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AT KANSAS CITY.
By Alfred R. Rowley.
For the first time In our polltei his.
tory a national convention is to be held
west of the Mississippi valley. The
Democratic party has beebin existetne
alnce 1832 and during that time has
held 13 national conventions, but only
on the two occasions, when they met
In-St. Louis. have Its delegntes gone
west of the Father of Waters. This
year, however, the mes.J-ho are *t
name the Democratic leader for the
presidential contest of 1900 will gather
in Kansas City.
Perhaps there is some subtle sig
nificance in the fact that the star of
DIemocracy appears to be taking it
way wstward. The more obvious rea
son Is that the people of Kansas City
were determined to secure the conve-
tlon and that they succeeded. Their
terms included the offer of a fine con
vention hall. the adequate entertain
ment of the national Democratic com
mittee and the payment of $50,000 In
The convestion will begin on July 4.
That is an unusual date, but Chairman
Jones and his fellow committeemen
irve good reasons for making the
choice. These reasons, of course, are
In assuming the burden of a national
convention Kansas City took a bold
step. It was audaclous. This new
metropolis on the Kaw has a popula
tion of only a little more than 200,00k
i The ordinary convention crowd is 30,.
000. But this convention crowd which
is to swoop down on Kansas City July
4 is to be am extraordinary crowd. It
may number 100,000, perhaps more.
Did you ever know of a young wife
who had invited the 20 members of the
sewing circle to meet with her and
then discovered that she had but nine
chairs in the house? Kansas City now
finds herself in much thb same situa
tion. But does she think of backing
out? Not she. She is going to provide
chairs for every member of the po
litical sewing circle who chooses to
come if it takes the last dollar in her
purse. Some of them may have only
canvas camp chairs, but they will
gerve the purpose.
When Kansas City secured the con
vention, she possessed the chief qual
fication- fine. large convention hall.
As It to test her courage to the utmost,
fate decided to wipe out this advan
tage. On the night of April 4, Just
three months before the date set for
the convention, the hall was estirely
destroyed by fire.
Seldom has a more remarkable ex
bibition of western pluck and eater
prise been seen than was afforded by
the way Kansas City met this reverse.
While the fames still lapped greedily
at the structure the movement to re
build the hall was begun. Before the
twisted iron girders had cooled popu
lar subscriptions began to pour In.
While the ruins still smoked gangs of
workmen commenced the reconstruc
Since then the work has been rushed
night and day, and Chairman Jones is
fully satisfied that when the time
comes for calling the delegates to or
der the great auditorium, which is to
seat 20.000 persons, will be ready for*
But the story of how this convention
ball has risen from its ashes is too Im
portant to be dismissed In a single par
agraph. It will be a unique chapter to
convention history. To local pride is
the credit due.
Ton will find local pride in every
Amerlean city, large and small; but
Kansas City seems to have this quality
A. R. DOYN.tIV., 'Prp.
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Lion for Commercial tra
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on the premises.
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In an unusual degree. If you do not
believe this. listen to the story of how
this wide awake and comparatively lit.
tie city of 200.00) population happened
to have tie second largest auditorium
in the country. The largest, of course,
is Madison nquare Garden. In New
York city; but, by the way, be careful
not to say so i. Kansas City. On the
banks of the Kaw they admit no such
The people of Kansas City, in the
liberal sense of the term, built and own
the big couvention hall. The stock is
held by all sorts and conditions of pro
alo. from mllilioua!res to bootblacaa
-mlere are few citizens who do not hold
at least one share. To make up the
$250.000 which it cost went the pennies
of the poor as well as the dollars of the
The idea of a great hall suitable to
hold all sorts of gatherings came about
through the annual ball of the Priests
of Pallas, which in 1807 had far out
grown its quarters. This ball was the
annual "event" In Kansa City and al
ways occurred during the tall festivi
ties. It was attended by the best peo
ple of the city and many from neigh
boring towns. It came to the point of
givlng up this enjoyable event or find
ing a place large enough to hold it.
and with this idea in mind the Com
mercial club took the matter up.
