn in the caucus at the
Coates House this afternoon were enliv
ened by a most interesting verbal duel be-
tween Mayor James D. Phelan and Dele
gate Edelman. The affair was the talk of
the California delegation to-night, and
both the principals have a rankling mem
ory of to-day's episode. Although each
declares ; to-night that he will ignore tbe
other, It Is by no means certain that they
will not yet come to blows.
- The difficulty arose in this way: Mr.
Phelan proposed that Judge Maguire (Cal
ifornia's member of the committee on res
olutions) be instructed to propose and in
sist- upon the adoption by the resolutions
committee of a plank condemning the Re-
he will come to Kansas City, himself ana
appear before the committee on resolu
tions as its advocate.
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plank out of the platform. Mr. Guffrey de
clared that Bryan would be able to dic
tate the platform and name the candidate
for Vice President.
Senator Jones said It was all a tempest
in a teapot anyhow, and it made no differ
ence whether the financial plank was re
affirmed or reiterated.
Governor Stone disappeared from pub
lic view and Mr. Campau had nothing to
say, but there were late conferences last
night and this, morning, and tho storm
against free silver broke loose anew.
It Is the eve of the Fourth of July.
Great preparations have been made to
signalize the day as a sort of Bryan ju
bilee for the celebration of the triumph
of the principles of the Popullstic party.
Patriotic speeches are to be made in the
convention by advocates of 16 to 1. The
whole town Is to be illuminated with red,
white and blue electricity in honor of the
victory predicted by Bryan's friends over
tho sound-money element of the party.
There is to be a parade also in honor of
the event. Just as there Is many a slip
between the cup and the lip. so It Is pos
sible that this celebration of the triumph
of free silver In the convention may be
turned into J the celebration of the
achievement of independence from the
little free silver oligarchy which has
mado pilgrimages to Lincoln and brought
back orders from Bryan that the con
vention must reiterate the fifty-cent dol
lar platform in order to have him as its
The feeling is really beginning to per
vade the party that Bryan is overacting
. A statement was sent out to-day cred
ited to Judge Tibbetts of Nebraska, that
Bryan would refuse absolutely to run for
President unless the 16 to 1 plank went
Into the platform. This caused a reaction
party may yet triumph against Itself or it
may be forced to yield to the insane im
pulses of its evil side and continue as a
political force In favor of a flfty-ce-it
THE BIG HALL AT KANSAS CITY WHERE THE DEMOCRATIC NA
TIONAL CONVENTION WILL BE OPENED TO-DAY.
CALL HEADQt'ARTER?, KANSAS
CITY. July 3.— The storm center Is.
no longer at Lincoln. Nebr. It Is
whirling into Kansas City. The
I':kes X'eak of Democracy, how
ever, still stands in Lincoln, towering pic
turesque and impressive. Bryan is as un.
yielding as Andrew Jackson. He bends
neither to the importunities of old friends
rior the wiles of trust lawyers and subtle
politicians. He turns deaf oars. Jo ent.
Irenes of opportunists who woulu go in
for hoodwinking the people and dillydally
ing with their enemies. Expediency is
n<u an issue at all. His platform must be
written in word? cf fire, so plain and
torse thax bootblacks and bankers, coal
miners and railroad magnates can reaa
pm they po and thoroughly comprehend
It when they retire to bed. Those who
thirked the party issue in 1S9S may come
jn or stay out. as they choose. Colonei
Bryan will make no terms with then*.
He will do nothing to conciliate or pla
cate them. No fatted calves ¦will be killed
for prodigals. They can stick to their
cornhysks or take their chances in the
kitchen at home.
"Lay down your arms or fight" is Mr.
Bryan's ultimatum. This ultimatum has
thrown all political time servers into con
fusion. It is apparent to ail that the win
ning horF<? in the race will not wear blinx
crs, and he insists that his running mate
Fhall zlIpo r.e untrammeled. There is an
•undercT-.rront of feeling In several of the
State delegations that may lead to an
anPHBcat on the floor of the convention.
