VOL. XIX.— NO. 205.
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TttE ST. PflrUL GLOBE.
THIRSDAY, JULY 23, 1896.
Weather for Today—
Fair and Warmer.
Jolm Prjde Hanpred at Brainerd.
PopnliHt* Accomplish Little.
Senator Butler Makes a Speech.
Some Talk of a Bolt.
i SoundOloney Democrats to Meet.
. German CitUena Are for Gold.
Vnsnccessful Attempt at Suicide.
Minnesota-Winnipeg Boat Races.
Ailin Turned Down In North Dakota.
City of Cleveland's Centennial.
St. " oui-. Silver Convention.
f PAGE 5.
St. Paul Defeats Indianapolis.
Minneapolis Beats Columbus Twice.
Princess Maud Is Married.
Gen. Georjje Jones Dead,
i It. P. Sale to Come Off as Advertised.
Bryan to Win at St. Louis.
Populists Suspect Queer Work.
Platform of the Populists.
\ PAGES 7 TO 20.
P lia len Park Assessment.
Banks Behind Gold Reserve.
Stocks Firm and Buoyant.
Bar Silver 68 7-Sc.
Cash Wheat In ChleaßO 55 3-4 c.
Board of Public Works Jumble.
\ In Defense of the Indians.
Merchants' — Sound Money Dem's. 12.
Bas* Ball— Aurora Park, 3.30.
MOVEMENT OF STEAMSHIPS.
XEW YORK— Arrived: Nordland, Antwerp;
Btate of Nebraska, Glasgow; H. H. Meier,
Bremen; Mississippi, London; Spree, Bremen.
Sailed: St. Paul. Southampton; Weimar, Bre
men; Brittanic, Liverpool; Berlin, Antwerp,
/■ LIVERPOOL— SaiIed: Rhineland. Philadel
phia. Arrived: Teutonic, New York.
SOUTHAMPTON— SaiIed: Lahn, Bremen.
Arrived: St. Louis. New York.
BOULOGNE— Arrived: Obdam, New York,
BREMEN— Arrived: Munchen, New York.
ROTTERDAM— Arrived: Obdam. New York;
Sailed: Vendam, New York.
AMSTERDAM— SaiIed: Edam. New York.
The late Gen. Coxey ls also at St.
The Populists are trying to put whis
kers on the Chicago ticket.
Cheer up, Indianapolis! St. Paul
»-. Is going to give you but one njore
Silver has received a serious blow in
Pennsylvania. Don Cameron is mak
ing speeches for lt.
Senator Marion Butler says the Dem
ocrats stole the Populist platform. Let
the galled jade wince!
Robert Seng's assessment figures
have made him for the hour the most
popular man in St. Paul.
V Dr. Ames will not feel hurt over be
f Ing turned down at St. Louis. He has
been turned down before.
Prof. Otto Lugger's prejudice against
the army worm seems destined to last
until after the fall election.
Politics makes strange bedfellows.
Judge Flandrau and Senator Ozmun
aie officers of the same club.
There will probably be time after
y this campaign is over for Senator
Sherman to write another book.
* _ —
Jerry Simpson has set his sockless
foot down in the middle of the road
and gone to shouting for Bryan.
Prince Bismarck is making a great
collection of pipes. Perhaps he is try
ing to get a lead-pipe cinch on some
There have been so many bolters
from all parties this year that a bolt
- ers' campaign button might not be in
Several four-legged fish have been
caught in a creek near Barnesville,
Mir.n. Two-legged fish are very com
mon in Minneapolis.
Perhaps that rabbit's foot may not
elect Mr. Bryan. He might spend a
little time nailing horseshoes over his
door and his front yard gate.
%. Has anybody noticed that Tom Reed
has managed to keep surprisingly
quiet the past five weeks? Possibly he
ts going to come out for Sewall.
Ex-Congressman Babbitt, of Wiscon
sin, is a candidate for the guberna
torial nomination on a free coinage
platform. Presumably he is for free
toinage of babbitt metal.
If Maceo is dead, as the Spaniards
laim. they had better see that He
„tays dead this time. He has hitherto
shown himself to be a very lively
Twelve thousand New York coat tail
ors went on strike yeßterday. The old
town accepts the Situation noncha
lantly, as it is going without a coat
now owing to the heat.