The first discussion brought out the
fact that the ball was needed for many
more purposes than mere dances, and
the prospect of shows, circuses and
other entertainments that would bring
together large companies of people
soon stirred these conservative busi
ness men to enthusiasm. Subseriptisms
to the fund began right there, and 1n
no time a committee was appointed to
get money to build the largest ball of
its kind in the west. A subscription
j headquarters was established, and busi
NB of the waning industries
whlch the coming presiden
tial campaign will start into
new life is that of the manufac
tore of cam
The season will
open briskly at !
Kansas City, o
of leather lung- L
ed fakirs are
dlock with their
will be Bryan
buttons by the
will be in the
the geniaLl faces
of vice presilhiu
tial possibilities. Then there will
Iw motto nuUtons by means of
which the cnrv.r can proclaim to
tlp w-orll fr:'.r: his coat lapel some
favorite tiiwtnl satIrlon such as
"8mash thet Trusts:" or "Down
Mess men left their own interests to
take up the newhorn idea. It was de
cided that 2..UWO shares should be
sold or subscribed.
Then, when there seemed ro be a
lull in sullserptions. new ideas wSre
sought to keep the interest gol.
CEO. K. BRADFORD.
Rayne, Acadia Parish, La.
Surveying, Leveling. Plantation
Drainage, Maps. Etc......
Twenty Years' Experienoe
In U. S. Re.Surveys. Will take
work in Lafoorbe perish. Co.l
Twenty thousand buttons were printed
and numbered to be sold as certifcates
t' of stock In the great ball. The comn
4 mlttee went about In tallyhos, mere
a nadlng the stockyards, the board of
B. trade and all places where men were
Ar gathered, hawking off their buttons
I with great rapidity.
e It was not long until the supply of
h buttons was doubled, and It seemed
that every man, woman and child in
e the city was wearing a convention hall
SNE of the biggest delega.
d tioe will be that of Tim
e many Hall. The braves
e from Manhattan are to go to sever
e al speclall chaj
o They will turn
t ut in unusual
a numbers despi,*
e which they must
travel One rea
son for this is
that the New
York state con
f vetion has been
- this year slated
for New York
city. which ear
ed the Tn;.umany Tigers much es
,pease. The 'ammany statesman
is at all times a picturesque indi
vidual, but when he arrays him
self in the blasing raiment which
seems to him appropriate for con
vention wear he is truly an impres
ftken. The people were thoroughly
aroused to the uodertakin· and it be
same a necessity to the peaceful per
sit of life to wear a button.
Restaurants induced their mis by
setting aside a day when the wearers
of buttons would be dined free. Barbers
took turns one week shaving free any
man wearing the emblem of his stock
to convention all. Business men had
placards printed and fastem d them
above their desks--"Tou can't talk to
me unless you wear a button." Trvel
lg salesmen found it ncessmry to
wear a button in order to do business.
The saleswomen Ia large establish
ments were provided with buttonm and
every customer who did not wear a
button was reminded that one was ane
essary to make purchases.
The streets soon glistened with the
white celluloids, and the bearer of the
dinner pall and the occupant of the
brougham were equal In this-they
owned stock in convention hall and
wore buttons to prove it.
By this and many other schemes the
money was raised and the hall built.
On the night of Peb. 22, 1800, it was
opened. Fully s0,000 stohhoiders Is
the hall beard the first crash of ousea's
band from the giant sounding board in
the north end of the ball When the
concert was ended, the hairs and cea
vas coverin were removed from the
arena foor In 14 manutes, and 1,000
ouples daonced far Into the early morn
log to SBoas's Inspiriting music. Thus
In eight months after the inception of
the Idea the ball was built by the pee.
ple of Kansas City and in use by them.
Their struggle to build something that.
would be an ornament and an advan
tage to the city, a monument that "
would give the town a good name and
a wide ame, was indeed crowned with
The first ball cost ,0.00. The
building fronted 200 feet on Thirteenth
street and 814 feet on Central street.
It was constructed of natural stone,
cream brick and terra cotta. The first
story was of stone In the style of the -
renaissance. The second story was in
peristyle form, of brick and terra cotta.
