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(F, W Taylor Must Meet and Endrn* the
Full Sentence of the Courts—The State
OMccrs Hare Not Agreed to Mitigate
His Sentence—All Assertion! to the Con
trary are False.
To the Public)—-I trust I may tie be
when I say that it is Mrerue
!y distasteful to me to occupy news
paper Bpace with a statement of facts
tn regard to the Taylor case, and
that it is through no desire to create
sensational discussion that I make
one at this time.
However, the case is one in which
the people of South Dakota are the
real parties in interest, and they are
entitled to know, whenever the infor
mation can be given without prejudice,
nil the facts in connection with the
management of the litigation. It
«hould be given honestly and without
reference to personal or partizan in
terests. I here fcttrmpt bo make
»uch a statement simply and briefly.
shall sign it. L9t him who contra
dicts enter the denial over his own
jignature in the same way.
The authorities of South Dakota
first learned that Taylor was a de
faulter on January 9, 1805. We now
know that from the reports of the de
tectives, verified by Taylor himself,
that he left Chicago on January 3,
and was not within the United States,
but in Havana, Cuba, when the de
dication became known January 9.
The legislature, the state officers
and the people of the state generally,
were completely stunned and surpris
ed by the news on January 9. They
were dazed, many were incredulous
and refused to believe that Taylor
had run away.
Notwithstanding this, however, a
joint resolution was passed the first
day of the session offering ?2,0u0 re
ward for Taylor, and news of the off
er was telegraphed all over the United
States on January 10. On that very
day opened the negotiations with
the Pinkerton's detective agency for
the purpose of employing them in the
We found that the Pinkertons
would not work for a reward, and
•that in order to employ them a con
bract must oe made at a fixed price
amounting to $8 per day for each
man, and his actual necessary expen
This fact was promptly reported to
the legislature in executive session,
and a bill appropriating $10,000 for
employment of the detectives and the
prosecution of criminal suits and suits
outside the state upon Taylor's bond
was agreed upon and regularly passed
through the houses and agreed to by
the governor. This bill was rushed
through just as rapidly as the limita
tions in the constitution would per
mit. As soon as its passage was
assured a contract was entered into
between the state and the Pinkerton
•agency, and five experts were put to
work. Taylor had covered his tracks
very skillfully and had in various
ways misled the authorities and it
was several weeks befor° a tangible
clue was discovered as to the correct
One of Pinkerton's men, however,
•struck the trail in February and
•reached Havana March 6, about sixty
days behind Taylor. I then ordered
the Pinkertons to put the best man in
their service upon this trail and fol
low it, no matter where it took him,
until we ordered him to stop, and to
dismiss all other men. 1 did this to
save unnecessary and reckless expense,
as I was satisfied we were on the right
track, and one good man could follow
it better than more than one.
This detective
followed Taylor from
Havana through Mexico and Central
America, thence to Kingston, Jamaica
with a faithfulness '•hat deserves
something more than condemnation.
He has been economical in his ex
penses, and has rendered from time to
time an itemized statement account
ing for every penny expended. He
left Havana March 14 and followed
Taylor's meandering trail as above
stated, arriving at Kingston, Jamaica,
May 4. He remained for some days
on the island searching for his man,
who had covered his tracks with great
skill, but finally satisfied himself that
Taylor left Kingston for Barbadoes,
en route to Brazil and he therefore
left for Barbadoes May 17 and arrived
there on May 20. He then went on to
Martinique, West Indies, from which
place we recalled him.
Since his return Taylor has been
allowed to examine some of the re
ports of this detective. After doing
so he admits that he was more close
ly followed than he thought when he
made his first statement to the press.
He says he came north to the United
•States upon leaving Kingston, which
may be true, and I am satisfied that
the detectives would have found that
tact out and would have followed him
This is a correct history of the de
tective service in this case.
Next as to the suit on Taylor's
bond, and between that day and the
20th of January every bit of proper
ty in the state which could be discov
ered belonging to Taylor and his
bondsmen was attached, and person
al service was made of the summons
upon all resident defendants, and ser
vice by publication begun upon non
resident defendants. After this was
ione lawyers were retained in New
York City and Lafayette, Ind., and
fuits begun there against John T. Mc
Shesney and William Taylor.