The Associated Press said of the
Populist convention: "The most brill
iant dash of color in the scene was a
bunch of crimson flowers which graced
the straw hat of one of the Populist
editresses." It would be justifiable hom
icide if that young woman should im
pale the Associated Press with a hair
Horrible thought! An Oklahoma del
egate pointed out ln a middle-of-the
road meeting at St. Louis a man who
had been around the various hotels
"distributing Mark Hanna's money for
the purpose of preventing the indorse-
went of Bryan and defeating the silver
party." Some Republicans could be as
base as this, but Hanna, never!
THE SAINT PAUL (&EOBK
PRYDE HAD fl fm
DROPPED DOWN SEVEN FEET AXD
THE SHOCK BROKE HIS
AT THE END OF A ROPE.
THE CROW WING COUNTY MUR
DEBER EXECUTED AT BRAIN
ERD THIS MORNING.
HE WAS GAME TO THE VERY EXD.
Said He Would Meet Hia Death
Like a Man and Kept Hia
Special to the Globe.
BRAINERD, Minn., July 23, 3 a. m.
—John- Pryde was hanged at this place
early this morning for the cold-blood
ed murder of Andrew Peterson ln Feb
ruary. Pryde, although but twenty
two years old, carried to the scaffold
a countenance every line of which bore
the sign of the criminal, in spite of
the statements of his jailers, that he
has not an evil disposition. The exe
cution took place in a temporary
structure in the jail yard, and was
witnesed by 100 people. The prepara
tions were all carefully made by Sher
iff Henry Spalding, who. although he
has been a sheriff nearly ten years,
hung his first prisoner this morning.
It was a rare exhibition of nerve, and
Pryde fulfilled to the smallest detail
his promise to the sheriff and his
spiritual advisers that he would go to
his death like a man. He even went
further, and, when asked if he had
anything to say, although he had
promised to make no speech on the
scaffold, delivered to his awe-struck
hearers the contents of a letter writ
ten in the afternoon, which was to be
opened after his body was cut down.
Soon after the little chime clock in
the sheriff's parlor had announced 12
o'clock there was a noticeable subdued
bustle of preparation for the final
hour. Sheriff Spalding had issued in
structions that only a limited number
of people should be admitted. Among
them were several officials from neigh
boring counties, including Sheriff Chas.
Chapel and Deputy George Irish, f
St. Paul; Sheriff Ole Mansten, of Ait
kin, and Deputy Pat Varley, of Grand
Rapids. Sheriffs Thorsen, of Pope;
Maynard, of Todd; Monroe, of Stevens;
McElvery, of Steams, and Deputy An
derson, of Hennepin. There were also
present Revs. Gilfillan and Opie, W. J.
McFetridge, of the Northern Pacific
secret service; Deputies J. W. Slipp
and W. S. McGuire, newspaper men
and a number of others.
When Canon Pentreath, of St. Paul's
Episcopal church, entered the jail and
went at once to the condemned man's
cell, there was a hush in conversa
tion, for it was known that Pryde was
to have the holy communion adminis
tered. Dr. Gilfillan, Canon Pentreath
and Rev. R. C. Opie partook also and
at 12:30 o'clock Sheriff Spalding, in the
presence of the clergymen, read the
death warrant to Pryde, who was un
moved but who professed deep re
pentance. This formality over, he was
given a light lunch and a glass of
Who Wag Hanged Thia Morning: at Brainerd.
buttermilk. The sheriff sent _down
word that the time had come, "and the
procession, headed by Rev. Mr. Gilfillan,
began its march through the jail to the
gallows. Down from the second floor
came Pryde. his hands manacled at
his back, with a deputy on either side
of him. His pale face appeared ghast
ly, on account of a week's growth of
stubbly beard. As the death party
descended the stairway and proceeded
through the little dining room and
kitchen the prisoner looked neither to
the right nor left, and it was not until
he entered the death enclosure that he
sent a startled look at the crowd,
which craned its necks to get a glimpse
of the man » who was so soon to go
down to death.
Slowly, and with head slightly bowed,
Pryde mounted the steps, unsupported,
and gazed over the crowd in front of
him. It took but a brief moment for
the sheriff and his aides to adjust the
straps upon the death platform. With
Sheriff Spalding were several of his
brcther sheriffs. Beneath were Drs. J.
