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ST. LOUIS CONVENTION.
Gathering of Democrats Tomorrow
Will Be the Most Memorable
St. Louis. July 4.-lore than onc
orator at the recent Republican na
tional convention at Chicago felt
called upon to apologize for the ap
parent lack of interest there. More
than one explanation was made that
it Iequired a contest to create en
There will be no need for any such
apology or explanation when the rep
resentatives of the Democratic par
ty in the United States assemble in
St. Louis Wednesday for the purpose
of naming their national candidates
and preparing the platform upon
which they will appeal to the country.
All indications are that the com
ing Democratic convention will be
one of the most interesting political
gatherings of recent years. All the
great leaders will be present. There
will be nothing "cut and dried" about
it. The delegates themselves will de
cide what they want to do. And it
is because the delegates are yet un
certain as to their course: because
there are so many possibilities in the
situation: and because of the vast in
terest involved, that each day's ses
sion of the convention will present a
scene of feverish excitement and wild
acclaim which will make it memora
ble in history.
With five or six presidential can
didates already in the field and sev
eral "dark horses" being diligently
trained, to be entered as "added
starters" at the last moment, the
prospects for a lively and spectacu
lar contest are great. No one now
here expects the convention to be
concluded in three days. It may run
for a week. But while it lasts there
will be ample opportunity for the en
thusiasts to "enthuse" and for the
leather-lunged patriot to shout him
self hoarse in behalf of his country,
his party and his candidate.
The setting for the big event has
been well chosen and every prelim
inary has been arranged. The con
vention will be held in the great hall
of the Coliseum which is situated in
the heart of the city of St. Louis and
is conveniently reached by several
lines of street cars. The big hotels are
within easy distance. The decora
tors have already taken the hall in
hand and expect to have completed
their work by Wednesday. C. W.
Martin, the head of the Missouri Tent
& Awning Co., of this city, who has
the cc itrbct in charge, promises to
make . ie hall a bower of beauty. If
the profuse use of flags and green
stuff can do that there is no doubt
that he will fulfill his promise, for of,
them he has a plenty.
At Chicago the most prominent
feature of the decorations wvas a large
picture of the late Senator Hann~a.
Because of the pre-eminent part he
had taken in the formulation of Re
publican policies in recent years, that
was apropriate enough. But at St.
Louis the central figure will be a
large picture of Thos. Jefferson. Re
publicans. may say that that is another
indication that the Democratic party
is living in the past But to Demo
crats-and this is to be a Democratic
convention-the conrrast will have
There will be no pictures of the
only living Democratic ex-president,
Mr. Cleveland, nor of any of the can
didates for the pre.sidential nomina
tion in the hall. In this respect the
decorations will be non-partisan.
The hall itself is oval in shape and
of substantial structure. Great steel
girders support the roof, which is
arched so as to afford the greatest
acoustic- properties. A tier of seats
rising from the floor of the hall ex
tends around each side and a gallery
up nearer the roof increases the ac
commodations for visitors. There
ar: seats provided for 10.500 persons
i: the hail. Three thousand of these
are on the floor itself. still leaving
ample able room.
- In the arrangement of these seats
a new idea has been caried into effect
by Seargeant-at-Arms John 1. Martin.
of St. Louis. who has officiated in a
similar capacity in the last three Dem
ocrtic conventions, and who is the
presiding genius in charge of every
detail here. Col. Martin is making
an effort to have this convention so
perfectly arranged that it will be a
model for all future assemblies of the
kind, and he is quite liable to "make
Th seaer platform is in the
center of the north side of the hal, I
one of the long curves of the ov-al
It is raised al-out five feet from the
Back of this platform is a tier of
seats for the members of the na
tional committee and distinguished
guests. A row of boxes extends all
the way around the hall. like those
in Madison Square garden. New
York. at the horse show, and these.
too. will be reserved for distinguished
Immediately to the right and left
of the platform are the desks for
the working newspapermen-those
representing daily newspapers whose
reports must be dashed off at once
to the telegraph wire. These desks
number 176 on each side. Just back
of them are railed-off sections con
taining 300 chairs on each side for the
use of the representatives of the
weekly papers and the magazines.