The root was of copper and compoel- sd
tion. The lower or arena oor was oe
cupied by a polished floor 218 by 125
feet, lined with boxes. Between the
boxes and the outer walls was a qace
so arranged that horses, cattle or the
meagerie of a eclreas could be com- *
fortably stored. The main etreane was Ii
wide enough so that any sort of con
veyance could drive from the street dl- o
rectly to the arena floor, asu in the case t
of horse shows. Above and encircling d
the sides of the building was the arena
balcony. Above this was yet another
balcony. 8till beneath the roof was a
promenade allowing a fine view of the -
proceedings on the aren boor.
The acoustics of the hall were tested a
In every possible manner and foond to
be perfect. There was not a sdogle
stairway in the building, and the as
rent trom floor to floor was made by
means of Inclined planes. The building
rseated 20.000 people and by reason of
many exits couMld be emptied at the C
rate of 5.000 a minute.
In the 11 months of the hall's exist
mace many kinds of publle entertai
ments were held in IL There were
balls, fairs,. horse shows. dog shows,
concerts and lectures. Dwight Moody
held revivals there. Maurice Oran's
grand opera company rang to Its isar
gest andiences in the building, and Pa
derewskl filled the hall with his admir
But the one ambition or the thou
sands of stockbolders was to nominate -
a presidential emadldate within its
wals. They were Just preparing to
I this ambition realised when the ire
oceurred. For a moment. when the
people of Kasas City saw in lames
the ball whichb had been their pride,
they were dismayed. But they soon re
When the fire began, members of the
direetory of the convention building
were lunching at the Kansas City club,
near by. They hurried to the scene.
Men stopped them at every step with
aubscriptions toward the rebuilding of
the bail. Street railway employees
shouted to them from their care: "Put
Me down for $6! Here's my number,"
pn-ting to t~lr . caps. ?llcem.,e
Aiwayis ce per
In tbo e:ld that rY eeaiý
i th.at onl.y f .t On&i s rttth.
'P Tºet.e, trnu tO Lame, fr- h anud
reliable. Always tlb.het. Ask
for Iorr*ys-ta.e no r:b:a.
1n I. ." .rs i -I4..
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streets sweepers ana messeanger Doys
did the same.
Before the building was destroyed
. William B. Nelson, proprietor of the
SKansas City tar, had subscribed $5,
000 to the rebuilding fund. Waiter H.
SHolmes and W. B. Thayer contributed
like amounts next day. By 5 o'lock,
less than two bours after the fire, the
t directors had met the crisis by decid.
Sloag the three all important questions
a that convention ball should be rebuilt;
p that it should be as nearly fireproof as
posslble; that it should be rebuilt in
time for the national Democratic con
When convention hall burned, the
company had $10.000 cash In bank. By
the evening of that day this amount
had grown to $16,230 On Thursday,
the next day, a mass eeting was held,
and the amount grew to $4.8000 by vol
untary subseriptions. Another aMas
meetain was held on Saturday, sad the
subserptions grew to $52,750.
The Insurance companies waived all
opportunlties for delay and their rights
to discount for prepayment and agreed
to pay $150,00 at once. The directory
sold the ruins of the steel structure to
a Junk dealer for $5,000. With the caubsh
io bank and the popular absacriptions,
which within a week had grown to
1.00oo, the directory had a total of
The plan of the new ball Is practicalk
ly a duplicate of the one that was de
stroyed. An Important diference is
A MONO the multitudes who
will go to Kansas City dar
Ing the convention will be
many whom the question of car
fare and hotel
bills will botber
not at alL These
are the farmers
who nlatend to
trek over the
praires In old
They will start
from all sections
of Kansas. and
many will bea 1
braska. Oklabo- r '
ma and even
They will lo4ad
and bedding and go into camp us
outside the city. In the history of
national conventions there is -otb
lag to equal this novelty.
that the new buildlng will be as nearly
fireproof as slow combustion processes, a
onmomnbustible palot. asbestus and a
metal can make It. The only other
changes are in the placing of the stage
at the side instead of at the end of the
elipe and the sloplng of the top gal- A
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