In the suit against the defendants
in this state a very strong and de
termined effort was made to obtain
«, change of Venue from Hushes county
to Spink county, where a majority of
the bondsmen reside. This failed, and
the state took numerous depositions
and prepared the case for trial at the
Mav term of circuit court at Pierre.
with the other defendants for conspir
acy to cheat and defraud.
After the above proceedings at the
May term of court, here, I was asked
by a friend of Taylor's whether I
would be willing to give him a warrant
for Taylor's arrest, and pay the
actual expenses of a man who would
go to the place where Taylor was in
hiding and bring him to Pierre. He
said that Taylor's father and mother
w«re getting old and wanted to see
him before they died, and that they
thought it better for him to come
back and plead guilty, and bethought
Taylor would come. He wanted the
warrant lor protection against sharks
who would try to arrest Taylor and
claim the reward. I expressed confi
dence that we would get Taylor
through the detectives, and he re
marked that we probably would in
time, but this would save us a large
amount of expense, and that they did
not ask that any vigilance on the part
of the state be relaxed. I could not
refuse this and thus take the risk of
possibly losing trace of Taylor, so I
agreed to it. In response to an in
quiry I said that if Taylor came back
in this way and would make a full
and complete confession of all the
facts connected with the crime and
plead guilty, with evidence of peni
tence, I would recommend him to the
mercy of the court. I then procured
a certificate or commission for his
arrest under the seal of the state and
gave it to the man. I did not know
who was to go after Taylor, but sup
posed it was some member of his
family—never did know until I saw
Sullivan with him at Wolsey.
So far as Judge Gaffy agreeing 3
any particular sentence, or Gov
ernor Sheldon agreeing in writing or
any manner to pardon Taylor, I
have to say that there is no truth in
it whatever. Judge Gaffy io not the
sort of a judge nor the sort of man
to pass upon or decide any case un
til it is before him in all its bearings,
and the person who would have the
termerity to approach the judge of
this circuit court with a proposition
of that kind, would not be likely, in
my judgment, to repeat the attempt.
It is true the extremest penalty un
der the criminal code of this state for
appropriating funds received by a
public officer as defined in sections
0098 and 6212 of the compiled laws,
is imprisonment in the penitentiary
not exceeding five years. No lawyer
probably, who reads section 1065
carefully will undertake to say it is val
id. This, however, is for the circuit
court to decide and not me.
I have had 3ome professional talks
withat.torney 8 on the other side in these
cases during their negotiation which
was along the lines above named,
and that is all there is to that. Tay
lor is here, he will plead guilty, and
neither he nor any person on either
side of the case can say that he knows
what the judge will decide to do.
Now as to the settlement of the
suit on Taylor's bond:
One of the bondsmen came to Pierre
recently and spent some days here.
He solicited several interviews with
nie, in which he proposed several
schemes for settling up the Taylor
claim. From him and from Taylor
and from all other sources of inquiry
that have been open to me, it seems
that Taylor, at the time of his flient,
left §45,000 with him that the bal
ance of the large amounts received by
Taylor during November and Decem
ber was practically all used in payine
off various obligations which Taylor
had contracted earlier in the year, in
cluding notes indorsed by his father
and moneys paid out in his deals at
Newton, 111. I am unable so far to
find anything with which to contro
vert his statement. They also admit
that several thousand dollars has
been collected by Taylar's trustee
since the property was turned over to
him, and that he has aboit $25,000
in his hands as cash. One of the
propositions made to mo wns that the
state accept this cash and all the
property of Taylor and everything
field by this trustee in satisfaction of
the judgment. I promptly and em
phatitally refused to entertain such a
proposition for a moment. I was
then asked as to what kind of an
arrangement I would be williag to
make, and I said this:
That if the bondsmen would pro
cure the payment of the cash in the
hands of the trustee, claimed to be
about $52,000 and enough more ctsh
to make the cash sum of $100,000,
into the treasury of this state, I
would then agree to take the list of
all the real estate, notesf mortgages,
certificate's of deposit, mining stocks,
Illinois farm and Chicago lots—o
which property there is a vast
amount—present it to the board of
appraisement of school and public
lands, which consists of Auditor Hip
pie, Commissioner Lockliart and
Governor Sheldon—I am not a mem
ber of it at all—and have them ex
amine the property title, location,
character etc., and have them ap
praise the property upon a iair and
liberal basis, taking into considera
tion the fact that the state might
have to carry some of the lands for
several years before selling in order
to get its money out of it and that
we would then issue execution upon
the judgment and sell this property
at the agreed figure and apply it to
the satisfaction of the judgment
that I wanted them to get a quit
laim deed from Northwester mort
gage Trust company, authorized by
the board of directors of that com
pany, conveying all the property of
that company which I had attached
in behalf of the state and that I be
lieved that all this property so sold,
with the cash payment $100,000,
would substantially satisfy the judg
This is just exactly what the state is
required by the law to do. The con
stitution of the state permits no com
promise, and the legislature last
winter enacted a law which provides
that in all civil actions where the state
plaintiff and recovers judgment and
issues an execution, the same board
which appraises school and public
lands shall determine the price at
which thb state may bid in the prop
erty levied upon. Not a single mem
ber of this board has seen a list of
this property, or directly or indirectly
When the case was called for trial at
the opening of the May term, the de
fendants applied for a continuance'
oyer the entire term, which was de
nied and the case set for trial May
28. They then attempted to lvmove
it to the federal court and failed in
this, and the case was tried and
judgment obtained for $344,277.45
and has been duly entered.