Altogether there will be over 700
seats on the floor reserved for the
Stairways in front of the corres
pondents and by the side of the plat
form lead down directly to the tele
graph offices of the Western Union on
one side and the Postal Telegraph Co.
on the other. so that "copy" may be
rushed to the wires without delay.
Back of the correspondents on
each side-ani here is where the new
idea comes in-are the seats for the
alternates. Heretofore in all national
conventions the alternates have been
stretched in long lines from end to
end of the hall back of the delegates.
The delegates themselves, in a
wide-pointed wedge formation, will
occupy the exact center of the floor,
stretching from directly in front of
the speakers' platform to the rear of
the hall. They will be seated on
each side of a wide aisle leading
straight to the platform, and there
will be an aisle on each side of them,
so that a delegate who is called to
the platform to speak. or who desires
to send a telegraph message, can.do
so without disturbing his colleagues.
The drawing of seats for the dele
gations. which is done by a blind
folded boy who draws the name of
each state from a box previously
Well-shaken. will occur in the
office of sergeant-at-arms. The
first names out of the box
get the front seats. and the lot
tery frequently has pecul;ar results.
Just how it will trun out this year
will not be made known until the
day before the convention when the
standards, bearing the name of each
state, will be placed in position.
These standards, by the way. will
be fastened securely to the floor so
that delegates in a moment of en
thusiasm may not snatch them up
and bear them in triumph around the
hall. That is a favorite "stunt" of the
delegate and frequently results in
much confusion because of his inabili
ty to find the place from which he
took the standard when he wants to
At the east end of the hail a com
plete postoffce is being fitted up
with letter boxes for each delegate
and alternate. This will be under the
charge of Assistant Postmaster
Henry P. Wyman of St. Louis; Win.
M. Drumm, the efficient secretary to
the sergeant-at-arms, and McDon
ad Martin, custodian. A corps of
carriers will be in attendance to
carry the mail to the delegates in
their seats, thus making the mail
delivery as nearly as rapid as tele
graphy as it is possible to make it.
Eight or ten long-distance tele
phone boxes are ranged on the north
side in close proximity to the stairs
leading to the telegraph rooms.
In the southeast corner of the
building an emergency hospital has
been located, fitted up with all the
latest appliances. This has been es
tablished under the auspices of Dr.
John H. Simon. president of the St.
Louis board of health. Doctors, twvo
trained nurses. an ambulance and at
tendants with stretchers will be in
An innovation is the appointment
as offcers of the 'convention of a
number of "'honorary medical offi
cers." Each member of the national
committee has, in response to invi
tation. named one of these offcers
from each state. and a ninely en
grossed and colored commission has
been issuedl to them as well as to the
door-keepers, assistant sergenats-at
arms, special offieers, ushers, etc.
Every attention has been given to
wards promoting the comfort of the
delegates and others in the hail.
placed at advantageous points to keep
the air cool and in circulation. In
he northeast corner has been placed
i huge ice box to contain 2o tons of
cc and a large quanity of
the :inest drinking water obtainable.
A corps of young men, dressed in
wvhite duck. will carry ice water
through the ha]l for the use of thirs
ty delegates and guests.
A special band stand to accommo
late 3o pieces has been erected above
the gallery facing the speakers'
stand. Telephone and electric bell
:onnections between Sergeant-at
Arms Martin's desk and the leader
)f the band will enable the former to
zive the necessary directions as to
wchat music is most appropriate at
There will be an efficient tire pa
rol under the direction of the chief
3f the city fire department, and a
;till alarm force armed with fire ex
inguishers. Two hundred po.icemen
4ill be on duty outside -i the hall to
preserve order abouit the entrance.
It has been decided that the iein
>orary chairman will be John Sharpe
Williams. of Mississippi. C. A. Walsh.
>f Iowa. will be the temporary secre
,ary. and Col. John I. Martin, of St.
Louis. the temporary sergeant-at
irms. Capt. Frank M. Brust has been
elected as chief doorkeeper.
The following will be the reading
:lerks: C. J. Gavin, of Raton. New
Mexico: E. E. Murphy. of Leaven
4vorth. Kas.: W. W. Brandon. of
Montgomery. Ala., Jef Pollard, of St.
