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.The Eloquent Young Silver Cham r picn Ciiosen Standard. Bearer. - SThe Grand Climax Came on the Fifth Hal lot Nomination Made Unanimous m. Condensed Bi story of His Career Gold Men Will Bolt. "Chicago. July II. At 10:57 yesterday Chalr--rr.an White, who had recovered the use of his voice, stepped to the front of the stage. Run ninsr bis eye for a couple of seconds over the -crowd, he glanced down at the pit and with a blow of the travel called the democratic na--tioial convention to order. With shuffling feet 'the vast audience arose and listened when Rev. Dr. Green, the chaplain, prayed for righteous ness und peace. Chairman White then announced that the 'Convention was still on the call of states for nominations and Mr. Harrity. of Pensylvania, , chairman of the national committee, mounted his chair and placed in nomination ex-Gov. Robert E. Pattison. This evidence that Penn - sylvania would stand by the platform and par ticipate in the nomination drew a cry of de light from the silver men and Pattison 's name got a swinging round of applause from the gal leries. Mr. Mattingly. of the District of Columbia, -seconded the nomination of "that peerless champion of free silver, that firm friend of the farmer and laborer. John R. McLean, of Ohio. Delegate Miller, of Oregon, added to the list of nominations the namo of Sylvester Pen no ver. of Oregon. Thus the names of Bland. Bryan, Boies, Blackburn. Matthews. McLean, Pattison and Fenno.ver wew before the convention. Balloting by states then besran. It remained tor New Jersey to cause the first really sensa- WILLIOl JENNINGS BRYAN, DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE FOR PRESIDENT. tional passage. McDermott, from his chair, -shouted: "The state of New Jersey respect fully declines to vote." Hisses followed while the gold adherents in the galleries attempted to drown the disapproval with their cheers, but were unable to do so. Gov. Flower made this statement when New York was called: In view of the platform adopted by this c on von t ion, and of its actions nd expressions, I am instructed by the New York delegation to say that we will not partic ipate in the selection of a candidate for presi dent or vice president, and therefore decline to vote." The great body of New York's ad herents in the srulleries sent up a storm of ap proval, but other cries were heard of "Put them out. Put them out. A big row occurred when Wisconsin was called. Gen. Bragg announced that he was in structed by the majority of the Wisconsin delegation to cast no vote. One of the silver delegates challenged this, and insisted on a call of the roll of the state. The result was that 19 delegates refused to vote. Senator Money made the point of order that instruc tions to a delegation to vote as a unit could not stifle the will of any who desired to vote. Gen. Bragg climbed on one of the chairs of the Ohio delegation to protest, but the mad dened Buckeyes ordered him down. New York and Vermont offered him a chair in their dele gations. Gen. Bragg made his statement as to the will of the Wisconsin delegation and was -replied to from the platform by Delegate Dockery, oneof the silver men from Wisconsin. He aroused great enthusiasm by declaring that if Wisconsin's will was stifled here it would be heard for silver in November. The Tammany orator, ex-Senator Grady, xnade a fiery protest against a ruling which he contended would practically abrogate the unit rule. The delegates grew still as Senator White, -the chairman, finally ruled that the unit rule instructions did not contemplate the re fusal of delegations to vote. He ruled that all silent votes should be considered absen tees, but that every delegate present Who desired to vote had a right to have his vote registered. This ruling was loudly cheered, as It blazed the way for an ultimate ruling that -the two-thirds required to nominate, within the meaning of the rule, were two-thirds of the votes cast, according to the precedent of IS 16. The name of Henry M. Teller was for the -first time spoken of as a presidential nominee -when, on the call of states passed, Colorado s -eight votes were recorded for the former re publican and were received with mingled cheers and hisses. The cleric consumed sev eral minutes in computing the results of the first ballot, during which the orowd buzzed ex- -citedly. , Senator White's voice had been failing him. And Richardson, of Tennessee, again took the .gavel during this intermission. The result was announced by the reading clerk as fol lows: Bland, S33: Bryan. 105; Boies, 89: Mat tthews, 27: McLean, M; Pattison, Pen n oyer. 10: Blackburn, 83: Campbell, S: Tillman, 17; i JRussell, 2; Stevenson. S; HilL 1: Teller, ft. j The official vote of the second ballot was: j Not voting. 100 Bland. 81: Boies, 37: Mat thews. 34: McLean, 3: Blackburn. 41: Pattison, J00; Bryan. 197; Pennoyer, a: Stevenson, 10; -Hill. 1: Teller, 8. The official vote of the third ballot was: Not -voting. Id: Bland. S91: Boies. 30: Matthews, 34; McLean, M: Bryan. 19: Blackburn, 27; Pattison. 97; Stevenson, 9: Hill, 1. The fourth ballot was as follows: Bland, 241: Holes. S3: Bryan. 80; Matthews, 33; Pattison, -6: Blackburn. t7; McLean, 46; Stevenson, 8; Hill, 1: not voting. 