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Chosen by the Convention on
the Fifth Ballot
The New York Delegates Take No
Tart in the Proceedings.
Nominee for Vice-President to k Balloted
Upon This Morning.
CHICAGO, July 10.—William J. Bryan
of Nebraska was selected to-day as the
standard bearer of the Democratic party
in the campaign for the Presidency of
the United States. Yesterday when the
handsome Nebraskan mounted the ros
trum in the convention hall to close the
debate on the party platform he was
considered the merest possibility in the
race for the honor to be conferred. Half
an hour later, when he concluded his
great effort, he became a seeming prob
ability. With the hours his chances
grew, and when the convention resumed
business this morning he had been es
tablished as Richard P. Bland's most
formidable competitor. As the ballot
ing progressed his popularity among the
delegates became more and more appar
ent, and his strength in votes went by
leaps and bounds until the culmination
came in the capture of Illinois and Ohio
and the withdrawal ot Bland, with the
consequent transfer of Missouri to the
Bryan column.
There were no glaring transparencies,
nc life-sized lithographs, no special
bands of music, to attract to the elo
quent young lawyer and newspaper
man. The modest banner of the William
J. Bryan Club, a Nebraska organization,
was the only conspicuous emblem of the
Bryan cause. During the night a stand
ard had been prepared bearing the con
cluding words of Bryan's speech of yes
terday, "No crown of thorns, no cross of
gold," and this alone was the most sug
gestive outward indication that the Ne
biaskan was in the race to stay.
But it needed no artificial means such
as these to keep the name of Bryan to
the fore. His striking presence, his
earnest bearing, his wonderful melodi
ousness) of voice, as exhibited in his
speech, had not faded from the minds of
delegates and spectators, and every
mention of his name brought forth
hearty cheers that told the story of the
firm hold he had upon those who could
make or unmake him in his Presidential
aspirations and upon the thousands of
The battle of the ballots was fought
with a doggedness that showed a firm
determination on the part of those
pledged to particular candidates to be
consistent in the desire of their hearts,
but the standard of Bryan was pressed
nearer and nearer to the point of van
tage. At first he gained slowly, then
a great leap would be made as solne del
egation of formidable numbers would
throw in its lot with his cohorts. The
fourth ballot was reached, and the re
sult was still uncertain, but at its end
Bryan was all but within the goal. Dele
gates and audiences became excited
■when it became apparent that the Ne
braskan had gathered many recruits
from the Bland forces, and cheer after
cheer went up from the floor and gal
lery. A rumor went round the vast hall
that Illinois, consistent as Missouri
to the lifelong champion of free silver,
was wavering, and when Governor Alt
geld and his associates withdrew for
consultation the excitement grew to
fever heat. Change followed change in
the ballots cast in the various States,
and all went to the man from tbe Platte,
and when Illinois, Ohio and finally Mis
souri threw their strength to his sup
port, the race had been won, and Will
lam J. Bryan stood forth in triumph as
the leader of his party.
Exhausted by cheering- the name of
the Nebraskan, the vast congregation
in the convention was slow to avail it
self of the opportunity for displaying the
full extent of its vigor, but it gradually
rose to the demands of the occasion,
and turned loose a volume of sound that
made the iron roof tremble In unison.
Every man and woman in the hall was
standing as the Bryan supporters on
the oor grasped the guidons indicat
ing the positions of the various States
and marched In triumph through the
aisles bounding the square spaces re
served for delegates, and as the guid
ons of other States Joined the pro
cession the cheering became madly in
tense. Bland banners. Boies banners
and embh-ms of other candidates fell
into line, and the culminating point in
the enthusiasm was reached when the
Uland band, headed by the numerous
transparencies bearing the Missouri
man's name, took step with the rest and
bent their endeavors to "Dixie's" quick
When it was all over people fell back
in their ( hairs weak and exhausted, and
listened quietly to the formalities which
concluded the session.
To-night a session was held for the
purpose of selecting the candidate tor
Vice-President, but without proceeding
to a ballot an adjournment was forced
upon them until 10 o'clock to-morrow
W. J. Bryan Nominated for President
on the Fifth Ballot.
July 10.—The fourth day's session of the
Democratic National Convention opened
in torrid heat, unternpered by any of the
cooling breezes which had hitherto fa
vored the gathering. The gallery occu
pants were on hand promptly and in
lull force, quite prepared to take charge
of the proceedings, as they did repeated
ly yesterday.