S. Camp. Courtney and Groves. When
Pryde was asked if he wished to speak
he nodded in the affirmative and spoke
for several minutes in a measured, de
liberate manner, with only the slightest
tremor to indicate nervousness. So
composed was he, in fact, that when
several men pounded and yelled for ad
mission at the rear, the pinioned man
stopped speaking and only resumed
when the disturbance was at an end.
When the noose had been adjusted, he
said in substance:
"I have only a few words to say to
you. Nothing but gambling has brought
me to this and I am sorry to be in this
position. I have not realized fully, un
til now, what I had to face and I mean
to try to do as I promised and go like
a man. I have thoroughly repented
and God ls in my heart. I have asked
and prayed him to forgive me and I
am going off resigned to my fate, and
feeling that I have been forgiven my
sin. I hope this may be a warning to
ycung men. It ought to be a warning
for you to see me her like this. I hope
every gambling hell in the city may be
closed by law and kept closed. This ls
all I have to say."
While speaking, the condemned man's
face relaxed and his listeners were im
pressed with his apparent sincerity.
Sheriff Spalding pulled down the black
cap and Dr. Gilfillan leaned forward
and whispered comfort to the prisoner,
who strained to catch every word and
repeated after the minister: "God for
give me for my sins, and save my soul
for my savior's sake."
The sheriff stepped back and instant
ly pulled the lever, the drop falling at
precisely 1:05 a. m. The body shot down
straight and sure through the open
trap and all was over.
Pryde woke bright and early this
morning and cheerily saluted the death
watch' O. C. Foster and Geo. Merriot, !
who have been on duty during the past j
six weejes. When dressed, he was given >
a hearty breakfast of boiled chicken j
and coffee, which he ate with evident j
relish. He talked freely of the crime ;
for which he was soon to pay the death J
penalty and appeared resigned to his j
fate. He has steadfastly refused to !
see anybody but his spiritual adviser |
and one or two friends, and expressly
asked Sheriff Spalding to admit no
newspaper men. The press, he says. |
has not treated the case fairly. To his
friends, he explained, he had complete- j
ly repented his murderous act and was i
prepared to face his maker. During i
the morning he asked for pen and Ink |
and wrote letters to his adopted mother i
at Emmington; Ills., his sister at Bis
marck, and a third, which he requested
be not opened until after he was
He made known his gratitude to
Sheriff Spalding and the latter's depu
ties, and gave out the information that
he had read carefully the accounts of
Hayward's trial and hanging in the
Twin City papers and intended to show
the people here that his nerve was
quite equal to that of the Minneapolis
He showed not the slightest concern
during the erection of a substantial
pine structure in which the scaffold
was being put up and which te directly
beneath his cell. He spent some hours
in conversation with Rev. J. A. Gil
fillan, the well known Episcopal minis
ter, who came here from the Leech
Lake Indian mission to adminster con
solation to him and reiterated to the
clergyman that he was repentant and
ready to die. The minister's presence
and his spiritual advise seemed to im
press the murderer, although he main
tains a stolid demeaner. Not even the
soft chanting of
"NEARER MY GOD TO THEE,"
which caused the inmates of the sheriff's
household to pause and listen, had any
effect on the youthful convict who
shocked this section of the state in
February by his dastardly crime.
There was no outward appearance
during the day, that anything unusual
was to happen, but towards evening a
crowd of curious spectators flocked to
the substantial little jail and watched
to see what they could of what was
going on. A pine structure 20x50 feet,
roofed over and boarded, was thrown
up in the space between the jail and
the adjoining wood shed. In the east
end was built a substantial scaffold, at
the side of which was a broad stair at
the end of the passageway from the
sheriff's kitchen along which the pris
oner had to pass on his last Journey.
This was railed off from the general
enclosure. A stout one-half-inch rope
was made fast to the big crossbeam
and it with the drop was duly tested
during the evening by the sheriff. The
diop was one secured by the sheriff
from Otter Tail county jail and opened
to a distance to the ground of seven
and one-half feet. At the request of
Sheriff Spalding, Sheriff Charles Chapel
and Deputy George Irish, of Ramsey
county, and Deputy Pat Varley came
here to assist at the execution.
OLD TIME RISH
Seen at the Dnlnth Land Oflice Yes
Special to the Globe.
DULUTH, Minn., July 22.— There was
an old time rush at the land office to
day, when 60-24 was opened for settle
ment. At 10:30 o'clock last night there
were a dozen men and one woman
waiting, and they waited all night.
