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il EI i ALD-A AX K.
For Presidential Electors—
T. I). i:l\vai:is, Lawrence.
J. L. TVKNKH- I'OII Momine.
Ji. H. WOODS, .Minneliiilia,
K. M. SI.OOl'M, Campbell.
For Representatives in Congress—
KOBKKT J. tiAMBLE, Yaiikton
COE I. CKAWFOltD, Huglie.
For Governor—
A. O. Kl\CSIitTD.raion.
For Lieutenant C.overnor—
D. T. HiNIMAN. Marshall.
For Secretary of State—
W. II. KODDLE. lrM»k u{rs.
For Auditor—
H. E. MAYHEW, Sanborn
For Trestsnrer—
K il.K (i. rilll.l.irs. Lawrence.
For Siii«'rint-in cut of 1'uMir In^tnut
FKANK i:.\NE 0««liiit:t4iu.
For iiiHiissiouer of fc-iho urn
JOHN L. LOCKI1AKT, tiI'iiiit
Xor Attorney (iemnil—
S. V. JONES. Turner.
For Jlailroad Commissioners—
D. W. FAI)DEN. Custer,
(totalled Report of the State Covention
Stken From the Aberdeen Dally News.
It was 12:20 Wednesday afternoon
when Chairman A. C. Johnson of the
state ceni*al committee rapped the con
vention to order. The spectacle from
the speakers' and reporters' platform at
that time was magnificent. Almost
every seat in the immense Grain Palace,
which had been so arranged that not a
foot of available space was lost, was
occupied, the delegates in the center and
under the west gallery. In the galleries
tiers of benches, from railing almost to
ceiling, and extending on three sides of
the ampitheatre, were filled with visi
tors and city people, the costumes of
the ladies, of whom large numbers were
present, serving to brighten the conven
tional dress of the gentlemen. The vaet
audience came in and was seated with
out disorder of any kind. Every detail
and particularly that of attendants
whose business it was to wait upon and
seat the people, seemed to have been
admirably provided for.
The Opening: Exercise*.
The glee club was introduced by the
chairman and led in the congregational
pinging, which well nigh raised the
rafters, of the national hymn,"America."
While the convention remained standing
Rev. Mr. Nazarene, pastor of the M. E.
church of Aberdeen, advanced to the
front of the platform and invoked the
divine blessing upon the assemblage.
Following Secretary Lee Stover of the
central committee read the call at
length, and announced that all counties
named in call had presented credentials
with exception of Minnehaha and Mc
Cook. These were at once placed in
hie hands. Contests were announced
from Fall River and Lyman counties.
The Mayor's Welcome.
Mayor McGlachlin of Aberdeen, in
troduced at this juncture, voiced the
welcome felt by his people for the visit
ors in a brief but exceptionally appro
priate and witty manner. The delegates
were delighted with the bearing and
words of his honor, and as he concluded
and took his seat a spontaneous and irre
sistible burst of applause, the first of
the convention, rang out. The address
was a gem of its kind and is herewith
Mr. Chairman and Gentlemen of this
Convention: In behalf of our citizens,
whom 1 have the honor to represent, I
have the pleasure of welcoming you to
our homes. You from the corn belts
of the south, and to you from the gold
fields of the west we care not whether
you are gold bugs, siiverites or green
backers, we know you are loyal Dako
tans, and as such we welcome you to
our city—to a city where more religious
sects and creeds, more secret fraternal
and benevolent societies are represented
than any city of its size on this con
tinent, to a city where all political
parties and faiths are represented, a city
whose people are divided into more fac
tions, and are possessed of more isims
and cisiuis than any people on earth.
We are divided on many questions
but are united in loyalty and modesty.
Our people are always loyal to Aber
deen's interest and modest to a fault.
Gentlemen, owing to our extreme mod
esty it is a fact that no Aberdeen citizen
has ever been nominated or elected to a
state office except legislative. No fed
eral appointive office, has ever been
filled by an Aberdeen citizen when
meo could be found without our
urn not
kt i
of the city.