101. When the secretary announced Mr. Bryan's vote the Nebraska delegation mounted their - chairs and set up a yell that drew around them mil the other Bryan states with their respective atandards. As eacn of the standards arranged stself in the bouquet a fresh yell went up from the galleries. After five or six minutes of up roar the procession of standards about the hall began, with Nebraska at the head, and the tail . end was brought up by Kansas. Fourteen : minutes were consumed in this demonstration, which gradually subsided, and the convention - was able to proceed with business At this juncture, considering the fact that a . cumber c. delegates from the gold states did - not vote. Chairman White ruled that a two - thirds vote of the total number east would a nominate a candidate for president and vice . president. The announcement of the chairman was re .Delved with great confusion. Order ha vine - length been restored upon the flocr, the ehalr directed the secretary to call the roll of the states for the fifth ballot. The roll call pro ceed without incident until the state of West Virginia was reached, when that state re Quested to be passed. The 19 votes from Wis consin that had been withheld from the first still declined to vote. The state of Illinois was also passed, as the delegation from Ohio marched, 9 e'1 coramittee room for consulta tion. The roll call having been completed in regular course, the secretary returned to call the names of the states which had been passed. Upon (he second call, the state of West Vir ginia was .still not ready to vote. Illinois, however, npoa the secnd call, cast 48 votes for Bryan, amid the greatest enthusiasm. The Bryan men Were now confident. At this time John R. Ma Lean, of Ohio, mounted his chair. The confusion still being Tery great, he had some difficulty in securing recognition, but finally succeeded. He said: "Ohio withdraws the name of John R. McLean, and casts her 40 votes for William J. Bryan." This announce ment caused great enthusiasm and was de cisive of the result. After Ohio's vote was announced Gov. Stone, of Missouri, read a note from Richard P Bland, in which the latter stated that it the convention could find a man more acceptable than he, he wished his name withdrawn. Gov. Stone then withdrew Bland's name and plumped Missouri's 34 votes into the Bryan column. At the close of Gov. Stone's remarks the convention broke into the wildest excitement. Delegates and those in the galleries alike jumped on their chairs and waved umbrellas and flags. In one end of the hall an enthusi ast waved aloft a shoe on the end of a long stick. A delegate from Iowa. A. Van Wagner, then addressed the chair, saying he was instructed by the Iowa delegation to withdraw the name of Horace Boies and to cast Iowa's 26 votes for Bryan. Gov. Culberson, of Texas "In view of the fact that the friends of Mr. Bland have with- drawn his name from this contest, I am in structed by the majority of the delegates from Texas to cast the votes of that state for Wil liam J. Bryan." After a number of other changes to Bryan had been made, the ohairman put the motion of Senator Turpie, of Indiana, to make the nomination unanimous, and declared the vote carried. The result of the fifth ballot was not an nounced, but the unofficial figures are: Bland, 13: Bryan, 6-24; Pattison, 93: Stevenson, 6; Hill, 1; not voting. 162. When quiet was restored, the chair an nounced a recess would be taken until eight o'clock in the evening. SHORT EVENING SESSION. The Convention Met for 25 Minutes Then Adjourned Till Saturday Morning. Chicago, July 11. The crowds stormed the Coliseum last night in anticipation of another oratorical display such as they listened to Thursday night They were doomed to disap pointment, as the leaders had decided after consultation not to proceed with the nomina tion of vice president. But. all unconscious of their determination, the public pushed on to their place in the galleries. They cheered and shouted while the band played. At 8:55, Chairman White, by dint of much rapping, managed to bring the convention to order. After making a fermal announcement, Gen. Bragg, of Wisconsin, appeared on the 70H2T B. ll'LIAN. stage to make a personal explanation. '-'I rise on a question of state privilege," he began, and reminded the southern members that they knew what that meant. Some gentleman, he com plained, had, last session, during the absence of the delegation for consultation, stolen the state colors and joined in the Bryan parade and he wished to put the ecord right by hav ing it understood 'that we trailed not the Wis con sin badger behind the candidate of the ma. jonty of this convention." Hisses and a few cheers followed this defiant stand and the chairman declared that be woulc entertain no factional questions, and intro duced Got. Stone, of Missouri. The work so far dnne by this convention has been so well done that it will meet the en thusiastic and instant approval of this nation, he began. A very important work was yet vc be done, he continued, and in order that m mistake should be made in the selection of t vice president he moved an adjournment until li o clock to-uay. This was changed to ten and with great confusion on the floor a roll cal was demanded and begun. "When it became apparent the motion woull carry, the thousands of spectators began to scramble out, filling the hall with a might j roar, and the chairman grew red in the fact hammering with his mallet and yelling, "Sit down.""Sit down:" It became impossible t hear responses, and CoL Nat Wall, a gentle man with a tierce mustache and long curl