There was not a dozen New York del
egates in their seats when the proceed
ings opened. Mr. Whitney was there,
but Hill was conspicuously absent until
the complimentary votes.
At five minutes before 11 o'clock Sen
ator White of California, the permanent
Chairman, took the chair and made an
effort to establish a degree of quiet and
order in the hall. After five minutes de
voted to that purpose, with very little
success, prayer was offered by Rev. Dr.
Green of Grace Episcopal Church of
Cedar Rapids, lowa, the same clergy
man who officiated the last two days.
The Chair then recognized Mr. Har
rity of Pennsylvania, who, standing in
the main aisle, was greeted with cheers.
He said: 'I dcs/ire to say that in obedi
ence to the instructions given by the
Democratic State Convention, the Penn
sylvania delegation presents the name
of Robert E. Pattison of Pennsylvania
as a candidate for the Presidency."
The Chadr asked if there were any
other name>s.
Dr. Mattingly of the District of Co
lumbia, from his place in the floor of
the hall, seconded the name of that
peerless champion of silver, that true
Democrat and friend of labor, John R.
McLean of Ohio.
Mr. Miller of Oregon named Sylvester
Pennoyer. The Chair then declared the
nominations closed, and first invoking
order, directed the Secretary to call the
roll of States.
But before this was commenced Mr.
Smith of Ohio informed the convention
of the sudden demise of the Hon. Frank
Hurd. The Chair asked if any action
was desired, and Mr. Smith said not at
this time.
The call of the roll then commenced.
When the first State was called Chair
man Lomax of Alabama rose to say
that John B. Knox, H. B. Foster, S. J.
Carpenter, J. H Minge and D R. Bur
gess desired to vote for ex-Governor
William E. Russell of Massachusetts,
but under the unit rule he cast the 22
votes of Alabama for Horace Boies.
Several of the Chairmen of the dele
gations injected little stump speeches
into their announcements of the votes
of the delegation. Harden* the "water
fiend" of Louisiana, stood up, and hold
ing a silver dollar in his hand said
somethi?ig which was drowned in the
laughter and cheers.
When Massachusetts was called a
delegate announced that the Chairman
ai d Vice-Chairman were absent, and
Mr. O'Sullivan of the delegation said
that these gold men were purposely ab
senting themselves.
The Chair took this occasion to ask
delegates to restrain from making
speeches, and to confine their announce
ments to a statement of the votes.
Michigan's delegation was polled, and
several of the delegates when their
names were called responded in loud
tones: "I decline to vote." Others sim
-1 ly said: "Not voting."
Minnesota brought Adlai Stevenson's
Biiiine before the convention, but not a
solitary cheered greeted it.
New Jersey being reached, the Chair
man of the delegation rose and said
New Jersey respectfully declined to
vote, whereupon the galleries broke
into cheers and hisses.
The Chair requested that such demon
strations cease, and a delegate shouted:
' They are all Republicans, and ought
to be put out."
The State of New York adopted the
Same course as New Jersey. On being
called ex-Governor Flower rose and
said: "In view of the platform adopted
by this convention, I am instructed to
say that the delegates have agreed not
to participate in the selection of can
didates for President and Vice-Presi
dent, and therefore they decline to
The Chairman of the North Carolina
delegation repented Flower's words
when that State was called, saying: "In
view of the platform adopted. North
Carolina casts 22 votes for Bryan."
There was some curiosity to hear how
Ohio would vote, and the Chairman of
the delegation manifested a full desire
to gratify it. Standing on his chair, he
began a speech stating the individual
preference of each delegate, mention
ing him by name, but the Chairman cut
this performance abort by asking him
to simply give the totals. The Ohloan
then stated that forty-one delegates
were Co* McLean, one for Bryan, one
not voting, one Bland, but under the
unit rule Ohio cast its vote for the man
who made this convention possible—
John R. McLean.
The purpose of Ohio, to get the in
dividual votes of its delegation on rec
ord, was not to be thus balked, and a
delegate challenged the vote, and a
poll was had. McLean's name being
reached, it was stated that he was ab
sent, but his alternate was here. The
Bi U mate's name being called, he voted
for McLean.
South Carolina caused a surprise"
v.! n the Chairman announced that,
under instructions of her State Conven
tion South Carolina cast 17 votes for
ber "H m *ed son," Benjamin R. Till
man, one not voting. (Hisses and
Powers of Ftah asked the Chairman
wh< ther the spectators in the galleries
should be permitted to express their
approval or disapproval of the course
Of the delegates.