.v.. gentlemen, ttiey even
.nan without a party, siny
e abler ami better quali
parties were
doors are
locked against you, except,
the county jai! and city bastile those
institutions are and shall be reserved for
our own citizens, should any of them be
so unfortunate an to show you disrespect
while you are our guests. Gentlemen,
hoping that your stay among us may be
pleasant, to you, your deliberations har­
you decisions and selections
wise, I again bid you welcome.
Vaii (Htt for 'leiupunry Chairman.
L. B. French of Yankton nominated
Edwin Van Cise of Dead wood for tem
porary chairman of the convention. No
was presented, and
oT T,auYence.
I i.idle
Gentlemen of the Convention. I
thank you sincerely for the distinguished
compliment you pay me in choosing me
as temporary chairman of this conven
tion. I congratulate you on the favor
able circumstances under which we
meet together. After four years' exhi
bition of Democratic incompetence to
manage our national affairs, the Repub
licans of the country are called upon to
make arrangements to go up and take
their place. And what an exhibition
those four years have made! In the
summer of 1892 we saw our people blest
with prosperity and plenty mills and
factories running at full capacity har
vests marketable at good prices savings
banks paying interest to their deposit
ors, and dividends to their stockholders
wages higher and the price of manu
ctured products lower than ever be
fore in the history of our country. The
Republican party was in power. It had
enacted into law a tariff measure pop
ularly known as the "McKinley bill.*'
which with its provisions for reciprocity
suggested by that prince of American
statesmen, James G. Blaine, was already
bearing fruit in increased profits for
American industry. It nominated a
goo 1 ticket at Minneapolis, presenting
General Harrison for re-election, with
the record of his clean, strong adminis
tration. That tjeket ought to have
been elected. But unfortunately there
was some party disaffection, there were
some disappointed leaders who sulked
in their tents there were some who
wanted offices or the privilege of farm
ing out the offices, who had not had ex
actly their way: there were some of the
emissaries of free trade (men who loved
other nations better than their own)
abroad in ihe land. So we were de
feated! What followed? No sooner
was election over and the American peo
ple realized what had happened than
the reaction came. A shadow fell
the country
issues cl
i o!*.'g
are our
•un. Now, gentlemen, I
old moth
nnuii of presenting you the keys
city is
.lo not need
go in and
delegates voted as .me man in electing
Mr. Van Oise. He was escorted to the
platform by Mr. French .am 1 .Mr. Ed
appointed Ty
His address was
worthy of the man and occasion. Every
reference to the platform adopted at St.
Louis, to the immortal name* of Braine
celebrated in
the land. Fear and shuddering came to
the workshops, the factories and the
homes. The Democratic party with its
"chronic genius for blundering," as
Grant called it, was to take the reins of
government. It did. It needs no his
torian to recount the experience of four
years. Your newspapers have told it
from day to day and week to week you
have read it in the notices jjosted on the
outer doors of your broken banks and
bankrupt stores, in the sad faces of men
out of work and out of money you have
felt it in the pinching poverty that came
with hard times. And has the Demo
cratic party tried to afford any help?
It went into power under the promise
to reform, and its first work was to re
peal the federal election laws and open
the door for fraud and terrorism, its
next, to break the reciprocity treaties
that had been the crowning work of
Harrison's administration, its next, to
abolish the McKinley tariff and enact
in its stead a mongrel mixture of free
trade and protection, a legislative mon
strosity which the president denounced
as a piece of party perfidy and dishonor,
and allowed to become a law without his
signature. As a result of such legis
lation, it has been impossible to gather
sufficient revenue to pay the expei.-ses of
government, and the president has had
to resort to the issue of bonds at high
rates to meet the bills and maintain the
nation's credit, increasing our debt
$2o0,000,(XX) in a time of profound peace.