black hair who calls himself the original Flor ida "cracker." and who was calling the roll ix a voice like a steam calliope, announced "Ok lahoma votes aye: District of Columbia votes aye." and so on down the roll. The apeciaton were appeased by the information that theli tickets would be good for the morrow, and mi 9:30 the convention was adjourned BRYAN'S CAREER. A. Short Sketch of the Life of the Demo cratic Nominee for President. Chicago. July 11. Mr. Bryan was born March 19, 18 0. in Salem, 111. At the aire of IS he went to the Whipple academy in Jackson ville, 111., which is the preparatory department of the Illinois college located at the same place. He spent two years in the academy and four years in the college, taking a classical course. He then went to the Union College of Law in Chicago, and while in attendance there he was in the ofil?e of Lyman Trumbull. He left the law school June 18. 1881, and went to Jacksonville to practice law, remain ing at Jacksonville till October, 1S37, when he removed to Lincoln. Neb-, going into partners- ship with A. R. Talbott, a classmate of the law school. He had taken part in political cam paigns since 10 and made a number of speeches. He took part in the campaign of 1S8S in Nebraska and was nominated to repre sent the First district in congress in 1S90L He was re-elected in lSr2t in spite of tha fact that the le ?isl3ture had redistricted the state, and his district in the previous elec tion had given the republican ticket about6,0C4 majority, and was re-ele-Jted by HO votes. In the Fifty-Third congress he helped to frame the Wilson bill, being a member of the ways and means committee, nd took an especially active part in the income tax provisions. At the close of the debate on the income tax in congress, replying to Bourke Cock ran, August It), l?u3, at the special session, he delivered a three hours speech against the repeal of the Sherman law, this speech be ing more largely circulated than the tariff speech had been. He also spoke in favor of the bill to coin the seigniorage, and spoke against Carlisle's currency and also against Cleveland's gold contract with the Koths- hilds. In 1894 he became a candidate for the United States senate and announced that be would not be a candidate for the lower house of con gress. He was nominated for United States senator in the democratic convention and the populist candidate in his district was in dorsed by the democrats for the house of representatives. The ensu ing state legislature being republican, John M. Thurston was sent to the senate, and the republican candidate in his former dis trict, J. B. Strode, was elected by 5,000 major ity. After his retirement from congress he took up the practice of law in Lincoln again. but" the silver campaign opening he found that the calls upon him for speeches were so fre quent that he was forced to give up his law practice. In September, 1894, he became the sdi tor-in-chief of the Omaha World-Herald and had control of its editorial policy on State and national questions. Mr. Bryan is a man of small means. He was married October 1. 1884, to Mary Baird, of Perry, 111 . who attended the female academy Jacksonville when he was in the other school at the same place, and who graduated the same week that he did, and was also the valedictorian of her class. She studied law and was admitted to the bar, without any idea of practicing, but simply to be more thorough ly companionable to him. She is a year or two younger than he. Three children have been born to them. Ruth, ten years old: William J.m Jr., about 8, and Grace, five years old. MAY SUPPORT BRYAN. Populist Leaden Knthuslastic for the Dem ocratic Aomlnpe. Chicago. July 11. The leaders of the na tional silver party and the populist party, who are in Chicago, declare that their or ganizations will indorse the nomination of Bryan at the convention to be held in St. Louis July 22. Alex Delmar. the New York state chairman of the silver party, and a delegate to the St. Louis convention, said; I have con sulted with the principal members of the silver party and all of them are very much delighted with the nomination of Bryan and are strongly Of the opinion that we should indorse him. Senator Jones, of Nevada, said: "This ques tion is above personalities. The people who favor the free coinage of silver do not care much how the name of the candidate of the party is spelled that advocates their principle. I have talked with many populists and inde pendent silver men and they all believe we should indorse Bryan." Ex-Congressman Lafe Pence, of Colorado, who was elected as a populist member, in an swer to the question whether the party would indorse Bryan, said: "We will not indorse him, but we will nominate him. Next to Teller or Sibley, he will have stronger support than anyone else could have attracted from our peo ple. Senator Stewart ana Congressman Newlanns both predict that Bryan will be indorsed by thi St. Louis convention. SENATOR TELLER PRAISES BETAS. PTTKBL.O, Col., July 11. Senator Teller last night gave the following interview to the press. after receiving numerous telegrams from his silver o Ueagues regarding a conference. which will probably be held at Denver: "What do you think of Mr. Bryan's nomina tioo:" 'I consider the nomination an exceptionally strong one. Bryan is an able man, of high character, a strong friend of silver and close to the people. He will make an excellent presi dent." Do