"A very pertinent question." the
Chairman admitted, and then he added:
"Proceed with the roll-call."
The vote of the State of Tennessee
was challenged, and the Chairman
asked the delegate who demanded a
poll whether he meant to deny the ac
curacy of the statement made by the
Chairman of the delegation (Senator
Bate). The delegate said he did. The
d* legation being polled, the announce
ment at Senator Bate as to the prefer
eni es of the delegates was fully sus
tained, and the presiding officer re
quested gentlemen preferring such
charges to bind themselves more accu
rately in the future. (Applaseu.)
When the State of Wisconsin was
called a contention arose among the
delegates, some of the silver men claim
g that the unit rule did not govern
their action, and the gold men (espec
ially General Bragg) insisting that it
dad, and instructions were printed on the
commissions of the delegates. A copy
of these instructions was sent to the
Chair, and was read by one of the Sec
retaries. It declares the delegates from
"Wisconsin to vote as a unit on all sub
jects and candidates as the majority
may determine.
General Bragg, in the course of a
somewhat angry altercation with a dele
gate opposed to his views, declared that
the silver delegation from Virginia
should not determine the course of the
Democracy of Wisconsin.
The Chairman instructed the Secre
tary to call the names of the Wisconsin
delegates, and in response to this call
General Bragg, Senator Vilas and eigh
teen others declined to vote, while four
others voted.
E. J. Dockery, one of the silver dele
gates from Wisconsin mounted the
stand and argued that the instructions
as read did not authorize delegates to
refrain from voting, or authorize a ma
jority of them to prevent a minority
from voting.
General Bragg got on the chair of one
of the Texas delegates to make a
speech, but was rather rudely repulsed,
whereupon Governor Hogg of Texas
courteously offered 'him a chair, which
General Bragg courteously took. He
argued that the instructions required
the vote of Wisconsin to be cast as a
unit. There had been but four votes
cast now by delegates—contrary to the
will of the majority, and those four
votes, he argued, could not bind the
twenty non-voters nor disgrace the
State of Wisconsin while the convention
stood under the platform adopted by it.
(Derisive cheers from the silver men of
the convention.)
The Chair ruled on the point nf order
raised by this discussion. He first read
again the instructions of the Wisconsin
delegation, and said: "The Chair rules
that these are not instructions to ab
stain from voting. (Cheers.) The Chair
further rules that when the roll is called
gentlemen absent shall be recorded as
absent, and that if a majority of the del
egates vote their votes shall be indi
vidually recorded, but a minority cannot
cast the entire vote of the delegation."
This ruling was received with ap
The vote of Wisconsin was then an
nounced: Declining to vote 19, Bland
4, Blackburn 1.
The State of Colorado, which had been
passed by consent, was called, and
brought Senator Teller's name before
the ciinvention. It was received by faint
hisses and slight applause.
Massachusetts, which had also been
passed, brought in Hill's name by cast
ing one vote for him.
The Chair announced the result of the
first ballot as follows:
Alabama —Boies 22.
Arkansas —Bland 10.
California —Boies 2, Matthews 2,
Bryan 4, Blackburn 1), Campbell 1. '
Colorado—Teller 8.
Connecticut—Russell 2. not voting 10.
Delaware—Bryan 1, Pattison .'1
Florida—Bland 2, Boies 1, Matthews
2, Bryan 1, Blackburn 1, Pattison 1.
Georgia—Bryan 26.
Idaho—Bland 6.
Illinois, Bland, 48.
Indiana—Matthews 30.
lowa—Boies 26.
Kansas-Lla h4 20.
Kentucky—Blackburn 20.
Louisiana —Bryan 10.
Maine —Bland 2, Bryan 2, Pattison 5,
not voting .*>.
Maryland—Bryan 4, Pattison 11, not
voting 1.
Massachusetts—Bland 2, Bryan 1,
Pattison '.'>, Hill 1, Stevenson 5, not vot
ing 18.
Michigan—Bland 4, Boies 5, Bryan 9.
not voting 10.
Minnesota—Boies 4, Bryan 2, Black
burn 2, Stevenson 2, not voting 8.
Mississippi—Boies 18.
Missouri —Bland 34.
Montana —Bland 4, Blackburn 2.
Nebraska—Bryan 10.
Nevada—Matthews ~, McLean 3.