Upon the suit in New York against
John T. McChesney, the defendant
answered and counsel for the state
moved to strike out most of the
answer as incompetent and irrelev
ant. Ttlis motion was denied in the
court below and the state appealed.
The appellate court has reversed this
decision and ordered that the motion
to strike out be sustained. So that
there is little in McChesney's answer
except the allegation, that the short
age occurred during Taylor's first
The authorities found that in the
last days of December, 1894, Taylor
.and his b-other-in-law Benedict had
transferred to one Charles H. Wells in
Chicago, 111., all of the real estate be
longing to the Northwestern Mortgage
Trust company, of which Taylor was
president, and all the real estate be
longing to Taylor and his wife and A.
C. Mellette situated within this state,
in trust for some purpose whicn did
not appear on the face of the deeds
also, that early in January the de
fendants, McChesney, Beard, Brooks,
IC.iser, Morris, Labrie and several
others had recorded deeds purporting
to transfer their property. An action
was at once instituted by the state to
set aside all these deeds, covering a
vast amount of real estate scattered
over some thirty counties in the state,
as fraudulent and voiJ. Service by
publication and personal has been
made and completed, and the action
is at issue.
This is the status of the civil suits.
The legislature appointed a commit
tee to investigate the defalcation of
Taylor and a g«—s many witnesses
were summoned and examined. The
report of that committee has been
published and need not be commented
on by me.
It appears, however, from evidence
obtained by that committee and ad
missions made by D. K. Tenney and
others, that just before Taylor ran
away, he placed all the cash he had,
with the exception of a small amount
he took away with him, together with
all his personal property everywhere,
including deeds to hfs real estate, and
real estate belonging to the North
western Mortgage Trust company, in
the hands of Charles H. Wells in Chi
cago, and that it was agreed between
Tayior and the parties to this
arrangement that the state be re
quired. to agree to not prosecute
Taylor and to release his bondsmen
entirely upon the turning over to it of
a certain sum of money, not exceeding
Upon discovering this situation I
resolved to proceed against the par
ties whose names were connected with
this scheme upon a criminal charge
for conspiracy to cheat and defraud
the state.
As. is already well known, I lodged
such a complaint in justice-court in
Pierre the latter part of February,
and one of the defendants was arrest
ed, and after a most able and stub
born defense held to await the action
of the grand jury of Hughes county at
the May term.
Just before the commencement of
the May term of court a friend of mine
said he had received a letter from
McChesney asking him to see me and
ascertain whether or not I was really
determined to present the charge
against him and his co-defendants to
the grand jury. I replied that I was.
This gentleman was an entirely disin
terested friend, and is in no manner
whatever connected with any of the
arties or their transactions. I told
that I was determined to do so.
He then said that Mr. McChesney
would like to meet me in Tracy,
Minn., and talk the matter over with
me. I refused to do this. He then
asked if I would be willing to meet his
attorney in Sioux City, and I refused.
I then said, "You may tell Mr. Mc
Chesney that I will not meet him at
all nor give him any consideration as
long as he remains in his present atti
tude towards the state. If he expects
any favorable consideration let him
first put himself in the position of an
honest man by restoring to this state
every dollar in money and every item
of personal property, and every foot
of real estate that was placed out of
our reach and in the hands of the
trustee in Chicago, without any con
ditions or reservations whatever.