you think he can secure the support of the silver men who left the St. Louis conven tion?" The men who left the St. Louis conven tion,' replied Mr. Teller, "will make the silver question paramount to all others. It is not a question of politics with them, but of prin ciple. I am not at liberty to speak for them at this time, as I have received several telegrams concerning a conference to be held within day or two and asking me to withhold any ex pression of their views until after such confer ence. BLAND PLIASKD AT THI RKSTJLT. Lebanon. Mo.. July 11. Within five minutes after the bulletin announcing Bryan's nomina tion at Chicago was posted, Hon. R. P. Bland was receiving the condolences of his many friends with a smile on his face which betoken 3d genuine relief rather than disappointment. in conversation with an Associated press rep resentative he strongly indorsed Bryan, both is a statesman and silver man, and declared his entire satisfaction with the result of the convention's work. He knows nothing as yet concerning the influences that contributed to his defeat, nor does he appear to care. NEBRASKA GOBS WILD. Omaha. Neb.. July II. All Nebraska was ex- sited over Bryan's nomination, and informal selebrations. such as bands playing, horns tooting and crazv democrats yelling in a most anthusiastio manner, is common throughout Nebraska It is most intense in Omaha, though no formal steps have yet been taken toward a proper celebration. It came too much as a surprise. TO CALL. A CONVENTION, Illinois Gold DeoHMsrati So Decide -In a Miwtinf last Nlcht- Chicago, July II. At a meeting of the state executive committee of the gold money de mocracy of Illinois, held at the Richelieu hotel in Chicago last evening;- a resolution was adopted in favor of the calling of a national convention of the democratic party of the United States for the purpose of nominating a democratic candidate for the office of president and vice president upon a democratic platform. To that end the advice and co-operation of the sound money ernocrats of the other states of the union tr invited. It was resolved that the chairman of the sound- money organization of Illinois be di rected to appoint a committee to prepare an address to the democrats of the u nwed States stating the grounds and reason for putting a national democratic ticket in the field. Six delesrates from Texas to the national demo cratic convention, were present and adopted resolution indorsing the action of the Illinois' sound money democrats. The firs state convention of tbe tin ion bimetallic party of Oregon was held at McMinnville on the 10th. A full set of delegates was elected to the national bimetallic convention at Su Ionis Jnly 22. Instructions for Sena tor Teller were voted down. Col. James F. How, formerly vice president and g-eneral manager of the Wabash railroad, died at St. Louis om the 10th. PLATFORM ADOPTED. Full Text of the Declaration of Principles ma Finally Passed. Chicaoo, Jnly 10. The majority re port of the committee on resolutions of the democratic national convention submitted the following? report, which was read by Senator Jones, of Arkan sas, chairman of the committee: The Platform. We. the democrats of the United States, in national convention assembled, do reaffirm our allegiance to those great essential principles of justice and liberty upon which our institu tions are founded, and which the democratic party has maintained from Jefferson's time to our own freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of conscience, the preservation of personal rights, the equality of all citizens before the, law, and the faithful observance of constitutional limitations. The constitution of the United States guar antees to every citizen the right of civil and religious liberty. The democratic party has always been the exponent of political liberty and religious freedom, and it renews its obli gations and reaffirms its devotion to these fun damental principles of the constitution. During all these years the democratic party has resisted the tendency of selfish interests to the centralization of governmental power, and has steadfastly maintained the integ rity of the dual scheme of government estab lished by the founders-of this republic of re publics. Under its guidance and teachings the great principle of local self-government has found Its best expression in the maintenance of the rights of the states and its assertion that it is necessary to confine the general gov ernment to the exercise of the powers granted by the constitution of the United States. Recognizing that the money question is par amount to all others at this time, we invite attention to the fact that the federal constitu tion names silver and gold together as the money metals of the United States, and that the first coinage law passed by congress under the constitution made the silver dollar the unit of value, and admitted gold to free coin- ape at a ratio measured by the silver dollar unit. We declare that the act of 1873, demonetiz ing silver without the knowledge or approval of the American people, has resulted in the appreciation of jold and a corresponding fall in the prices ol commodities produced by the people: a heavy increase in the burden of taxation, and of all debts, public and private: the enrichment of the money lending class at home and abroad: paralysis of industry and impoverishment of the people. We are unalterably opposed to the single