Outwardly, however, all but Hill evince
a. Olspocdtton to bow to the wishes of the
candidate and po before the convention e>n
a Bryan platform, bold and defiant. These
Fame men privately bc-me^an their fate
and f-x:>ress thp.r •¦egrets at his unyield
ing attitude. Thee* gentlemen are widely
scattered. They i>.ow no Figns of con
centrating, but vr.^y do so late at right
tinder manipulation of Hill or some other
henchman of <>xf>f ri<»nce.
Croker Was Positive
David B. Elm has been unusually active.
No politician tras ever so resourceful and
able to shift his tactics at a moment's
notice. The man who entered the United
States Senate- Loading the attack on
Grover Cleveland's administration and
left it as Cleveland's only Democratic
defender is the ma:, who has nTve and
ability to throw tb« convention into un
known entanglements. All the morning
has Senator Hill been as busy as a bee
in a tar barrel. At one time he locked
himself in his room and sent Colonel Mc-
Ewen and other emissaries on outside
missions. At 2 o'clock, however, he went
to the Midland and was closeted with
Senator Murphy and Richard Croker for
hours. No other leaders were invited to
Fight in the Delegation.
Tbe fisht was then made In the delega-
If rumor is to be believed, Mr. Croker
was as positive In his attitude as Colonel
Bryan. He signified his wflUngnesi to ac
cept the Bryan platform without reserva
tion The meeting of the New York dele
gation had been called at 3 o'clock. At
the appointed hour its rooms were filled
¦with a motley crowd. Cowboys from Ok
lahoma, poker players from Arkansas,
jayhawkers from Kansas, the dilettanti
of" the Texas plains, wagon drivers from
New Mexico and gentlemen from many a
Southern and Western State were there,
awaiting a sight of the Tammany chief
tain and his braves. Curiosity was ram
pant. A few of the New York delegation
strayed into the crowd, but hour after
hour passed and* Mr. Croker came not.
He was still In the throes of the wrangle
with HU!. The fate of the latter in con
vention was at stake. It was apparent
to those outside that he had lost his in
fluence in the delegation. When he was
chosen at the State convention in New
York while Mr. Croker v.as in England
laid up with a broken leg, everybody sup
posed Hill was triumphant. Indeed, his
friends chuckled with delight. They de
clared that he net only had the State
committee by a safe majority, but that
the delegation to the National Conven
tion was a "«-nuine Hill delegation.
Whether this was fo or not. it Is certainly
.no longer a Hill delegation. This confer
ence between Ser.atrr Hill. Senator Mur
phy and Mr. Croker ended a little after
4 o'clock. Mr. Crokor maintained a firm
position and v.as not* In the least Influ
enced by Mr. Hill's sophistry. There
were r.o hard words uttered or threats
made. It became apparent after nearly
three hour* that no agreement could be
by Amos j. cummiNGs.
Their report, however, set a few choice
spirits in the Pennsylvania delegation in
a whirlwind of rage. They were ready for
anything, even to placing a candidate la
the field against Mr. Bryan himself. Il
was with great difficulty that the little
cabal was squelched. The delegation ex
pressed much bitterness toward Mr. , Cro
ker for proposing to yield to Mr. Bryan's
wishes. They started a story that the
Tammany chief was deftly favoring a
Clark is dapper, trim and neat as a
French count. He strokes his auburn
b£ard when talking over the victory and
expresses the utmost confidence in secur
ing favorable action from the committee 1
on credential*. No man would ever fancy
that he had been an old prospector and
bandied the pick and drill In a mountain.
Mnginnis hangs upon his flank watching
every' movement and working like a
beaver in the Daly Interests. There is
trouble in the Pennsylvania delegation.
Former Representatives Howard, Mutch
ler and James Kerr returned from their
pilgrimage to Nebraska this morning.