This morning the crowd was large and
the assistance of the police was neces
sary to keep them back. Ninety-two
filings were made. The secret of the
rush is that coal deposits are believed
to underly the property. The Great
Northern has 4,000 acres in the town
ship taken with that belief.
THURSDAY MORNING, JULY 23, 1896.
P. BUTLER SPOP
ASIDES PROM THA*, NOfTHIWG WAS
ACCOMPLISHED *V THE POP
THE LIGHTS ALL WENT OUT.
MIDDLE ROAD MEN SUSPECTED A
TRICK BUT CONSENTED TO
BRYAN FORCES CLAIM A VICTORY.
Assertion Supported, by the Refusal
of the Middle Bonder* to
Precipitate a Vote.
ST. LOUIS, Mo., July 22.— The Popu
list and silver conventions were
launched today, but neither made much
headway. The programme of the sil
j ver convention was all arranged in
j advance. It included simply the adop
i tion of a 16 to 1 platform and the nom
| ination of Bryan and Sewall, but those
! in charge of it deemed it good policy
j to go slowly in the belief that they
might, by remaining in session, be
; able to exercise an influence in shap
| ing things in the Populist convention.
I To this end they appointed a commit-
I tee of seven, headed by Judge Scott.
! of California, to meet a similar com
j mittee from the Populists for the pur
| pose of reaching a common plan of
j action. The idea was, perhaps, well
j conceived, although it is doubtful
j whether their course will be fruitful
of results. •
The anti-Bryan Populists affect to
believe that all the outside influences
which are being brought to bear upon
them to induce them to accept the
nominees of the Democratic conven-
a 'ppL^P n __*** l
DR. JONAH JEREMIAH MOTT,
(The North Carolina Statesman Who Is Chair
man ot the Nationak^ilver Syndicate.)
tion are part fel the same plot to drive
their party in€o the "Denftocratic trap,"
and destroy and annihilate Its identity.
They are deaf to suggestions, appeals
and warnings. The txttvtre has no ter
rors for them. "Keep,, in the midle
of the road" is their reply to every ar
gument, their answer to every fore
boding. They have convinced them
selves that if they go marching on
in four years more the two old par
ties will be shattered, and
discredited, and they will come "into
The first session of the Populist con
vention today was a disappointment to
those who anticipated relentless, bitter
war from the drop of the gavel. And
it was a disappointment to those who
imagined that the galleries would
swarm with peole, drawn thither either
by curiostity or sympathy with the
deliberations of the convention. There
was no wild cat fighting, and the gal
leries, which will hold 12,000 people,
were practically an empty waste. Not
over 600 spectators, at a liberal esti
mate, were in the balconies. The floor,
where the delegates were gathered,
was in some respects crowded with
as unique an assemblage as was ever
massed under one roof.
A single glance showed that they
represented the common people — a term
in which they glory— that they came
from the farm, the mine, the workshop
and the factory. They discarded con
ventionalities. Fully half of them sat
in their shirt sleeves with their coats
slung over the backs of their, chairs.
Amomg them were many picturesque
, personalities — men wh" have been
known as agitators and reformers for
many years were there, but there wen
also many whose ability and force of
character have given them rank in
high station. «
As a body they were men of strong
and earnest convictions. Gov. Llewell
ir.g. Senator Peffer, and Jerry Simp
son, of Kansas; Gov. Holcomb. of Ne
braska; Ignatius Donnelly, of Minne
sota; "Cyclone" Davis, of Texas; Col.
Peak, of Georgia; Gen. Coxey and Carl
SENATOR WILLIAMf.ALFRED PEFFER.
(The Bearded StatWHtoan of Kaiwas.)
Browne, of Ohio, late of the Industrial
Army; Tom Patterson, of Colorado;
SENATOR MARION BUTLER, TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN.
Ex-Gov. Buchanan, of Tennessee; Gen.
Weaver, of lowa, and Gen. Field, of
Virginia, who were the Populist can
didates in 1892; Col. Burkett, of Mis
sissippi; "Buffalo" Jones, of Oklahoma:
Capt. Reuben Cobb, Congressman
Howard and Col. Bowland, of Ala
bama, and many others were prom
inent and conspicuous figures on the
On the platform were Chairman
Taubeneck, Senator Butler, of North
Carolina; Senator Allen, of Nebraska;
Mrs. Mary Ellen Lease, of
Kansas, and other distinguished
guests. The appearance of sev
eral women delegates on the floor
was a novel feature in a national politi
The press, benches, usually occupied
by the representatives of the big
dailies, were largely given over to the
editors of the weekly reform papers
The decorations of the Republican con
vention, which was held in the same
hall five weeks ago, still graced the
balconies and hid the wooden rafters
and pillars which upheld the high roof.