Until then you can say to him that
we will fight him to the last ditch, and
if he can be arrested and tried in this
?tate it will be done."
The next step in this line was taken
before the opening of the May term of
court at Pierre.
It was then intimated to me that if
I would give the defendants in the
conspiracy charge an opportunity
they would undertake to procure the
full and complete surrender to the
state of all the money and property
held in Chicago, with no conditions
whaterer attached, and that they
wanted the trial of thecriminal charg
es then pending continued so that this
might be done. This offer had every
appearance of being made in good
faith, so I consented to the continu
ance of the criminal cases over that
term. That is all there is to that.
In the meantime Benedict was ar
rested in Chicago and brought to
Pierre on extradition papers charging
him with grand larceny. The charge
was based upon his connection with
Taylor's escape and business trans
actions between them at this time,
and the description piven by the offi
cers of the American Exchange Na
tional bank of Chicago of the man
who came into the bank with Tay
lor on the 3d day of January when
he drew out $00,000. Upon the pre
liminary examination of Benedict
the bank policeman coild not iden
tify him as the man who was in the
bank with Taylor and we failed in
our proofs. We dismissel the com
plaint ana lodged one charging him
with conspiracy, and after an exam
ination he was held for Uie grand
jury and indicated at the Hay term
committed himself to any particular
The statement that the
list has been
accepted and an agreement ma^e in
writing to take it is whoiiy and abso
lutely faise.
I sincerely believe that the bonds
men will raise and pay over the $100,
00n in cash, and that the other
property taken as above indicated
will .substantially satisfy the judg
ment The defendants are sufficiently
well acquainted with me to know that
they must take that course or con
tinue the fight along the line inaugur
ated in the start. It is for them to
decide which course they will take,
and, a& I understand it, they have
concluded to pay ana turn over as
above indicated.
The prosecutions against McChes
ney. Tenney, Benedict and McCoy re
main where they were when continued
over the May term. They have not
been dismissed. There has been no
written agreement of any sort made
in regard to them, or in regard to any
thing at all. It would not be proper at
this time for me to make a statement
in regard to the conspiracy cases.
They cannot de touched until next
This statement is made to correct
many erroneous statements that are
being circulated over the state.
I claim no credit for doing more than
my duty. I have tried to do that.
No doubt I have made some mistakes
and dont feel hard at anyone who in
dulges in fair criticism. But there is
no excuse for willful and malicious
lying in these matters.
Another Plot for a Revolution in
San Francisco, .Tune 26. For sev
eral weeks there lias been much anx
iety among the colony of Hawaiian
exiles here. Small groups are seen in
earnest consultation. To-rlay Ha
waiian Consul Wilder revealed the se
cret of this activity, which is the or
ganization of a new filibustering expe
dition to carry 100 picked men end a
large supply of ariiis and ammunition
to Hawaii. Wilder is skeptical of the
real strength of the expedition, but.
still he admits that the exiles here are
desperate men, and that they have
strong financial backing.
Wildor's information comes from
Capt. Lunt, who once figured con
spicuously on the smuggler Halcyon,
which eluded all customs boats for
years and landed valuable cargoes of
opium all along the coast. It is under
stood the filibusters have bought the
yacht Aggie. Lunt says he knows
their scheme comprises the sending of
two parties, one from Seattle and one
from San Diego, or some port of
Southern California.
A Girl nnl n. Danoi' Give Itinc to
Serious Frsiea*.
Shakopee, Minn., .Tune U(.—At Ham
ilton station yesterday afternoon a
street brawl was enlivened by the in
troduction of a razor, and two men
were injured. For a month past bad
blood has existed between Kd Jordan
and Pat McCann. the trouble arising
over a girl at a ilnnce. The two met
at o'clock "last night near the Omaha
depot and Jordan proposed to settle
the matter. McCann supposed that
this meant friendship, and heartily
agreed. Meanwhile Tom Welch was
attacked by Tony Jordan, a brother of
Kd, and McCann started to part them.
His supposed friend then drew a razor
and commenced to carve McCann. and
before the two could be separated the
latter had received a deep cut on the
right shoulder, another entirely across
the palm of the liaud, and a third cut,
but not serious, across the abdomen.
McCann's clothing saved his life.
.Tames O'Brien's clothes were also cut
up and his body scratched slightly.
