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Rock Island Daily Argus.
fOL XL. NO. 191.
HOCK ISLAND, MONDAY, JUNE G, 1892.
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BLAINE COMES OUT.
No Question Where the Prem
ier Stands Now.
TWO LETTERS RIGHT TO THE POINT
The Secretary Offers His Resignation
Without a Spare Word and It
Is Accepted Likewise.
A More that Startled the House Into Im
mediate Adjournment and Set the Dele
gates at Minneapolis Wild Statement
that Quay "Knew It All the Time'
Warner Miller Also Makes His Choice
The President Suiil to Ifave Instructed
C'ulloiu to Withdraw Him if Not Nomi
nated on First liallot Talk aud Scenes
at Minneapolis Intimates.
Washington", June 6. When in the
course of human events it becomes neces
fury for one of the president's advisers to
dissolve the official tics that bind him to
the executive; even although there may be
"strained relations" and the lack of that
tweet concored so essential to the orderly
anil dignified conduct of governmental
business, and even though that lack of
harmony, sometimes amounting to posi
tive hostilities, is the cause of the break;
still it is usual for the resigner to put in
his letter someting to break the Aock,
some little reference to "kindly feeling,"
some hope for continued official success
and happiness. It is also customery un
der the aforesaid conditions for the ure
signee" to reply regreting etc., the loss
of the resigner's distinguished and valu
able services, etc., and so forth and so oa.
Cut the Tie With a Knife.
It looks well, although the two dis
tinguished gentlemen indulging in this
business of pulling the wool over each
other's eyes may be at dagger's point
really. But there were a couple of letters
Lxthanged in this city Saturday that didn't
pbave anything of the kind in them not a
thing. Judged by the comments above.
would seem that Benjamin Harrisou and
James Gillespie Blaine didn't love each
other a little bit and that their official
connection had been dissolved with a
knife with an edge of exceptional keen
ness. There is not an unnei"ss:irv word in
either note; not a regret either side,
and the promptness with which the resign
nation was accepted was punctuated by
Blaine, who wrote on the bottom of the
copy of the president's note the word
Received live minutes ol !o clock.
The Two Letters in lull.
But here are the two letters verbatim.
Blaine's is dated at the state department,
June 4, 1412, and says;
To the Puksident: I respectfully be
leave to submit mv resignation of the
office of secretary of state of the United
States, to which I was appointed by you
ou the 5th day of March, IsSJ. The condi
tion of public business in the department
of state justifies me in requesting my
resignation may be accepted immediately.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
your obedient serva nt.
jame? g. Blaise.
Sent in Without Notice.
The president had no notice of anv kind.
it is said, that such a thing might be ex
pected. But he didn't seem surprised.
He read the message, put it in his pocket,
and going to the East room gave his
public reception. Afler that he wrote the
reply dated at the executive mansion, June
To the SECKFTAnr of State: Your
letter of this date tendering your resigna
tion of the office of secretary of state of
the United States has been received. The
terms in which you state your desires are
such as to leave me no choice but to ac
cede to your wishes at once. Your resig
nation is t herefore accepted. Very respect
fully yours, Benjamin Hai:iuson."
"Hon. James G. Blaine."
They Caused a Commotion.
And these two little notes caused ai big
a commotion in political circles as has
been noted in many years. The house got
so excited that it couldn't do business with
satisfaction and adjourned. One report
said that Blaine positively refused to talk.
Others gave long interviews with him and
Mrs. Blaine, in which the reasous of resig
nation was given all the way from a mere
desire for peace.up or down to a declara
tion that the premier was mistrusted by
his cabinet colleagues, who held themselves
aloof, and that he had been several times
insulted by the president and his friends
this latter being credited to Mrs. Blaine.
One of the Alleged Interviews.
In one of the interviews Blaine is re
ported to have declared that the approach
of the Republican convention, the ques
tion of his candidacy, or acceptance of a
nomination, had "nothing to do with the
case." It was the talk about the political
circles of town that the president and
Blaine had not got along well for a long
time. They differed as to the manage
ment of the Behring sea question, the
Chilian question, and pretty much every
important matter that has come up, and
consequently Blaine's resignation should
not cause much surprise. As to the effect
it depended upon who was talking and
any oue can tell how the talk went if he
will discuss the matter with his neighbors.
SIMPLY MAKES THE FIGHT HOTTER.
Effect of the News at Minneapolis Parti
sans Go Wild.
Minneapolis, June 6. Last night the
shouters took full possession of the cor
ridor of the West hotel and made a lively
scene. A feature of the tactics of the two
principal factions which developed dur
ing the afternoon was the injection of
public argument into the excitement with
which the hotel corridor was permeated.
Chosen representatives of Blaine and Har
rison went about the corridor starting
discussion of the merits of the candidates
and attracting the attention of little
groups of people. Last night the noise
and confusion were so intense that argu
ment was out of the question. The fol
lowers of the two men could do nothing
but shout themselves hoarse. There was
no 111 feeling. Every one was thoroughly
good natured. The supporters of the
president were chiefly Indiana men led by
the redoubtable Rhody ShleL
How the Crowd Went Wild.