All the Republican portraits had, how
ever, been removed. Only the bust of
Gen. Grant remained. Just before the
convention was called to order, por
traits of Abraham Lincoln and Peter
Cooper were hung out over the plat
THE DAY SESSION,
which laßted about an hour and a half,
developed nothing, except possibly that
the noisy middle of the road contingent
were afraid to put to the touch their
claims. Last night, after Senator But
ler had been chosen temporary chair
man, by the national committee, and
they had ascertained that he favored
Bryan's nomination, they at once de- '
cided to depose him, as Senator Hill
was deposed by the Chicago conven
tion. At the conclusion of an en
thusiastic meeting they determined to
! put forward as their candidate, O. D.
[ Jonee, of Missouri, an old greenbacker,
i who has written several works on
i finance. After a night's meditation.
however, their leaders decided that It
| WOUld hot be the part of wisdom to
j make the fight against Butler and their
j refusal to submit to a test of strength
MRS. IMOGENE C. FALES, OF NEW YORK
(Delegate to the Populist Convention.)
was hailed by the Bryan men as con
clusive evidence that they realized they
were in the minority.
They were somewhat compensated
for the loss of the temporary chairman
ship in the speech of Ignatius Donnelly
who replied to Gov. Stone's "address of
welcome. He made a middle of the
road speech that stirred the radicals
to their depths. He appealed to them to
stand firm, so that all the "dynamite
in God's laboratory" could not tear the
party asunder, and predicated that if
the People's party failed, the cause of
humanity would go down with it. The
s-peech of Senator Butler, of North
Carolina, as temporary chairman, was
listened to with eager interest. He is
a striking looking man with a wealth
of wavy dark brown hair which
tumbles over his straight forehead and
which, together with a beard that
marks the lower part of his face, brings
into bold relief the straight aquiline
nose and gives to his dark olive com
plexion an appearance almost of palor.
Senator Butrer hopes to be the pivot
on which the convention will turn. He
believes eventually all the factions can
be harmonized on his plan to adopt a
Populist platform and nominate upon
it Bryan with a Southern Populist for
vice president. His speech strongly
upheld the demand for the perpetuation
of the Populist organization, which he
described as having driven the Re
publicans to gold and the Democrats
to silver. To be swallowed up by the
Democrats, he said, was a danger only
equalled by the danger of being made
the indirect allies of the Republicans in
the present campaign. He gave both
factions a chance to rend the air with
their shouts, but when ln conclusion he
suggested a middle course, the purport
of which all understood, both sides
were Irresponsive. The Bryan men on
the whole, however, considered that the
victory, so far as there, was one, lay
with them. There Vere no demonstra
tions at the day session. The dele
gates, save those from Texas, were un
usually quiet, although, after they had
PRICE TWO CENTS— |
been once aroused by the display of
Lincoln's picture, they applauded with
enthusiasm everything which suited
There was no night session, owing
to an accident which destroyed- the
electric light connection. A severe
storm had passed over the city about
6 o'clock and the wires were blown
down. Despite this fact, the delegates
assembled in the hall and waited for
over an hour in total darkness for the
lights to be turned on. About a dozen
candles were brought in for the use of
the newspaper men. One was placed
on the chairman's table, and another
stuck in the top of a guidon in the mid
dle of the pit. The effect was weirdly
picturesque. Ghastly faces fluttered ln
and out of the ring of feeble light
which the tallow dips cast. The band
played and the crowds aang. Speeches
were made in the dark and the dele
gates appeared ready to stay all night
if there was any prospect of light later
on. There waa naturally considerable
apprehension that a panic might seize
the crowd and a dire calamity result ln
the rush for the entrances.