N-w Hampshire—Pattison 1, not vot
ing 7.
New Jersey—Not voting 20.
New York—Not voting 72.
North Carolina—Bryan 22.
North Dakota—Boies 0.
(>hio—McLean 40.
Oregon—Pennoyer 8.
Pennsylvania—Pattisoh 04.
Rhode Island—Pattison 6, not vot
ing 2.
South Carolina—Tillman 17, not vot
ing L
South Dakota—Bryan 0, not voting L
Tennessee—Bland 24.
Texas—Bland 30.
Utah—Bland 6.
Vermont—Bryan 4, not voting 4.
Virginia—Blackburn 24.
Washington—Bland 7, Bryan 1.
West Virginia—Blackburn 12.
Wisconsin—Bryan 4, Blackburn 1,
not voting 1!*.
Wyoming—Blackbur.i 0.
Alaska—Bland 0.
Arizona —Bland 0.
District of Columbia—Boies 1 Mc-
Lean 5.
New Mexico—Bland 0.
Oklahoma—Bland 0.
Indian Territory—Bland 0.
•Totals—Bland 235, Boles 85, Matthews
"7. McLean ".4. Bryan 11!», Blackburn
83, Pattison 95, Pennoyer 8. Teller 8,
Hill 1, Russell 2. Campbell 1. Steven
son 7, Tillman 17, not voting 178.
The second ballot was begun at 12:35.
As soon as it was started Senator White
vacated the Chair, placing the gavel in
the hands of Mr. Richardson of Tennes-
South Carolina swung over from Tili
ng a to Bryan, whose gains had begun
early in the balloting.
The District of Columbia manifested
its capacity for lightning changes by
scattering its votes as follows: Three for
Bryan, one for Bland, one for Boies and
one for McLean.
Before the vote was announced, and
while it was being footed up, California
a?mounccd a change of her vote as fol
lows: Bryan 14. Bland 2, Matthews 1,
Boies 1, a gain of seven for Bryan. The
result of the second ballot Was an
nounced at 1:18 p. m., as follows:
Alabama—Bland 22.
Arkansas—Bland 10.
California—Bland 4, Boles 5. Bryan 7.
not voting 2.
Colorado—Teller S.
Connecticut—Pattison 2. not voting 10.
Delaware—Bryan 1, Pattison 3, not
voting 2.
Florida-Bland 1. Boles 1, Matthews
2. Bryan 2. Pattison 1, Stevenson 1.
Georgia—Bryan 20.
Idaho —Bland 0.
Illinois—Bland 48..
Indiana—Matthews 30.
lowa —Boies 20.
Kansas—Bland 20.
Kentucky—Blackburn 26.
I Louisiana—Bryan IU. i
Maine—Bland 2, Bryan 2, Pattison 5,
not voting 3.
Maryland—Bryan 4, Pattison 11, not
voting 1.
Massachusetts—Bland 2. Matthews 1,
Bryan 1, Pattison 3, Stevenson 5, Hill 1,
not voting 17.
Minnesota—Boies 2, Bryan 4, Black
burn 2, Pattison 1, Stevenson 4, not
voting 5.
Mississippi—Bryan 18.
Missouri—Bland 34.
Montana—Bland 0.
Michigan—Bryan 28.
Nebraska—Bryan lb.
Nevada—McLean 0.
New Hampshire—Pattison 1, not vot
ing 7.
New Jersey—Pattison 2, not voting 18.
New York—Not voting 72.
North Carolina—Bryan 12.
North Dakota—Boies 0.
Ohio—McLean 40.
Oregon—Pennoyer 8.
Pennsylvania—Pattison 04.
Rhode Island —Pattison 0, not voting
South Carolina—Bryan IS.
South Dakota—Bryan 7, Pattison 1.
Tennessee—Bland 24.
Texas—Bland 30.
Utah—Bland 0.
Vermont —Bryan 4, not voting 4.
Virginia—Bland 24
Washington—Bland 7, Bryan 1
West Virginia—Blackburn 12.
Wisconsin—Bryan 4, not voting 10.
Wyoming—Bryan 0.
Alaska—Bland 0.
Arizona —Bland 0.
District of Columbia—Bland 1, Boies
1, McLean 1, Bryan 3.
New Mexico —Bland 0.
Oklahoma—Bland 0.
Indian Territory—Bland G.