Like David B. Hill, they had gone up
against the silver stonewall and had come
back with sore heads. Both are young
men and the wounds will undoubtedly
The Clark delegates have, therefore, re
ceived the recognition of the National
Committee a's the regular delegates to the
convention. The fight will now be trans
ferred to the committee on credentials.
The Daly delegates are working tooth and
nail to reverse the decision of the sub
committee, and the struggle waxes fiercer
Similar scenes were enacted' at the Bal
timore and other hotels. The headquar
ters of the National Democratic Commit
tee had been shifted from the Baltimore
to the Kansas City Club, two blocks from
the convention ball. It was besieged by
men prominent in national and State af
fairs- seeking tickets of admission and
conferences with Senator Jones and other
members of the committee. Among those
who climbed the stairs was Senator Clark
of Montana. He had triumphed over Mar
cus Daly in the contest before the sub
committee on the previous day. Frank
Campbell was a member of this sub-eom
mltte«, much to the chagrin of Martin
Maginnis and other members of the Daly
The Clark-Daly Fight.
The crowd was still gathered about the
headquarters of the New York delegation
at 4 o'clock. No news had been received
a? to the progress of the negotiations In
the triumvirate upstairs. It '.ha an
nounced, however, that the meeting had
been postponed until S o'clock. The dis
appointed onlookers drifted down the
¦stairway into the surging crowd below.
And a surging crowd it was. edging to the
barroom, swirling Into the restaurant, all
sweltering and streaming into the differ
ent entrances to get a breath of fresh air.
John W. Kellar came to New York a
fresh college graduate many years ago.
He was first employed as a Journalist on
Truth, an independent daily newspaper.
While in its service in search for infor
mation in the tenderloin district he was
assaulted l>y ruffians and for a time his
life was in danger. Afterward Mr. Kel
lar became managing editor of the New
York Recorder, the well known Repub
lican daily. He has WTitten for several
papers under the pseudonym of "Cholly
Knickerbocker." Mayor Van Wyck ap
pointed him commissioner of charities and
he La now president of a Democratic club.
He has been a member of Tammany Hall
for a number of years and has always
been a pronounced free silver Democrat.
The friends of Elliot Danfortb were
much chagrined at the result, but Mr.
Sulzer took the announcement with a
smile and said he would gladly give way
to Mr. Kellar.
Hill took his defeat in silence and re
turned to the Coates House with his
friends. He made no definite announce
ment of his intentions. Whether he will
transfer the fight to the floor of the con
vention is not known.
Mr. Hill was proposed as representative
of the delegation In the committee on res
olutions. Mr. Croker ' named Augustus
Van 'Wj-ck.. Mr. Hill was defeated by
eight votes. John W. Kel^ir was selected
as I\c. ~v*crkVcand'f<Iate for the VicniliT-'
ation for Vice President of the United
States. • •¦ .
tion. A meeting was called at the conclu
sion of the conference and there was a
hot time. Norman E. Mack of Buffalo
was selected as a member of the new
Democratic National Committee In place
of Frank Campbell.
EX-EENATOR HILL IS THE LEADER IX THE FIGHT AT THE KANSAS f
CITY CONVENTION TO SHUT OUT THE SILVER PLANK IN THE i
' PARTY'S PLATFORM. ALL HIS EFFORTS TO WEAN BRYAN i.
FROM T1IK 16 TO 1 ISSUE, HOWEVER, HAVE BEEN FRUITLESS. J
Bryan Remains Unyielding, and His Silver
Platform Must Be Written in Words of
Fire So Plain That All May Read.
that ran through the crowd like a prairie
Many men said Bryan ought to have
stepped aside. ' Others declared it was
time to see whether one man who had al
ready been defeated for President was
gi^ater than his party.
Judge Tibbetts is out in another inter
view to-night in which he declares he
"never saw it." There is no doubt, how
ever, that Bryan, in the hope of coercing
the convention, has repeatedly declared
that it must reiterate the financial plank
or go elsewhere than to Nebraska for its
candidate for President.