Jordan was arrested and will face tlie
charge of assault in the second de
GreHliniu'H Will.
Chicago, .lime Ui?.—The will of Coil.
Walter Q. Gresham. late secretary of
state, was admitted to probate to-day
by Judge Kohlsaaf. Mrs. Gresham ap
peared in court, accompanied by her
son, Otto Gresham. Mr. Gresliaui pro
duced his father's will from his pock
et and final proof of the witnessing of
the will was then made. The will is
very simple. It is written in Judge
Gresliam's own handwriting upon one
sheet of paper. It bequeaths all his
property, estimated to be worth S51,
000, to his wife.
Prof. Floyd D.vvis, Chemist to the
State Hoard of Health of Iowa, says:
"The Royal has the highest leavening
power of any baking powder examin
ed. and is composed of pure and
wholesome ingredients, well mixed,
and of a character perfectly proper
for use. No other powder gives re
sults so satisfactory."
TIi«» Upper MiftHinsI jipl.
Minneapolis, June 2(i.—The conven
tion for the consideration of the feasi
bility of improving the upper Missis
sippi river met to-day at the Commer
cial club. The initiative in this move
ment has been taken by the towns
along the river above Minneapolis,
notably the town of Grand Rapids,
whose business men's association is
sued the call of the convention after
conference with the other places in
An Old XcwNpn])••- Man Snicldex.
Mount Pleasant, Iowa, June 2G.—G.
L. Moorehouse. one of lie oldest news
paper men in the state, committed
suicide to-day. His head was nearly
severed by a razor. His mind was un
balanced by recent sickness.
Colu in bill W'SIIH.
roughkeepsie. N. Y„ .Tune 20.—The
four-mile stretch of Hudson river
water opposite Poughkeepsie has been
christened as an intercollegiate course
by the contest which was won last
night by the Columbia's eight over
those of Cornell and Pennsylvania.
Cornell was heal en liy about six boat
lengths, and while the victory was be
ing won Pennsylvania's men. cramped
within three-quarters of a mile of the
finish, were sitting in their shell,
waist deep in the water, waiting to
be rescued by an approaching tug.
Tlie Resolution* Committee Decidea
to Refer All Resolutions llelntliije
to l'ubllc Question* to Next Repub
lican Convention.
Cleveland, June 21.—The eighth na
tional convention of the League of
Republican clubs convened In music
hall with 2,000 delegates In the audi
torium and the gallarles filled with
visitors. The hall is elaborately dec
orated, as is the arcade, where the
banquet Is to be given to-morrow, and
the hotels and clubs. After prayer by
Rev. S. L. Darsey, Secretary Humph
rey read the call and addresses of wel
come were made by Mayor Robert E.
McKisson and President D. I). Wood
mausee. of the Ohio League of Repub
lican clubs. President Tracey then
delivered the annual address.
A. B. Humphrey, who has been sec
retary eight yenrs, ever since the na
tional League of Republican clubs was
organized, to-day announces positively
that he will not be a candidate for re
election. This withdrawal is in the
interest of Gen. McAlpin for president,
McAlpin and Humphrey both being
from New York. The silver men had
another conference to-day and decided
to wait until after the appointment of
the committee on resolutions heforb
taking action. If that committee is or
ganized against free coinage they will
insist on the consideration of their 16
to 1 resolution in tlie convention.
Their glittering silver badges are the
most brilliant paraphernalia in the hall
or about the hotels, and they are still
confident that the party must accede
to their demands to hold the Western
Call of States,
When Secretary Humphrey called
the states to ascertain the number of
delegates and alternates it was ascer
tained that the states could report only
those present and not the number to
which they are entitled. This was
against the silver men, whose delega
tions were not as full as those of other
states. During the call there were
loud demonstrations when Tennessee,
Missouri, Kentucky and other Demo
cratic states were called. The great
est ovation was given to II. Clay Ev
ans of Tennesset.
In his address of welcome Mr. Wood
mansee, of the Ohio league, expressed
regret that Gov. McKinley was pre
vented by his Kansas engagement
from welcoming the delegates to Ohio.
The reference to McKinley caused a
loud and continuous demonstration.
Mr. Woodmansee desired to say, how
ever, that Gov. McKinley would reach
the city on Friday evening at the
Hollenden, where he would be glad to
greet all and say farewell to one and
The secretary announced that there
were represented at the convention
forty-six states and territories, the
largest number over represented at
any previous convention of the league.