Totals—Bland 283, Boies 41, Matthews
33, McLean 53, Bryan 100, Blackburn
41, Pattison 100, Pennoyer S, Stevenson
10, Hill 1, Teller 8, not voting 102.
Mr. Marsden of Louisiana, the hero
of the water scene the first day of the
convention, raised another small scene.
He rose to address the Chair, and sev
eral glasses of water were tendered him,
some of which he drank and one he
threw away. He afterwards mounted
the platform and amid considerable
confusion said: "I move that it is the
sense of this convention that a majority
should rule, and that the precedent es
tablished by Democratic Conventions
heretofore under the two-thirds rule is
a cowardly subterfuge." (Hisses and up
The presiding officer remarked that
while he did not think the gentleman
had made any motion he would so con
sider it, and announce that the gentle
man from Louisiana moved that the
two-thirds rule be abrogated.
Senator Blanchard said he was au
thorized by the Louisiana delegation to
say that the motion of the delegate
(Marsden) was not made at the sugges
tion of the delegation, and he moved to
lay that motion on the table.
At the same time a point of order was
made that the motion to abrogate the
two-thirds rule must be first considered
by the Committee on Rules, and the
point of order was sustained by the
Thereupon Marsden, smiling but con
fident, retired from the platform, say
ing to the Chairman as he left the stand,
"You will hear from me later."
The third ballot was thtm begun at
1:..0 p. m.
New York on the third ballot, as on
the second, remained mute when the
name of that State was called, and the
clerk repeated the call in his loudest
tone, but without result. The result of
the third ballot was announced at 1:50
p. m., as follows:
Alabama—Bland 22.
Arkansas —Bland 10.
California—Bland 2, Boies 1, Mat
thews 1, Bryan 13, Blackburn 1.
Colorado—Bryan 8.
Connecticut —Pattison 2, not voting
Delaware—Bryan 1, Pattison 3,
Blackburn 3, not voting 2.
Florida —Matthews 3, Bryan 5.
Georgia—Bryan 20.
Ida ho— Bland 0.
Illinois—Bland 48.
Indiana —Matthews 30.
lowa —Boies 26.
Kansas —Bland 20.
Kentucky—Blackburn 26.
Louisiana —Bryan 16.
Maine —Bland 2, Bryan 2, Pattison
5, not voting 3.
Maryland—Bryan 5, Pattison 10, not
voting 1.
Massachusetts —Bland 2, Bryan 1,
Pattison 3, Stevenson 5, Hill 1, not vot
ing 18.
Michigan—Bryan 28.
Minnesota—Bland 1, Bryan 2, Stev
enson 2. not voting 0.
Mississippi—Bryan 18.
Missouri —Bland 34.
Montana —Bland 0.
Nebraska —Bryan 10. ™
Nevada —McLean 0.
New Hampshire—Pattison 1, not vot
ing 7.
New Jersey—Pattison 2. not voting 18.
New York—Not voting 72.
North Carolina —Bryan 22.
North Dakota —Boies G.
Ohio —Bryan 40.
Oregon—Bland 2, McLean 1, Bryan
Pennsylvania—Pattison 04.
Rhode Island —Pattison 0, not voting
South Carolina—Bryan 18.
South Dakota —Bryan 7, Pattison 1.
Tennessee —Bland 24.
Texas—Bland 30.
Utah—Bland 0.
Vermont —Bryan 4, not voting 4.
Virginia—Bland 24.
Washington—Bland 7, Bryan 1.
West Virginia—Bland 7, Boies 2,
Bryan 1, Stevenson 2.
Wisconsin —Bland 2, Bryan 3, not vot
ing 10.
Wyoming—Bryan 6.
Alaska —Bryan G.
Arizona —Bland 0.
District of Columbia—Boies 1, McLean
i, Bryan 4.
New Mexico —Bland 6.
Oklahoma —Bland 0.
Indian Territory—Bland G.
Total—Bland 391, Boies 30. Matthews
?4, McLean 54, Bryan 210. Blackburn
27, Pattison 97, Stevenson 9, Hill 1, not
voting 102.
A fourth roll-call was immediately
ordered, and Senator White resumed
the chair.
The result of the fourth ballot had
only been partially announced when it
was interrupted by another intensely
dramatic scene. When Bryan's gain
from 219 to 280, heading Bland and all
the other candidates, was announced,
by a prearranged plan Bryan banners
were raised on the standards of sev
eral States, and much shouting was
indulged in with a view to stampeding
the convention to his support. Nevada,
a McLean State; Kansas, a Bland
(Continued on Eighth Page.)