, There has been a very. rapid march of
the events to-day altering considerably
the situation respecting the platform and
utterly destroying' the previous situation
as to the candidate for Vice President, t
It become apparent early in the day
that Mr. Bryan's message from Nebraska
which had disheartened Messrs. Jones.
Johnson, Guffrey and Campau, who had
sent him the letter on Saturday asking
him to keep his hands off, was made to
have only temporary effect.' '. '
When Mr. Kerr, who took this letter to
Lincoln, returned yesterday, five Demo
cratic leaders who had dared to tell Bryan
the truth, gave up for the time being and
abandoned their efforts to keep a silver
Leader David B, Hill* of the Anti-Free-Silver Force Led Into
Amhush While the Fight Between the Conservatives- and
Radicals Over the Platform Waslln Progress.
MAJORITY AGAINST A
16 to 1 DECLARATION
iv" ANSAS CITY, July 3. — I/ats to-night, after quite a careful canvass of the men selected for the corn
fi^k^ mittee on resolutions, it was assorted that there was a majority against making a specific declara
tion for 16 to 1. It was also said that the majority, if such it was, would not press the matter, owing to
>he opposition of Senator Jones. The attitude of Mr. Bryan is thought to be sufficient for Senator Jones,
•who is a member of the committee on resolutions, and will be in a position to exert a great deal of influ
ence. Senator Jones, when he first arrived, thought a reafnrmation of the Chicago platform was sufficient.
Notwithstanding the known. views of Mr. Bryan, delegation after delegation has to-day taken a po
sition in favor of the reafnrmation of the Chicago platform and against a specific declaration, yet it is not
probable that the convention will take any other course than to declare explicitly for 16 to 1. It was ex
plained in one delegation which voted for simple reaffirmation that when it was known that this course
was favored by the gold men and the word was passsd around that the proposition was against Bryan,
the delegates would weaken -when the poll was taken and support 16 to 1.
Lack of Enthusiasm at the Convention
Attributed to the Fact That the Pro
gramme Will Go Through.
5ENATOR JONES IS CHAIRMAN OF THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL
COMMITTEE AND A LEADER IN THE FREE SILVER CAUSE. HIS
EFFORTS TO CARRY OUT THE WISHES OF BRYAN AT THE CON
VENTION APPEAR TO BE MEETING WITH SUCCESS.
y—^ALL HEADQUARTERS, KANSAS
"I W CITY, V -Mo;'. July 3.— There is a «ur-
L prising lack of enthusiasm at* thl3
Democratic convention. It can be
attributed to the fact that It is
known beforehand almost exactly
what will be done by the conventign. We
may not know the exact wording of the
platform, but we understand what it
means. Whoever Is nominated for Vice
President, It will be a good ticket on the
whole and should be satisfactory to all
factions of the party. The action of the
New York delegation resulted in harmony
and good feeling.
August Van Wyck la a wise selection
on our part to represent us on the plat
form committee, because he is in perfect
touch with Democracy throughout the
State. He also understands the geograph
ical requirements of New York. He will
be able to "more entirely represent the
State than any man that could have been
placed on the committee. Norman K.
Mack is also a wise selection for national
committeeman. He had been in touch
with Bryan since 1S96 and thoroughly rep
resents the Democracy of the State of
New York. Another good man Is John
W Kellar. He is the most popular man
in the Democratic organization at large.
As to Deserters.
Any Democrat who deserts the ticket
and platform which will be decided upon
at Kansas City should be summarily dealt
with. If there are differences of opinion
the non-essential fact should cut-no figure
We shall have the support of legions 9?
Republicans who believe' that the con
tinued supremacy of this latter-day Re
publicanism is a distinct menace to the
life of the republic. Our Americanism
should be the Americanism of the great
The conventions will probably have
something to • say x nbout an income tax.