Among the delegates were a number
of ladies, four from Colorado, one from
New York, two from Washington and
three from Illinois, the latter repre
senting women's league clubs in that
state. The ladies from Colorado lost
no opportunity to do missionary work
in favor of the free coinage of silver.
The American college league has ten
delegates present.
Committee on Resolution*.
The committee on resolutions was as
Iowa, .Tames Blytlie New Jersey, W.
A. Hustin Ohio, W. S. Cappellar
West Virginia, Ellis Northcote Ore
gon, H. M. Clarke Indiana, George W.
Farriss Wyoming, F. M. Mendell
North Dakota, R. N. Stevens Rhode
Island, Henry Tiepke Georgia, A. E.
Buell Louisiana, William P. Kellogg
New York, S. A. Robertson Utah
E. Allen Texas, H. F. McGregor Ala
bama, R. A. Moseiy Arizona. J. A.
Sampson. California, ,T. J. Gasper Ar
kansas, John McClure Connecticut,
L. M. Hubbard, Colorado, Byron L.
Carr Pennsylvania. ,T. B. Robinson*
Nevada, William Glass South Da
kota, R. J. Woods South Carolina, G.
J. Murray Delaware, Horace Greely
Ivnowles Illinois, C. S. Runnels Kan
sas, Senator Baker Massachusetts, H.
B. Blackwell Nebraska, R. B.
Selineickler Mississippi. James Hill
Washington, Miles C. Moore District
of Columbia, W. W. Curry Minnesota,
J. A. Tawne.v New Mexico, A. L. Mor
rison Oklahoma, A. J. Seavy Wiscon
sin, Henry Fink Kentucky, McDonald
The committee on time and place
selected Milwaukee as the place for
the next national convention, and re
ferred the selection of tlie date for the
next national convention to the execu
tive board, with instructions to select
any date after that of the Republican
national convention. Tlie postpone
ment of the time to a date subsequent
to that of the national convention next
year was for the purpose of avoiding
any sucli contest on resolutions .as
that which is now confronting the del
egates of the clubs.
Cleveland, Ohio, June 22.—The com
mittee on resolutions, after a long
fight over the silver question, and to
prevent a fight in the convention,
adopted a resolution in place of the
address to the people that had been
prepared, declaring that as the consti
tution of the league says that this
league shall not in any manner en
deavor to influence tlie action of any
national, state., county or municipal
convention, the delegates of the Re
publican league of the United States,
in convention assembled, do hereby re
new their allegiance to the principles
of the Republican party and' pledge
their best efforts for the success of the
candidates of that party, and that all
resolutions on national questions be
referred to the next Republican con
In the convention Gen. E. A. Mc
Alpin was elected president by accla
mation. No one else was nominated.
Tlie executive committee and vice
presidents include the following Ex
ecutive committee—Minnesota, «T. E.
Byrnes Wisconsin,II. H. Rand North
Dakota, N. M. Cochran South Dakota,
Charles R. Burke. Vice presidents—
Minnesota, Knule Nelson Wisconsin,
George B. Ray North Dakota, E. M.
Warren South Dakota. R.
Last evening the annual .quet
was held and many speeches were
Cleveland. June 23.—The assembling
of the league convention for the last
day's session was delayed by the
meeting of the officers of tlie state
leagues, the new executive board, the
committee on league work and other
organizations engaged in routine busi
The usual cheering of leading Re
publicans was indulged in as they
entered the hall to-day. Although v:^
many had gone home, Music hall was
filled when Gen. McAlpin, the new
president, called the convention to
order. The persistence with which
Gen. McAlpin commanded order was
commended with repeated cheers.
The silver men were, however, dis-
illations for secretary closed last
night. Gen. McAlpin, however, had
the states called again, and the name
of M. J. Dowling was presented by
Minnesota and seconded by other
states. Numerous speeches were
made seconding the nominations for
secretary made before adjournment
last night. It had been thought that
,T. F. Byrnes, the silver advocate
from Denver, would be elected. Die
anti-silver men were accused of hold
ing a conference last night and agree
ing on M. J. Dowling of Minnesota,
and the silver men insisted that nom
inations had been closed last night,
and that the ruling of Gen. McAlpin
was an arbitrary cue against their
P. F. Powers of Michigan precipi
tated a scene of some disorder by of
fering a resolution to have the se
lection of a secretary referred tc the
executive committee, on which each
state has a representative.