The middle-of-the-road people became
possessed of" the idea that the Bryan
men had put up a job on them and that
the hall was not lighted because they
feared that the straightouts would run
awayr with the convention. They de
nounced it all as a trick and vowed
vengeance long and deep. The incident
recalled a similar one at the Cincinnati
Republican convention of 1876. The
lights were shut off at a critical stage,
j just as Blame's nomination seemed aa
! sured. Chairman Butler declared the
convention adjourned until tomorrow
; morning. Within half an hour after
, the last delegate had left the hall, all
I the electric lights were turned on, much
j to the astonishment of the few news
! paper men and policemen who lingered
I in the building. Quite a number of del
egates had stopped on near street cor
-1 ners to discuss the all-absorbing ques
tions, and lt was suggested that they
: return, but they did not, as it was
; pointed out that the deal's were guard
! Ed and admission WOUld be denied
| Besides that, the officer* havihg gone
nothing that might be dofle Would re
i ceive their sanction and therefore be
Convention Called to Order by Chair
At 12:37 Chairman Taubeneck stepped
to the front of the platform to call the
convention to order. At sight of him the
Illinois delegation which sat immediate
ly below the platform rose up and
cheered. Quiet came with the first rap
of the gavel. Rev. W. L. Smith of the
Third Baptist church of this city de
livered the invocation. Mr. Taubeneck's
16 to 1 gavel again descended upon the
conclusion of the prayer. There was
some surprise when the chairman intro
duced Gov. Stone of Missouri, but
whatever apprehension might have been
raised was speedily removed by the
announcement that the governor was
merely expected to make a welcoming
address. Mr. Stone did not speak at
length. His welcome was most cordial
apd was couched in choice words. In
closing Gov. Stone repeated his assur
ance of welcome.
Ignatius Donnelly of Minnesota, re
sponded to Gov. Stone's speech.' His
appearance roused the middle of the
road men to a bui*st of enthusiasm.
Mr. Donnelly spoke gracefully, paying
a high compliment to St. Louis, but
avoiding adroitly any allusion to the
subject upon which the delegates were
divided. The movement which this con
• vention represented, he said, was a
growth of the farm. It had been con
ceived in the distress that prevailed
among the producers of the country.
The people had felt the effects of mis
government. If there was any move
ment on the face of the earth, called
up by the veritable hand of God it was
this. When he declared that the spirit
of Washington. Jefferson, Jackson and
the august Lincoln were floating
above the convention, the delegates
cheered lustily. The party reached down
to the soul and heart of humanity. "God
save the people," said he. "Upon that
we stand. We are devoted to their
cause. Let us never forget in our work
that we are a band of brothers, waging
war against the enemies of mankind.
We must stand together whatever we
do," he went on, while the middle of the
roaders shouted "The People's party
won't die. lt needs to live. I stood at
the cradle of the greenback party; I
stood at the cradle of the People's party
and God forbid that I should be here
now to attend its funeral. This Is the
great period of the centhry. Let us do
our duty, first. determining that we will
neither desert nor destroy our party."
There were more middle of the road
cheers when Donnelly finished. Chair
man Taubeneek then introduced Sen
ator Butler as temporary chairman. In
Introducing Senator Butler, Mr. Tau
beneck said that Mr. Butler had been
selected by the national committee
without a dissenting voice and he added
his belief that when the convention
adjourned, it would be found that it
had acted with as great unanimity as
had the committee in choosing the tem
porary chairman. Senator Butler was
received with hearty cheers. He said:
The Temporary Chairman Given a
"All history teaches that there come
great crises in the affairs of men,
Contlnned oa Second Face,
BOLT fl THE WlflD
\THE MIDDLEwOF-THE-ROAD FEL.
LOWS MAY QUIT THE CON
IF BRYAN IS NOMINATED.
"CYCLONE" DAVIS ONE OF THE
LEADERS OF THE PROPOSED
BUTLER'S SPEECH WAS TEDIOUS.
The First Day Enda With Bryan
Far aud Away in the
Special to the Globe.
ST. LOUIS, July 22.— The first ses
sion of the convention today was dull,
but resulted in flrst blood for Bryan.
The Populist committee undertook to
sell tickets at $1 per day, but it was a
failure, as only a few hundred were
in the galleries. The floor of the con
vention hall was not large enough to
accomodate all the delegates, and sev
eral states had to jump the fence into
the place set apart for the alternates.
As very few alternates are here, this
did not disturb any one. Texas was
one of the states put over the fence,
and took revenge by holding a per
petual mass meeting in its section of
the hall until the convention was
called to order. After all the bluster
of last night the middle-of-the-road
men did not dare to show their
strength by putting up a candidate
for temporary chairman. This was as
I expected, and, if they keep on back
ing down as they have begun, they
will be voting for Bryan, with the
Sewall attachment, in a day or two.