Bryan Receives the News Without Any
Apparent Show of Feeling.
Says if Elected He Will Not Accept a
Great Rejoicing at Lincoln, Nebraska,
the Home of Bryan, When the
News of the Nomination Was Re
ceived—General Satisfaction in the
Silver States Over the Work of the
CHICAGO, July 10.—William Jen
nings Bryan, the nominee of to-day's
convention, heard the news at his rooms
in the Clifton House and received it
without any apparent show of feeling.
His wife was not present to greet him,
for she witnessed the extraordinary
demonstration in the hall that stam
peded the convention to the side of her
husband. Together with a few friends
Mr. Bryan received bull-tins of every
movement made on the programme at
the Coliseum.
A party of newspaper men were the
first to congratulate him after the re
ception of the bulletin announcing his
nomination. As the men gathered about
him to shake hands Mr. Bryan reached
for a piece of paper and wrote the fol
lowing, which he said was intended for
the American people:
"In order that I may have no ambi
tion but to discharge faithfully the
duties of the office, I desire to announce
that if elected I shall under no circum
stances be a candidate for re-election."
"This is not a sudden resolution on my
part," said Mr. Bryan. "I have had it
in my mind ever since my nomination
has been considered by my friends as a
possibility. I believe it Is a good prin
ciple for me to follow, and I shall live
up to it. The Presidency is the highest
honor that can be bestowed upon any
human being by his country, and the
power placed in the hands of the Presi
dent of the United States is so great
that there should be no temptation
thrown in his way to cause him to use it
for his personal advancement. Mr.
Cleveland in 'his letter of acceptance set
forth the objections to a second term in
language so forcible that it cannot be
surpassed. President Hayes advocated
an amendment to the Constitution mak
ing the Chief Executive of the United
States ineligible for re-election, and a
similar amendment was advocated by
President Andrew Jackson.
"1 desire to express my deep appre
ciation of the kindness shown to me by
other candidates. My nomination ' iue
to the peculiar circumstances which
surround this campaign, and not to any
superior merit In fact, had the con
vention considered who was most de
serving, the lot would have fallen upon
another. Iso highly appreciate the re
sponsibility imposed by this nomination
that I have avoided making any prom
ises or pledges to any person."
After indicating this declaration Mr.
Bryan accepted the congratulations that
were tendered, and in a few moments it
was apparent that the room would not
accommodate those who were trying to
get in. In response to appeals, Mr.
Bryan took a position In the lobby, and
for almost an hour shook hands with the
crowds as they passed in line.
Mr. Bryan was forced to say a few
words. He declared that he felt highly
honored by the convention, but asserted
that no words of his could add to the
work of the convention. The conven
tion, however, was but the beginning,
and whether its action was wise or not
could only be determined in November
next. It was not for him to say whether
the convention had acted wisely, but it
was his duty and all those who agreed
with him to back up the convention and
the platform, and make the election
sure. Mr. Bryan closed his short but
felicitous speech with the injunction to
those present who believed in the Demo
cratic party to make it their business to
see that its success was assured this
During the course of the evening Mr.
Bryan was visited by several hundred
people, prominent among whom were
many of the delegates of the convention.
Visiting clubs also called at the hotel
and clamored for a speech from their
rew candidate. Mr. Bryan was com
pelled to make three short addresses
during the evening. One of them was
to the Bland Club of Kansas City. In
his speech Mr. Bryan complimented Mr.
Bland as the pioneer in the fight for free
silver, and stated that it was his gener
osity in withdrawing that enabled him
to become the nominee of the conven
Mrs. Bryan held an impromptu re
ception in the parlors during the even
ing, quite a number of ladies of Chi
cago paying their respects to her.
It is the present programme of Mr.
Bryan to leave the city to-morrow, ac
companied by his wife, and go to Sa
lem. 111., his old home, where he will
probably spend a week, at the expira
tion of which he will go to Lincoln,
Neb., where he will receive the formal
notice of his nomination.
William Jennings Bryan was born in
Salem, Marion County, 111.. March 10.