Instead of a party united in his supDort,
endeavoring honestly aud earnestly to
legislate for the welfare of a common
country, he has had behind him a
crowd of discordant, inharmonious fol
lowers. not only unwilling to caucus and
work together for common ends, but
torn in bitter factions, each arrayed
against the other, the leaders on one
side denouncing the others as black
guards and blatherskites, and the latter
retorting on the president as a traitor
and his adherents as "cuckoos."
No wonder that two years after the
defeat of our standard bearers of 1892,
the people began to see the mistake they
had made, and went to work to atone for
it so far as in their power. In 1891 they
returned a Republican majority to the
national house of representatives and
restored Speaker Reed to his rightful
place as its presiding officer. But un
fortunately the senate through the aid
of Populists and disaffected Republicans
remained in the hands of the Democracy.
§L that nothing has been done, j^nd
nrealties easier now ttial
[nTI V
UJfill.uro I UOJV .av.-r
s has adjourned and sent the
lown to the people. For they
i .litv "0 our sovereign
.r will i- .•
masses asking
from the men
chair for that purpose, amid round on
round of
Lincoln'* .idvice U- '.he
"Keep close
leadership of the party, notably the
name of William McKinley, the presi
dential nominee, elicited the most im
v«» app'ause. The "baker dozen
at St. Louis'* calied for a salvo of wild
cheers and glad acclaim that fairly
shook the building. Hardly less hearty
and stining was the reception given the
words. "Spain's bloody hands," as the
speaker referred to the situation and
claims of Cuba. It was an eloquent
and inspiring address grandly given anil
superbly received. Mr. Van Cisesaidin
The Chairman'* Address.
to the people.
What say they now?
west, from north aud
Give us back the good
us work at living
times of 1^0. 2, give
wages, j/iw us fair pricos for our pro
ducts, whether from the farm, the fac
tory, or
the mine. Give us legislation
that will lead to prosperity and not to
adversitv give us a party that has some
fixed principles, some harmony among
its leaders and some knowledge how to
ransact busim-w, give us protection
for American industries, American in_
terests, American
books and
American homes, and give us for a can
didate this fall the great apostle and
leader of such protection, William Mc
That was the people's call. It came
the toiling masses and the
a place to toil,
who carried tin
pails and voted the Republican tl ket
four years ago, and the men who car
ried tin pails and voted the Democratic
ticket but are sorry for it. It came
from the thousands who do not ask or
care for office, but who want good gov
ernment. It came from the plain peo
ple to whose voice conventions must
listen and bosses take heed if they ex
pect to elect their tickets. It overrode
the local sentiment for favorite sons,
and defied the attempted dictation of
money kings, and importers, and metro
politan newspapers.
"It came a.* the winds corr.e when forests
are re ruled.
ii came its ili" wave •ni wheu navies
are Mramlcd."
it was the voice of the people—the
supreme law and the great convention
at St. Louis where but two weeks be
fore, tall buildings had crumbled in the
breath of the storm, bowed meekly
before the great storm of public clamor
and named as its candidate, the nominee
of the people, the chosen of the masses,
the apostle of protection, the soldier
statesman, William McKinley.
And in that splendid platform on
which they invited him to stand they
declared, "We renew and emphasize our
allegiance to the policy of protection as
the bulwark of American industrial in
dependence and the foundation of
American development and prosperity.
This true American policy taxes foreign
products and encourages home industry
it puts the burden of revenue on foreign
goods: it secures the American market
for the American producer it upholds
the American standard of wages for the
American working man: it puts the fac
tory by the side of the farm and makes
the American farmer less dependent on
foreign demand and price: it diffuses
general thrift and founds the strength
of all on the strength of each."
They declared further: "Pro
tection and reciprocity are twin meas
ures of Republican policy and go hand
in hand. Democratic rule has recklessly
struck down both and both must
1 o re-established —protection for what
we produce free admission for the nec
essaries of life which we do not produce:
reciprocal agreements of mutual interest
which gain open markets for us in
return for our open market to others.