Its worth to the masses has been shown
in manufacturing countries, where ex
tremes of wealth and poverty meet.
In carrying out any policy of retrench
ment and reform we shall find arrayea
against it every bank officer and director,
every railroad official and stockholder,
every beneficiary of every large corpora
tion in the country. To be against that
array,' formidable as It will be, will be
found the. conscious humanity and hon
esty of the masses. The ultimate result
of the struggle, unequal as It must seem,
wiir be that we will win.
One way of regulating the trusts is to
reduce the tariff. We have It e>n such
high authority as the father of the sugar
trust, Mr. Havemeyer.
Regulating the Trusts.
It is a striking exhibition of the power
of a trust, and the heartless consideration
of human beings compelled to labor for it
In order to keep their wives and children
from starvation. It is estimated that 17.
0)0.000 of persons in the United States,
more than one-fifth of our population, are
dependent upon trusts for a livelihood—
that. is to say, dependent upon the method,
caprice or avarice of tuc.r managers.
enthusiastic West and of its typical Iea3
er, W. J. Bryan."
The* extraordinary'* development of tha
art of manipulating great trusts like steel
and ¦wire, for Instance, has aroused in
dignation, and this feeling will no doubt
find vigorous expression In our platform.
The spectacle of ten thousand men thrown
out of .work •without ¦warning at sundown
to gratify the cupidity of a gambler at
the opening of the Btock market on the
morrow is the most Infamous that has
ever been witnessed by the American
The managers appreciate that there
may be many obstacles in the way of
carrying out this programme, but they
are quite determined to find a way to do
It. and they express confidence that the
members of the convention will all lend
a helping hand to this end.
The discussion developed the fact that
Mr. Bryan is expected to be present In
the convention on Thursday, the day after
his nomination, and indicate to the con
vention his acceptance of the honor con
ferred. An Intimation of the convention's
purpose to secure action to-morrow ha*
been conveyed to the prospective candi
date and an invitation extended to him
to visit the convention on Thursday, and
it Is stated on excellent authority that he
has indicated that he will accept.
The members of the committee express
themselves generally as of the opinion
that the programme can be carried out.
and those who know of the invitation to
Mr. Bryan do not hesitate to say that ha
will certainly accept.
The discussion developed some points of
the programme of the committee. It will
have a day and a night session. It is the
purpose to have the usual committees ap
pointed as promptly as possible after the
convention opens, and then have them
get together Immediately, act as soon a?
they can. and. If possible, report and har»
the convention act upon the reports be
fore adjourning in the afternoon. Falling
to bring about action in the afternoon,
they hope to get the committee reports
disposed of early in the evening and still
accomplish Mr. Bryan's nomination be
fore the adjournment of the night ses
Committee, as was also the intention of
the National Committee to have the nom
ination for the Presidency made to-mor
row if possible.
The desire on the part of the members
to accomplish this end was developed at
the close of the session and it wa3 brought
to the surface by an Invitation to the
committee from the citizens of Kansas
City to take a tallvno ride to-morrow
evening. This invitation was extended by
ex-Governor Stone of Missouri. When,
it was presented Mr. Clayton took »tho
floor in opposition to its acceptance, say
ing that there was a well defined and
general wish that Mr. Bryan should be
placed in nomination on the Fourth of
July, making a fitting Democratic cele
bration of the national anniversary- Sen
ator Kenney spoke in the same strain and
Senator Jones descended from the plat
form,to add his voice in support of the
proposition. All agreed that such a nom
ination would add spirit to the occasion,
and give the ticket a send-off such as It
would not otherwise receive. The mem
bers of the committee generally support
ed the proposition and as a consequence
the invitation of the Kansas City people
publican administration for its failure to
enforce the civil service laws and declar
imc in favor of an extension of the ci\il
service and its strict enforcement. Senator
White was presiding as chairman and
8 e JSK SSSSfl^Sa-^S; SfESJ
grimaces and to raise. both hands to his
K-T and shake them In the manner that
is empoved by some in. seeking to cast
ridicule upon a Jewish person. But Mayor
Phelan was unaware that his movements
we?e reflected in a mirror, and Delegate
Edelman suddenly wheeled around and
confronted his tormentor. The Mayor was
nhished whereat some or tnose in me
swess'-j. saras-si "s js
sfe b 4£?.sn5.if Sj™ c ?vr?