I860; attended public school until 15
years of age, spending his vacations on
the farm. In the fall of J875 he en
tered Whipple Academy at Jacksonville,
111.; entered Illinois College, Jackson
ville, in 1877; completed a classical
course and was graduated with the
highest honors in 1881; attended Union
College of Law, Chicago. 111., for two
years, during which time he was con
nected with the office of ex-Senator Ly
man Trumbull; began the practice of
his profession at Jacksonville; removed i
to Lincoln, Neb., October 1, 1887, and
became a member of the firm of Talbot
& Bryan; never held an elective office
prior to his election to Congress; was
elected to the Fifty-second Congress as
a Democrat, receiving 32,376 votes,
against 25,663 votes for William J. Con
r.f 11, Republican. 13,066 votes for Allen
Root, Independent, 1.070 votes for E. H.
Chapin, Prohibitionist, and 8 votes scat
tering; was re-elected to the
Congress as a Democrat, receiving 13,
--784 votes, against 13.044 votes for Allen
W. Field, Republican, 803 votes for R.
W. Maxwell. Prohibitionist, and 2,409
votes for Jerome Shamp, Populist.
Mr. Bryan is about the medium in,
bight. His face is cleanly shaven, and
in appearance he resembles the great
Pennsylvania commoner, Samuel J.
Randall, who at Mr. Bryan's a ;e might
readily have passed for the latter's twin
brother. He is a strict churchman, is
earnest and enthusiastic in whatever
cause enlists his sympathies, and it is
not doubted that his personality will
largely Influence the approaching cam
Received by the Nominee From All
Parts of the Country.
CHICAGO. July 10.—Within a few
minutes after the nomination was an
nounced telegrams of congratulation
began to pour into the hotel. They were
from all parts of the country. Among
them were several from Republican and
Populist leaders, and especially in the
I Western States, all pledging support for
Mr. Bryan in the coining campaign.
J Among the telegrams were the follow -
SYDNEY (Neb.), July 10.—May the
Lord, with the assistance of the Demo
i ciats and Populists, install you in the
White House next March.
Hubert s. oberfelder.
OMAHA (Neb ), July 10.—Al] Nebras
; kans feel pardonable pride in your nom
ination, and recognize the fitness of
your selection as the ablest advocate
of the views dominating the convention
and embodied in the platform.
LEBANON (Mo.), July 10.—Congrat
ulations. Will support you with all my
heart. R. P. BLAND.
LINCOLN (Neb). July 10.—All Lin
coln rejoices. Whistles blow ing and bells
ringing and bonfires burning in pride of
your genius which arises with the man
tle of Jefferson in a play of oratory
unsurpassed in all the ages and moves
toward the chair once occupied by him
for whom this city was named.
ROCHESTER (N. V.), July 10.— Con
gratulations. National salute being fired
here in honor of your nomination by tha
Democratic Convention of Marion Coun
ty. You will carry New York State.
People are with you. B. S. BEAL.
SAN FRANCISCO, July 10.—The Iro
quois State League pledge California to
you by 20,<MM) majority.
ICHARL ES L. WEL LL IGrand Sac hem.
DURANGO (Col.), July 10.—William
:J. Bryan, next President of the United
j States. We all send congratulations and
[ promise the support of the great South
| west. No such rejoicing ever heard of
ia this section.
H. GARB AN ATI, Chairman Populist
JOSEPH PRUETT, Chairman Demo
cratic Convention.
W. A. REED, Chairman Silver Conven
W. J. MILLER, Chairman Republican
DENVER, July 10.—Colorado women
will cast their votes for you. Heartiest
PORTLAND (Or.), July 10—Congrat
ulations, The young giant of the West
will lead the reform forces of the Union
tp victory. The story of David and Go
liah will be repeated.
Waterloo (Ia), July 10.—Accept low a's
m*ost hearty congratulations. She will
be with you in November.
Chicago, July 10.—You and the people
of our country have my congratulations.
My services at your command, and as
>our cause is just and right, the Master
will give us victory. Your friend.
Washington, July 10. —I am directed
by Senator Call to say that you are the
unanimous choice of the Democracy of
Florida. J. E. ALEXANDER.
Indianapolis, July 10.—Accept con
gratulations. Indiana Democrats will
do their best towards your success.
Great Rejoicing at Lincoln, Nebraska,
the Home of Bryan.
LINCOLN (Neb.). July 10.—The en
thusiasm at Chicago and in the Demo
cratic convention hall itself could not
have been much greater over the nomi
nation of Bryan than here at his home.