Protection builds up domestic industry
and trade and secures our own market
foro urseives: reciprocity builds up for
eign trade and finds an outlet for our
Nor have we shirked or shown wan?
of courage in meeting other issues.
Instead of a shufiling foreign policy we
have spoken for a bold one that shall
make our influence felt among the
nations of the earth aud give hope to the
feeble now struggling under the oppres
sions and insults of the strong. We
have declared for a stronger navy that
may carry our flag to every sea arid pro
tect our citizens on every
shore. We
mean, so far as in our power, to see that
England shall not bully Venezuela, that
Turkey shall cease her slaughter of
Armenians, that the Sandwich Islands
may hoist the American Hag if they
want to, that Spain shall take her
bloody hands from Cuba, and that no
foreign power shall build or control the
Nicaragua canal, connecting the waters
of the two oceans.
On the financial question, too—which
the Populists and a faction of Demo
crats insist is the paramount issue—the
Republican party has adopted a plain,
straightforward, unambiguous declara
tion: "The Republican party is unre
servedly for sound money. It caused
the enactment of the law providing for
the resumption of specie payments in
lh79 since then every dollar has been as
good as gold. We are unalterably
opposed to every measure calculated to
debase our currency or impair the credit
of our country. We are, therefore,
opposed to the free coinage of silver
except bv international agreement with
the leading commercial nations of the
world, which we pledge ourselves to pro
mote, and until such agreement can be
obtained the existing gold standard
must be preserved. All our silver and
paper currency must be maintained at
parity with gold, and we favor all meas
ures designed to maintain inviolably the
obligations of the United States and all
our money, whether coin or paper, at the
present standard, the standard of the
most enlightened nations of the earth."
Every true bi metallist or advocate of
the use of both metals as money ought
to be satisfied with that utterance. Does
anyone object to the pledge that all our
national obligations shall be kept and
preserved? Or the promise that all our
silver and paper must be maintained at
parity with gold? I know there are
those who dissent because they favor a
silver standard and say openly they
would drive gold from circulation. They
are mono rnetallists. And after all the
only difference between sincere bi metal
lists is as to whether our nation can
alone anil unaided bring about a larger
use of silver. Some have thought this
could be done, and that action by the
nited States would compel the other
nations to follow. The Republican party
in its national convention assembled has
declared the contrary, believing that
a i i v a I
'the dark but it has fuither declared
will encourage and promote
agreement ov. the subject.
that we
international agreement ov, me ^...
And this is the policy of prudence and
safety. I'ndcr a Republican adminis
wo ».nt renresentatives to a
Lii v
we sent
bi metallic conference nothing was
hed. largely because some of
ih interests attending there
hoped we would try it alone, when they
could gain a mean advantage by buying
our products for silver and selling lis
theirs for gold. But a bold stand like
that taken at St. Louis will have its
fleet on setiment over there, ami already
leading men in England express their
willingness to reopen to silver the mints
of India statesmen in Italy, France
and Germany arc asking for a new con
ference—the great agricultural conven
tion in France the other day declared
unanimously for it—and the bright
young German emperor is going ft) make
the subject of bimetallism a special
study during his summer vacation.
But there are some who are not satis
fied with their party because of this ut
terance on the silver question at St.
Louis and who declare that because it
would not there commit itself to the free,
unlimited and unrestricted coinage of
silver at a ratio of 1(5 to 1, they will bolt
their party and vote with the Demo
crats or Populists or any other party
that will adopt their views on this sub
ject. Is this good policy? Is it patri
otic? Is it consistent with the principle
on which parties and governments are
founded that minorities must yield to
the majority? Can parties or govern
ments be maintained otherwise? The
Republican party has been large enough
and tolerant enough hitherto to admit
in its ranks the moderate as well as the
extreme protectionist, the mod
erate as well as the extremist
on the liquor and other ques
tions we have had leaders differing on
many matters of foreign and domestic
policy and they have managed to get
along without a bolt.