The old familiar cry of ''Blaine, Blaine,
James G. Blaine," was heard on every
hand. The crowds on the streets were
shouting it, and at intervals the crowds in
the hotel corridor took it up. Then there
was a counter-demonstration by the Harri
son people, and the noise was deafening,
the confusion indescribable. Men with
leathery lungs were hoisted into the air
and carried about on the shoulders of their
friemto, waving flags and shouting with
all their might. In the mi 1-t of the con
fusion the excited Mr. Shiel picked up a
great big flag with a picture of Harrison
pinned to it and waved it aloft. A dozen
enthusiasts seized his legs and hoisted him
high into the air. In this way he rode
across the corridor swaying from side to
side, b-it never ceasing for a moment his
cry of "Harrison."
The Campaign Songster Pipes I" p.
The crowd howled in .-ympathy. A min
ute later a small bov was lifted up hold
ing high a picture of Blaine in his out
stretched hand. A well aimed missile
tore it down the center aud the small boy
dropped out of sight, while the crowd
surged backward and forward laughing,
cheering and yelling incoherently. The
campaign songster was on hand with a
is nothing that cau beat Blaine we've
got 'em sure," was his wy of putting it.
Huston Working for Harrison.
J. X. Huston, ex-treasurer of the United
States, came to Minneapolis last evening
from his home in Couuersville, Jnd. He
conies here to work for Harrison, giving
as his reason the belief that the nomina
tion of Mr. Harrison will be for the best
interests of the party. He circulated
freely among both groups of partisans and
says the Blaine men are all wrong hi their
estimates and that Blaine's resignation
takes him outside the pale of possibilities.
Would be Happy With Either.
Murat Halstead "would be happy with
either were t'other dear charmer away."
"Well," he said, "as near as I can get at
it there are a trifle under 400 votes sure for
Harrison and about the same number for
Blaine, leaving afoo .t 1 50 whose preferences
are undecided or unknown. These will
determine the result of the contest. For
me it is a rather embarrassing position. I
cannot speak very strongly for either Mr.
Blaine or Mr. Harrison as against the
other." He thought that the 130 "uncer
tainties" when they saw the situation
would drop both and nominate a dark
Sewell on New Jersey.
The New Jersey delegation is here. Gen-
thorough assortment of doggerel set to the j eral Sewell heads it aud is an ardent Har
tune of "John Brown's Body," or "Good j rison man. He says eighteen of the dele-
Bye, My Lover. Good Bye." His voice i gates are with him and hopes to convert
nie to the other two. Also five of the Wisconsin
rose above the diu fair tir until he came I
the chorus. Then lOv rvicos took up the
refrain and kept 5t until a wild and
a ru shiug opposition sct tcred their forces
to the four corners of the lobby. Ana
that is the effect the resignation of Blaine
has had on the factions. It has set the
Blaine men wild and made the Harrison
men more determined aud equally enthusiastic.
HAD BLAINE'S FULL AUTHORITY.
delegates walked into Harrison headquar
ters and announced that they would vote
for the president. Governor M llette, of
Dakota, is on the same side and says he is
satisfied with the situation. Kx-Governor
Cheney, of New Hampshire, says "one
good term deserves another" and that
Harrison has kept every pledge of the 1888
platform and ought to be renominated.
SETTLING THE CONTESTS. "
Tc Days Ago the Secretary Told Them
He Would ltun.
'ihl-re is unquestioned authority for say
ing that the friends of Blaine that is,
those who have been urging his nomina
tion have the fullest authority from him j
in the course they have pursued. In fact
there is no question that Quay and Clark
son have an authorization from Blaine to
use his name before the convention, j
Moreover they have had this authoriza
tion for ten days. This fact explains
much that may have seemed peculiar in
the attitude of Quay, Clarkson, et al.,
when they stated that in spite of his letter
he would be nominated by the convention,
Quay Thoroughly Informed.
Quay has been thoroughly informed of
every projected move of the ex-secretary
and was quite prepared for the announce
ment of his lesignation. Until last even
ing it had been believed by a great many
people that Blaine's resignation did not
affect his attitude towards the nomina
tion as defined in his letteito Clarkson.
The fact that the authorization to use his
name has been in the hands of Quay and
Clarkson for ten days is evidence sullicient
apparently to prove beyond question of
doubt that the resignation of the secretary
is what Clarkson has claimed it to'be a
move preliminary to tje presentation of
his name to the convention.
Viist itallot or Nothing.
B. C. Marsh, of Bast St. Louis, a rela
tive of Senator Cullcui, is authority for
the statement that President Harrison
will positively withdraw his name from
the convention unless he is nominated on
the first ballot. He asserts that Senator
Ctlliwm showed him a letter from
President Harrison, which instructed the
senator, in case Harrison is not nominated
on the first ballot to withdraw his name.
The Columhia Cluh Arrives.