Louis and John J. Donavan. of Mil
A number of notices of contests
ave been filed with Secretary
Walsh. Among them are contests
from the 12th (Columbus) district
f Ohio: the second district of Maine.
the first, second, third. fourth, fifth,
ind sixth districts of Pennsylvania,
We are determined no
3oods, let them bring l
ales. Last week we sol
3c. Calicoes. Every sm
Materials are up to datE
beginning today, the kn
We want every man, wo
to visit this store dur
tomorrow, come today.
1,000 pieces Fine Dress
3oods, all 50, 60, 70, 75 and
30c. goods go in this gigantic
July sale at 39c. yd. Now',
:he time to buy your Dress
mnd Skirt for half you have to
>ay at other stores.
Over 3,000 yds. the beauti
ul Nettine Voiles, worth and
sold the State over at 40c. yd.,
>ur July offering price 1 5c. yd.
L.ace Curtain Sale!
Every pair of Lace Curtains
n the houge at factory cost.
Don't for get E
purchase of one
you get a nice Pi(
side, but hunt l
R. M. (
and from the District of Columbia.
Un14ilcial advi:es suggest that other
conutest may he made. but these are
all that have been tiled so far.
The natinai Demo0cratic commit
"ee wil i :et at .o a. Im.. today
to take -.p these contests and the
-ier ;r.::h:::::ry work of the c-n
There is talk of organizing a big
paradIe 4r the night of July ;. the
eve of the c--nvention. in whi.ch all
the mar:hing clubs that come to the
convent.in. and the military and semi
military ilrganizations of the city are
to take part. but the movement has
not vet taken definite form.
The republican dinner pail may
still be fi. but its size has certain
lv been redvced.
tiff soft ass3
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ModenMerc Sin a de
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hat t ihe m y,prfis
d Dress G os, I
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ingt theJy ay,rfitse
ld inen Dssn Goodsng!
'T dreat tows tnhE
siand prirts lor th a on
tife of cth preashaCms in
Mand chid indNew
WhA 1o rods! Whie o]
Oven 100ys .Lae S ripe
isht great o m ake outing
hal pice. Thosas ofds.
rem and sits foren th an
ainf ritc seas. h s i
an very th ird Linen
Ovre 10,00yd. Lacon'ip
emnntb adrrt censa
hal prie. 'i
It is difficult to make satisfactory
anlv theory of the earliest condition
)i the solar system. Prof. F. E.
-,L have been wholly gaseous at the
..ne the planets w2re separating, and
that the only reasonable idea is that
the planets were formed from con
Nipher tinds mathematical reasons
for believing that the nebula could
densing swarms of meteorites. It
i)ears that the sun must have been
i.id with mercury left it, becoming
i a;d and vaporized at a later period.
It seems improbable that the earth
*:ould ever have been in molten con
From Greenwich records for 89
vars. XV. C. Nash finds the average
rainfall to be 24-36 inches, and the
niunber of rainy day 157 yearly.
ions of perfect purity are made by
k's Liquid Sulphur. The value of
the toilet has been known for cen
it much of its value was lost until
uid Sulphur .
F does it produce a skin smooth and
k. hut its use as a hair bath will core
pdiseases, promote a new growth of
air and strengthcn the coloring matter
air so as to check and avoid premature
r. Buy Mancock's *Liquid Sul
it any reliable drug store.
's Uquid Sulphr Oltm6 t
a especially for Burns, Scalds. Open
haed Parts. Raw Surfaces. Boils.
ughness of face and Hands and all
for free book on uam of SulDbur in
iet, and "s a cure for all blood and
lar's worth of Summer
ot thought of in these
e some merchants sold
CASH STORE'S Dress
elsewhere. This week,
deep in every line, and
erry town and county
sale. Don't wait for
G loves! Gloves! -Gloves!
Over 2,000 pairs Gloves, the
lace effect kind, the short kind,
the elbow kind for shirt waist
suit wear, going at half price
this July sale.
Greatest Bed Spread Bargains
of the year!
100 Fine Spreads, 69c.
100 " "98c.
100 " " $1.48.
100 " " $1.74.
These four numbers say we
sell them for less.
, Women's and
ost. With every
e month of July
fall on the way-m
pest Dry Goods