No! There was a bolt once- many in
this audience have not forgotten it a
bolt more threatening, more formidable,
more dramatic, than that little piece of
at St. Louis. I refer to
the great "liberal" movement of 1872.
There was a bolt supported by
such great journals as the New York
Tribune, Chicago Tribune, Cincinnati
Commercial and Springfield Republican
officered by such great leaders as Sum
ner and Banks and Adams in Massa
chusetts Fenton, Merritt, Depew, Brv
ant, Cochrane, Selden, in New York
Curtin, McClure, Hickman, Forney, in
Pennsylvania: Matthews and Iloadly in
Ohio: Geo. W. Julian in Indiana ('as
pius M. Clay in Kentucky: Sehurz,
Brown and Pulitzer in Missouri: Trum
bull, Swett, Palmer and Koerner in llli
nois: Doolittle in Wisconsin: Blair in
Michigan. Stone, Grinnell, Hepburn
and Kir.ne Iowa: and yet that bolt,
led by those great papers, officered by
those great leaders, putting up for its
candidate the white haired apostle of
protection, the champion of universal
amnesty and impartial suffrage, Horace
Greeley, and securing his indorsement
by the Democratic convention on a plat
form accepting the constitutional amend
inents, went down before the votes of
the people as chaff before the wind, and
Grant was elected by a tremendous
So will it be this fall. The bolter who
thinks that this nation alone can dictate
the financial policy of the woild
bring England and France and Germany
and Austria to follow in her lead,
Let us remain with the grand old par
ty, that has been tried so often and
never found wanting. Let us bow to
the will of the majority in its great na
tional representative convention, freely
and fairly expressed. Let us trust the
integrity, the patriotism, the intelligence
of its chosen leaders, and their
Their dark inipfiietrablt wood,
Each stepping wlu-re his comrade stood.
The instant that be fell."
The post of duty is the post of honor
the path of courage is the path of safety.
The straggler now is making the mistake
of his life—so, closing up our ranks, wo
will make this fight. The absent, the
missing, may not respond at roll call as
of old but we are here at duty's call
and we know that our cause is just, the
cause of the people, and recruits for
this cause will come from other camps,
from all the states of the union, and we
shall march to victory again.
Secretaries ami Commit tees.
R. S.
Person rf Miner county and H.
Sholer of
the convention. Motions
followed in rapid succession for commit
tees, each to be composed of nine dele
gates, on credentials, permanent organ
ization, rules and order of business and
resolutions. While the chairman was
preparing the list, to report to the con
vention, there were loud cries for lion.
John N. Baldwin, who was seated upon
the platform. To these calls, enthusias
tic. t» a degree to deeply stir any man,
a powerful address
of hftecn or twenty mioutea wd raiaad
e e i i i U- S u u
references to Senator Pep
bolt at St. Louis fitted
the convention
a niei-ft
cheer resounded tlmm^
ing. The speaker's com,
convention and the state
confidence in their Hep,
loyalty, gave intense p|
hearers and touched a tu
deed. The big Lowan—b
intellect- -was made to fei
house of his friends.
Temporary Chairman
nouueed the following eoi
Committee on CTe,|(|,
H. R. Pease of Robert*
of Minnehaha, F. A. Mc V
inson,Geo. R. Farmer
Fullerton of Davison, (Je,
Marshall, ,J. Donahue of
Gossage of Pennington, y
Committee on I'ertnnne&t oT
C. II. Barrett of Clay, ,\
ot Douglas, II. A. Kami*],
C. X. Seward of Codingt •.
well of Hanson, Frank
Spink, W. II. Burr of W,i
Bower of Pennington.
Oa Rules ami Order it,^
P. Bromley of Spin!
bell of Yankton. VV. il
Moody, Philo Hall of Bi
Bonney of Sanborn, C. .!
Brown, E. F. Gross of I'.