gold standard, which has locked fast the pros perity of an industrious people in tbe paraly sis of hard times. Oold monometallism is a British policy, founded upon British greed for gain and power, and its generaf adoption has brought other nations into financial servitude to London. It is not only un-American, but an ti-American, and it can be fastened upon the United States only by the stifling of that indomitable spirit and love of liberty which proclaimed our political independence in 1776 and won it in the war of the revolution. We demand the i immediate restoration of the free and unlimited coinage of gold and silver at the present lgal ratio of sixteen to one. without waiting f?r the aid or consent of any other nation. We demand that the stand ard silver dollar shall Je a full legal tender, equally with gold, for all debts, public and private, aad we favor uch legislation as will prevent the demonetisation of any kind of legal tender money by private contract. We are opposed to tr policy and practice of surrendering to the holders of obligations of the United States the -ption reserved by law to tie government of Redeeming such obliga tions in either silver c" in or gold coin. We are opposed to fbe issuing of interest- bearing bonds of the United States in times of peace, and condemn tbn trafficing with banking syndicates which, in exchange for bonds and at an enormous profit to themselves, supply the federal treasury wit. gold to maintain the policy of gold monomallis:n. Congress alone has -the power to coin and issue money, and President Jackson declared that this power could not be delegated to cor porations or individuals. We therefore de mand that the power t- issue notes be takn from the banks, and that all paper money shall be issued directly by the treasury depart ment. We hold that tariff outies should be levied solely for the purposes of revenue, and that taxation should be limited by the needs of the government, honestly and economically ad ministered. We denounce as disturbing to business the republican threat to restore the McKinley law. which has been twice con demned by the peopl- in national elections, and which, enacted undsr the false plea of pro tection to home industry, proved a prolific breeder of trusts and monopolies, enriched the few at the expense o" the many, restricted trade and deprived the -producers of the great American staples of access to their natural markets. Until the money question is settled, we are opposed to any agitation for further changes in our tariff laws except such as are necessary to make up the deficit in revenue caused by the adverse decision of the supreme court on the income tax. But for this decision by the supreme court there would be no deficit in the revenue under the law passed by a democratic congress in strict pursuance of the uniform decisions of that court for nearly 100 years, that court hav ing in that decision sustained constitutional objections to its enactment which had previ- iously been overruled by the ablest judges who have ever sat on that bench. We declare that it is the duty of congress to use all the consti tutional power which remains after that de cision, or which may come from its reversal by the court as it may hereafter be constituted. so that the burdens of taxation may equally and impartially lead to the end that wealth may bear its due proportion of the expenses of the government. We hold that the efficient way of protecting American labor is to prevent the importation of foreign pauper labor to compete with it in the home market, and that the value of the home market to our American farmers and artisans is greatly reduced by a vicious mone tary system, which depresses the prices of their products below the cost of production, and thus deprives them of the means of satis fying their needs. The absorption of wealth by the few, the consolidation of our leading railway systems and the formation of trusts and pools, require a stricter control by the federal government of those arteries of commerce. We demand the enlargement of the powers of the inter state commerce commission and such restric tions and guarantees in the control of rail roads as will protect the people from robbery and oppression. We denounce the profligate waste of the money wrung from the people by oppressive taxation, and the lavish appropriations of re cent republican congresses, which have kept taxes high, while the laborer that pays them is unemployed and products of the people to it are depressed in price till they no longer repay the cost of production. We demand a return to that simplicity and economy which best befits a democratic government and reduction in tbe number of useless offices, the salaries of which drain the substance of the people. f We denounce arbitrary interference by fed eral authorities in local affairs as a violation of the constitution of the United States and a crime against free 'nstitutions. and we espe cially object to goviment by injunction as a new and highly da&erons form of oppression by which federal judges, in contempt of the laws of the state and the rights of citizens, be come at once legislators, judges and execution ers, and we approve the bill passed at the last session of the United States senate and now pending in the bouse, relative to contempts in federal courts, and providing for trials by jury in certain cases of contempt. No discrimination should be indulged in by the government