Yesterday morning the Columbia club of
Indianapolis came in and marched up to
the West hotel. A band, a uniformed drill
corps led the wav. Behiud a big white
banner marched 150 ludianiaus. Each man
had Harrison badges pinned all across his
chest. As the column of fours turned into
the West hotel some one iu the street
crowd asked ;what was "the matter with
Harrisou?" and the Columbia club with
oue voice assured the inquirer and the
general public that the president was "all
Here Comes Some Blaiue Men.
The next arrival was a train from
'enusylvauia carrying Blaine badges aud
banners. They shouted in unison. "Tin, tin,
American tin, Ben goes out aud Jim goes
n." This they repeated until worn out
and then they retired to give the next
comers a chauce. The arrival of the after
noon was a delegatiou of about fifty from
California. Their banner bore the inscrip
tion "Reciprocity and Protection," and
"Gold aud Si.wr." The Califoruians were
shouting for Blaine.
ltcport that Alger Was Out.
It was reported that Alger had with
drawn aud washed his hands of the whole
matter, but this was denied, then re
asserted. If he does withdraw the Michi
gan delegates wnl have to select their
man; they were gloomy yesterday. But a
telegram from Alger says he has not with
drawn. So that the delegation may be
happy yet. The latest was an announce
ment thit the delegation would decide
the matter today, and it is expected that
they will ayree to drop Alger, though
there is a report that the Blaiue men want
him to stay in for a time in order to pre
vent a straight vote between Harrison and
Blaiue until a combination can be formed.
How the National Committee Disposed of
Saturday night a number of contests
were settled by the committee. The re
sults were as follows: In the District of
Columbia case Perry Carson, the negro
leader, won the fight. In Maryland the
regular delegates in the contested district
were seated. In the Fort Wayne, Ind.,
trouble White got the cold shoulder, his
delegation being refused recognition. The
regulars from South Carolina gained the
victory, but. the regulars from the Xew
ort and Covington districts in Kentucky
lost the fight. The Lynch delegates-at-large
f rom Mississippi were also defeated
partif.lly, being given half a vote and the
the contestants half a vote each.
Ktimates Ate All the Rage.
A number of gentlemen, including some
newspaper men, are making estimates.
Harrison's managers have been taking a
careful poll, but admitted that many were
only approximate. They asserted that
Harrison could rely on a few more
than 50J votes. Frank Hatton sent to his
paper an estimate of 30 for Harrison and
S'U for Blaine, the latter all from the north.
If Harrison could fc,old the south he would
"t Uitre.'' An estimate credited to Rose
Vv'ater. of the O.uaha Bee, gives Harrison,
40$; Bl:tine,-4 4, T
Some Convention City Notes. '
Blaine men from Xew York say they
have fifty votes in the delegation and Har
rison men about concede this.
Blaine has twelve votes in Missouri ac
cording to a Harrison man.
Col. Elliott F. Shepard told Emmons
Blaine: "Young man, your father had his
best chance iu 11."'
McKiuley has authorized the statement
that he is for Harrison. '
Chauncey M. Depew says the platform
will come out flatly for protective tariff
and reciprocity where consistent with pro
tection: for free coinage if an international
agreement can be reached aud for the
"Sherman" bill iu the meantime.
The Doings in the House.
Washing ToN, June 0 Saturday the
house continued consideration of the post
office bill with a small attendance. In
committee the clause providing that land
graut roads shall be paid for carrying the
mails 50 per cent, of the compensation
paid by private parties for similar service
was struck out. An amendment repeal
ing the mail subsidy act was ruled out of
order. For mail facilities at the World's
fair SW.OuO was appropriated. The post
master general was authorized to send
official matter by express when it is
cheaper than by mail. The committee
rose and passed the bill. A squabble
then began over consideration of the anti
option bill. Then Blaine's resignation
was announced and excitement rose so
high it was no trouble to adjourn.
t oo Mnt ft Politic tor 'Km.
Washington, June 0. The session of con
gress this week will he perfunctory, al
though some bu-Int.-s will probably be
j transacted, 'i he a ll-abscrbing interest in
the M iuueap ;;is t d:i ntinii will have the
j effect of prevn ti,. much interest in the
WARNER MILLER TAKES SIDES.
He Is a Hlatue Man Some Views of Other
There has been considerable speculation
as to the attitude of ex-Senator Warner
Miller and his friends in the Xew York
delegation. All doubts on the question
have been set at rest by a conference of the
Miller delegates. After discussion of the
situation it was unanimously agreed to
support the nomination of Blaiue. Miller
himself was present and took active part
in the conference. Senator Miller later in
the evening fully confirmed this state
ment. He said he had found a large
majority of the Xew York delegates
favorable to Blaine and would cast his lot
Quay Is Confident of the Kesult.
Senator Quay was asked how be felt
about it aud said: "Just the same as 1
always have felt haven i the least i.oi.i.t
of his Blaiue'a nomination. Xo, do i .i
care to give out figures nuur of our pro
pie do. Figures on such occasions :.
given out for a purpose aside f.o;a :h n .
acquainting the public with facet : i .
case." Dick Q my, the m-u itor s i. .. .
quite emphatic In his riWi
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