Grantham of Custer, Fn
Committee on
G. G. Beimet I of i
Elliott of Bon Homme, !i
Lincoln, J. F. Haliaday
R. S. Person of Miner, (i j.
of Day, -lames IJeid of
V. Lucas of l-'aii Hive
On motion of French o'
journment was taken at 1
o'clock in order that t:.
might prepare their repot
Allot iter Adjournal
On re assembling the
credentials advised the
its inability to report at :h.s
a second adjournment#.!.*
several votes to o::!n in the
Work All
Decidedly contrary to th
pectation the Republican
tion held an all-night
pleted its ticket and the i
it at exactly i o'clock th
had been the original
journ the evening pes-.
reports of the commit!"^
framing of the platform. .:
point had been reached
had tasted b!«nl and th.r-t
Motions to adjourn werei *i
down and at II o'clock.
body was weary and vvc-n.
and imjHirtant work
nominations was enteret
determination to push it
out another adjournment.
Report of Credential* Comm!
The report of th?
.-•redentials, read bv (Jen 1'
mended that Chanes
given eleven votes, Mar*:..!
Gregory and Novvlin two
unorganized counties ha••
was further recotmnende
son contesting delegates
e s e a e a n a e
who determines that because his party
associates cannot agree with him in
such a belief that they are all wrong
and he alone right, and that the danger
ous experiment of independent free coin
age at a ration of 1(5 to 1, when the pres
ent market value is about .'50 to 1, must
be tried at all hazards, is not only in my
judgment mistaking the public senti
ment of this country, but defying the
lessons of history and the experience of
the world.
from Lyman divide the
ommendations of theco
as to Fall Kiver were at
lindjadopted. A mir.orit
by two members of the
Dm mended the seating
ner delegates. Thirtv u
given to each pi('e 'l'
e i o s i i o n o
Chambers Kellar and Ma.
appeared for the so calif"! nv
Dr. J. W. Hancher.
Hills College at Hot_ Spring*
contestants. Mr. W il*®'C!i'
spoke briefly for the w^''r
motion to substitute the
o e a o i y w a s e
on roll call the committer
and the contesting delet
the decisive vote of 473 •11,1
test developed into sonit*
ities and strictures, being.'^i"'
as to Dr.
and watchful constituents to solve these
problems aright, and for the lasting
benefit of all. We may differ as to de
tails, but we all agree in our desire for
good government and a return of good
times. Don't look for the fruition of
that hope to the Democratic partv, or
the Populist party, or to the little coterie
that bolted at St. Louis, or to any com
bination of their discordant, inharmoni
ous and belligerent elements, that may
be cemented for common pursuit of the
spoils of office but stand by the old col
ors under whose glorious folds you have
marched to victory in the past. If
friends desert or drop out of the ranks
let us close up and present a bold front
to the foe, like the warriors of old,—
"The stubborn spearmen still made good.
anu i. •.
The former's presentati"i)
was simply
grandly eloquent,
and huzzas greeted
county gave
twenty votes
Ihe committee
and four
Other Bepoit*
The committee on pern^n^
tion reported, recoaunen .inu
Edwin Van Cise be n^
chairman and F. L.
permanent secretary a
Hyde county were selected
Kemer of Lawrence and
ardof Davison be nan."1*
secretaries. The
astically adopted. A
rules and order of busm«
ed that the nominations
following order: Two i"n'
In congress, governor, 1"
lior, secretary of state,
,u'1" rir-
er, attorney general,
commissioner of school an1
railroad commissioners'
electors and state central
men. Adopted.
Resolution* and I
The declaration ''J
by the chairman of t&''
platform, Judge Bennet
and appear below a
adopted. The resolution u
Governor Mellette J*"
adopted by a rising vote
mopieu uy i cr
ion. The one condemn
Senator Pettigrew ,er
St. Louis
convention vya~
to the committee '.R
again report on that P°
The l'til'
were as
The Republicans
W- t]i
convention representee
faith and allegiance
convention ,a
its entirety, constitute
great and progre^en®

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