Numerous points of order were
raised on the constitutionality of the
resolution. All were overruled by
Chairman McAlpin, who finally re
fused to recognize any one until order
was restored.
Mr. Powers finally withdrew his res
olution, so that business could pro
Senator-elect .T. M. Thurston of Ne
braska. one of the vice presidents, at
tills juncture took the chair and was
given a rousing reception.
Although Mr. Walker's name had
been withdrawn, yet he received some
votes. Befoie the result of the ballot
was announced changes were made
from Byrnes and Eden to M. J. Dowl
ing. and the hitter's election was made
unanimous, without a count.
Tlie committee on resolutions re
ported the Pat ton resolution, which
was adopted, without debate. This
ended all the silver agitation and the
agreement of tiie contending factions
to have no financial fight on the floor
of the convention was cavried
through. The result was greeted with
There were many nays heard on the
vote on the resolution, but tlie ayes
were overwhelmingly in tlie majority,
and the chair soou declared them
Messrs. Humphrey of New York,
Lauglilin of North Dakota, Byrnes of
Colorado, Kelly of Minnesota and
Edeu of Illinois wore appointed to
escort Mr. Dowling to the platform.
Mr. Dowling assumed the duties of
Ills ofllce without making a speech. A
strong vote of thanks was tendered
Hon. A. B. Humphrey, the retiring
secretary. Votes of thanks were also
tendered to citizens of Cleveland, ex
president Tracey and other officers.
The election of treasurer was re
ferred to the executive committee.
M. J. Dowling was born in 18(56 In
the Berkshire hills in Massachusetts.
At the age of ten he came west and
worked as a cowboy. When fourteen
he was caught in a Minnesota blizzard
near Canity, and lost his legs below
the knees, Ills left forearm and the
fingers and thumb from his right
hand. With tlie stub of tlie right hand
he writes a fine hand. Realizing his
position he took every means to edu
cate himself. Two years ago he
purchased the Renville (Minn.) Star
and the Farmer and consolidated
them, and has made a grand success
in the newspaper business. He has
always taken an active part In poll
tics, making stuiap speeches every
Gov. McKinley arrived from Otta
wa, Kan., to-day. He was mot at
the union depot by the Tippecanoe
club and the Foraker club, headed by
tho famous Iowa State band. He was
driven directly to the Hollenden, the
headquarters of the National Repub
lican league, where he held a recep
tion. Many of the delegates to the
convention called uion him, and the
stream of people passing the governor
In the parlors lasted fully an hour.
An effort was made to induce him to
speak, but lie was tired after his Ion
journey, and declined. Later he was
driven to the residence of Hon. M. A.
Hanna, whose guest he will be while
In Cleveland.
Fliteen Years for Xut4*
The following names were then an
nounced for tlie ballot John F.
Byrnes of Colorado. W. G. Eden of
Illinois, T. E. "Walker of Nebraska,
M. ,T. Dowling of Minnesota. ,«'
l)o«llng IN Elected.
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Atchison, Kan., June 2J. James
Nutt, who killed James Dake of
Uniontown, Pa., on trial for the kill
tag of his father, State Treasurer
Nutt, was to-day sentenced to the '$4
penitentiary for fifteen years for
shooting Mi's. Jesse Payton and Leon
ard Coleman in this county Feb. 4 $0
last. fflMr
S a a a
Duluth, Minn., June 21.—The state
medical society opened its annual ses
sion here this morning. Only seventy
five members have so far arrived, al
though 200 will be here by to-night.
The session was devoted wholly to
business, the treasurer making a good
showing for the year. Receipts were
over $1,000 and the balance over $300.
To IiOeate the Examiner*
Chamberlain, S. I)., June 21.—Wash
ington dispatches state that Dr. P.
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Wood has been appointed a pension
examiner in tins city. The pension
bureau will have to send out an agent
to locate Wood, as ho disappeared
from.this vicinity some weeks ago.
Strike lieartor Dead.
Chicago, June '^1.—.Tames Callerton,
one of tlie leaders in the railway
strike of 1877, and the founder of the
Switchmen's Mutual Aid association,
died this morning at the Mercy hospi
tal after several months' Illness.

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