The acceptance of Butler for chairman
without opposition is hailed by the
Bryan men as a special victory, though
his speech was poorly delivered and
created no enthusiasm. Aside from
its friendliness to Bryan, lt was only,
noteworthy for Its length and tedlous
ness. When Donnelly responded to
Gov. Stone's address of welcome his
voice was inadequate for such a build
ing, and his effort plainly showed that
age has dimmed the old-time flre.
When the convention took a recess
until evening a remarkable scene en
sued. The middle-of-the-road men be
came suddenly brave, and, taking pos
session of the plaform, called a meet
ing of their own, which they continued
for two hours. At first more than half
of the convention remained, but, after
listening to one or two speeches and
hearing a motion, which was put, in
viting all Bryan men to leave, only
about 260 remained. Congressman
Howard, of Georgia, who wrote "If
Christ Came to Congress," was- the
first speaker. He is a florid Southern
orator, and speaks with much force.
His remarks developed the situation
in the South I have previously alluded
to. He said the Democrats shot them
down, burned their homes and ostra
cised their families, and he begged
them, in behalf of the wives and chil
dren of Southern Populists, in behalf
of their firesides, not to throw them
into the arms of their Democratic en
emies by nominating Bryan. He had
a large audience and received much
applause. Stump AShley and "Cy»
clone" Davis, both of Texas, followed,
the former being especially violent in
denouncing the Bryan men, including
Butler, the temporary chairman. Da
vis was about equally violent, but con
cluded with his plan for a Populist
ticket and one set of electors for both
Democrats and Populists. Both alleg-
I ed the use of boodle in behalf of
' Bryan, but there are so many boodle
I reports relative to Hanna's agents try
\ ing to prevent Bryan's nomination that
| their declarations seemed like especial
: zeal in protesting. Both tried to quote
passages from Bryan's Chicago speech
j and both did it Incorrectly. When
j Davis concluded he was elected chair-
I man of the meeting.
Then Ashley got mad. Plcklrtg up
his hat, he invited the Texas delega
tion to meet with htm at once at the
Llndell hotel, which is the Bryan
rendezvous. This made quite a stir,
and Davis, taking the gavel, called
Ashley back and endeavored to sur
render it to him. While they were
parleying, another motion elected Ash
ley, and he presided. It is evident that
, the great men from Texas have
troubles of their own. The roll call of
states, to appoint a steering committee,
I showed fifteen states now represented,
, but one from each of the other states
was named. This aggregation will sup
ply the nucleus for a bolt if one occurs.
I asked "Cyclone" Davis after adjourn
ment, If Bryan and Sewall were nom
inated, if there would be a bolt. He
said he could not conceive of such a
condition as their direct nomination,
but, pressed for a direct answer, ad
mitted that a bolt was very probable
if they were named.
— H. P. Hall.
He Wants No Ofllee on Either Side
Special to the Olobe.
ST. LOUIS, July 22.— At a meeting ot
the Minnesota delegation to the Popu
list convention held at Hurst's hotel to
day, a delegate from Indiana appeared
with middle-of-the-road badges "Don
nelly for president," and tendered them
to the delegation. He said it was a
voluntary movement on the part of In
diana and without consultation with
Donnelly. The Minnesota delegation
gave no expression of opinion on the
subject, but passed a resolution thank
ing Donnelly for his work ln the cause.
Donnelly made two brief speeches. To
the Indiana man he replied that he was
not a candidate, but should, neverthe
less, regard it high compliment lf the
delegation supported him. To the reso
lution he replied that he wanted no
office, and, if they elected their presi
dent, there was no position on this side
or the other side of the ocean he de
sired. He only wanted to devote him
self to literary work. Ignatius has
seemingly put ambition behind him.
The delegation made the following or
ganization and selection of delegates
Resolutions, S. M. Owen; members of
the national committee, W. -R. Dobbyn,
I. J. Meighen and J. M. Bowler. Then
it was that three of the middle-of-the
road delegates walked cut of the meet
ing and announced their open allegi
ance with the middle-of-the-road move
ment. They are H. J. O. Reed, A. L.
Gardner and C. Foster. Ten minutes
after the bolt their names were written
in the register of the middle-of-the-road
headquarters in the Laclede hotel.
| — H. P. HalL
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