snondent to-night that his friends had ad
vK him to ignore a person who was so
little and bo cowardly as to insult a man
when his back was turned. The Mayor
*",,-% by The Call correspondent and
aVked to give his version of the affair.
At first he professed to be Ignorant of the
rnXinine of anv "quarrel between hlm
™<ff and Mr. Edelman. but finally admit
ted it. while attempting to belittle the im
nnrtance of the affair.
"All I have to say is that Mr. Edelman
was very offensive in his remarks to-day.
He is a ruffian and I shall pay no more
attention to him." said the Mayor.
\11 members of the delegation, includ
ing Senator White, are in sympathy with
Mr Edelman, but hope there will be no
further difficulty between the two gentle
BRYAN TO ADDRESS
. THE CONVENTION
KANSAS CITY. July 3.— Unless plans
perfected to-night be upset Mr. Bryan will
attend .the. Democratic National Conven
tion after his nomination If he Is put in
the field early enough to render it prac
ticable for him to do so. A formal invi
tation has been extended to him and he
has said that he would accept.
This fact was brought out in the after
noon meeting of the National Democratic
BRYAN MAY NOT HAVE HIS WAY
AT THE KANSAS CITY CONVENTION
A new candidate for Vice President
dropped from the clouds this morning. He
was blown across the Mississippi River
by the prairie winds in Illinois. He land
ed on his feet and made a very favorable
impression. He has a. hatchet face, keen
blue eyes, a large Adam's apple, round
shoulders and thin, brown hair. This gen
tleman la Jesse R. Williams of Carmi. He
If Colonel Bryan should ask for the
nomination of Charles A. Towne the lead
er of the New York delegation would un
doubtedly favor it. It will be a Bryan
ticket and the Bryan ticket will be a
proposition to place George Fred Williams
of Massachusetts in the field. They de
nounced it as a Tammany plot, declaring
that Mr. Croker favored all ultra radical
schemes with the Intention of overloading
the ticket and breaking it '.down. They
pointed to his alleged action in regard to
George Fred Williams as confirmatory of
these intentions. Of course thi3 Is all
moonshine. .Mr. Croker has never an
nounced his intention of favoring any can
didate or any platform that is not per
fectly acceptable to Mr. Bryan.
Bryan's Latest Threat.
has served several terms in the House of
Representatives and had always been an
ardent a/id persistent soldier in the free
silver c«&se. His speeches on the floor of
the House are as replete with informa
tion and as interesting as any ever made
by Mr. Towne himself. There is not a
flaw in his record. He would make a
candidate not only acceptable to Mr.
Bryan and his friends, but one that could
silence, all caballing !n the Illinois dele
gation and even bring John P. Altgeld and
Carter Harrison to terms.
The city is jammed. Walnut street at
night is roofed with parti-colored electric
lights, making a view of unsurpassed
beauty.- Clubs and delegations, headed b>
brass bands, are turning nearly every cor
ner, and the sidewalks are packed with
crowds of sweltering humanity. As mid
night approaches -these crowds increase
In number and the excitement is Intense.
The latest rumor: i3 somewhat startling.
It is averred' that a well-known .'gentle
man: from Missouri has received a dis
patch from Colonel Bryan announcing
that if there is any trouble In the con
vention over the adoption of his platform
SAN FRANCISCO, WEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 1900.
VOLUME L.XXXVIU— NO. 34.
Special Dispatch to The Call.
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL.
BY OLIVER H. R. BELMONT.