The result was in a measure anticipated
since yesterday, when his speech clos
ing the debate on the adoption of the
platform and the demonstration which
stampeded the convention had launched
him firmly as a possibility. As the tern- .
j jump I
■ j At the conclusion that we haven't a splendid II
* line of Hammocks because we haven't men- J
Itioned them lately. $1, $1 50, $2, $2 50, $3, ( 1
$3 50, $4—different proportions of comfort, |
style and durability make the difference in /!
price. '
IJobp Breuger |
604-606-608 X ST.. SACRATi^PrrO^^^J
WHOLE NO. 17,004.
per of the delegate?; was not well under
stood at this distance, there was enough!
of the element of doubt to keep hia
friends and supporters on the tip-tue
of expectancy from the time the con
vention met until tho result of the fate
ful fifth ballot was :•• , Lv« i from the
Then bedlam broke loose. At Demo
cratic headquarters on El venth street,
it. the heart of the business district,
where a crowd running Into the thou
sands had gathered and remained since
the first bulletins began : i arrive, the
effect was magical. "Bryan is nomi
nated." came the word, qu . kly followed)
the announcement, "By acclama
The cheers that followed were deafen
ing. They swept across the big room,
out into the open, dashed th< mselvea
against the brick walls across the street
and rolled Kick in echoing reverbera
tions. The whole city seemed to catch
the contagion. Republicans shouted as
lustily as Democrats, and PopuhStS vied
with their Prohibition t r illion in at
tempting to outdo the others in mak
ing noise. Every whistle was set
screamine,, lulls were rung and the
bands played.
Fifteen minutes after the result was
officially announced a parade wan
I formed and the jubilation began in
earnest. A big cannon wis unearthed
somewhere and oarri. 1 bodily into the
public, square to be utilized in adding to
the din. No attempt was made at
speech-making, that 1" Ing reserved for
a later date.
! Wbea the first burst of enthusiasm
had in a measure subsided, prepara
tions were begun for a more elaborate)
j demonstration on the return of the Ne
braska delegation, accompanied, it wan"
hoped, by Mr. Bryan himself. The
I pent-up feeling of the people, however,
was not allowed to wane, and throuuh-
I out the evening a.nd far into the night
the sound of marching shouters was
heard. Among all classes of people,
even the more moderate political ene
> mies of Mr. Bryan, tin re w is a feeling?
manifest of mutual congratulatioSb
"It is a great thing for Lincoln, a
marked honor for Nebraska," was tho
universal eommein, and this sentiment?
!s» emed to find an echo everywhere.
1 From all over the State come messages
of eongrautlation to friends of the nom
inee. On the return of the Nebraska,
leader it is proposed to have a Stat."
demonstration in Lincoln which will
oii'tshine anything of a like, nature ever
held within her limits. The first step in
this direction will be taken to-night,
but will of course be subject to the ap
proval of the delgation on its return
from Chicago.
None of Mr. Bryan's Immediate fam
ily are in the city, his wife and tin a
children accompanying him to Chicago,
and the hundreds who were unaware of
this, and who early hasten.! to tbe
modest home at Sixteenth and D streets
to offer congratulations, were obliged to
postpone the pleasant duty until later
OMAHA, July 10.—From the time the
convention opened in Chicago this
morning there were crowds at all tho
bulletin boards. In front of the "World-
Herald" office, of which paper Mr.
Bryan is editor, the street was packed
with a surging mass of humanity, and
bulletins were posted and announced
by m i stationed at different points in
front of the building. As each gain for
Bryan came in it was greeted with
mishty cheers.
I Though not unexpected, when the
first bulletin saying, "Bryan is nom
inated," came the crowd seemed
stunned for a moment, and then went
wild, the demonstration growim: and
continuing for half an hour. Crowds
packed the streets until a late hour,
keeping up the enthusiastic cheering.
Since the evening set in there has been
a continuous celebration all over the
city. Stocks of fireworks left over from,
the Fourth are being used up. principal
comers are illuminated with red fire,
flags are flying and the whole city is be
ing decorated.
In all of this demonstration Republi
cans and Populists are taking an active
part, and declare that they want to take
part and assist in the ovation which will
be tendered Mr. Bryan when he reaches
Omaha. To-night in one of the opera
houses a large meeting was turned into
an impromptu ratification meeting,
every mention of Bryan's name bring
ing forth the pent-up enthusiasm of tha
audience. His welcome home will be- by
far the largest affair of the kind ever
witnessed in the city.
To-night everybody, without respect
to party or anything else, is celebrating
as the fancy strikes him. Several Bryan
yells are heard on the streets, and
everybody is shaking hands and con
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