of the United States in favor of any of its debtors. We approve of the re fusal of tbe Fifty-Third congress to pass the Pacific railroad funding bill, and denounce the effort of the present republican congress to enact a similar measure. Recognizing the just claims of deserving colon soldiers, we heartily indorse the rule of the present commissioner of pensions that no names shall be arbitrarily dropped from the pension toll, and the fact of enlistment and tervice should be deemed conclusive evidence against disease and disability before enlist ment. We favor the admission of the territories of New Mexico and Arizona into the union as states, and we favor the early admission of all the territories having the necessary popula- i tion and resources to entitle them to state- : hood, and while they remain territories we hold that the officials appointed to administer the government of any territory, together with ': the District of Columbia and Alaska, should be bona fide residents of the territory or dis trict in which their duties are to be performed. The democratic party believes in home rule and that all public lands of the United States should be appropriated to the establisnment of free homes for American citizens. We recommend that the territory of Alaska be granted a delegate in congress and that the general land and timber laws of the United States be extended to said territory. The Monroe doctrine as originally declared and as interpreted by succeeding presidents is a permanent part of the foreign policy of the United States and must at all times be main tained. We extend our sympathy to the people of Cuba In their heroic struggle for liberty and independence. We are opposed to life tenure in the publio service. We favor appointments based upon merits, fixed terms of office, and such an ad ministration of the civil service laws as will afford equal opportunities to all citizens of as certained fitness. We declare it to be the unwritten law of this republic, established by custom and usage of 100 years and sanctioned by the examples of the greatest and wisest of those who founded It and have maintained our government that no man shall be eligible for a third term of the presidential office. The federal government should care for and improve the Mississippi river and other water ways of the republic so as to secure for the interior states easy and cheap transporation to tide water. When any waterway of the re public is of sufficient importance to demand aid of the government, such aid should be ex tended upon a definite plan of continuous work until permanent improvement is secured. Confiding in the justice of our cause and the necessity of its success at the polls, we sub mit the foregoing declaration of principles and purposes to the considerate judgment of the American people. We invite the support of all citizens who approve them, and who de sire to have them made effective through legislation for the relief of the people and the restoration of the country s prosperity. The Minority's Protest. The report of tbe minority was read by J. FL Wade, of Ohio, a former reading clerk of the house of representatives, as it was presented by Senator David B. Bill: "To the Democratic National Convention: Sixteen delegates constituting the minority of the committee on resolutions find many decla tions in the report of the majority to which they cannot give their consent. Some of these are wholly unnecessary. Some are ill-considered and ambiguously phrased while others are extreme and revolutionary of the well recognize 3 principles of the party. The minority content themselves with this general expression of their dissent without going into a specific statement of these objectionable features of the report of the majority. But upon the financial question which engages at this time the chief share of public attention, the views of tbe majority differ so fundamentally from what the minor ity regard as vital democratic doctrine as to demand a distinct statement of what they hold to as the only just and true expression of dem ocratic faith upon this paramount issue as fol lows, which is offered as a substitute for tha financial planks in the majority report: 'We declare our belief that the experiment on the part of the United States alone of free coinage and a change of the existing standard of value, independently of the action of other great nations, would not only imperil our finances, but would retard or entirely prevent tho establishment of international bimetal lism, to which the efforts of the government, should be steadily directed It would place ' this country at once upon a silver basis, impair contracts, disturb business, diminish the pur chasing power of the wages of labor and inflict irreparable evils upon our nation's commerce and industry. "Until international co-operation among , leading nations for the free coinage of silver ; can be secured, we favor the rigid maintenance : of the existing gold standard as essential to ; the preservation of our national credit, the re demption of our public pledges and the keep ing inviolate of our country's honor. We in sist that all our paper and silver cur rency shall be kept absolutely at a parity with gold. The democratic party is the party of hard money, and is opposed to legal tender paper money as a part of our per manent financial system, and we therefore favor the gradual retirement and cancellation of all United States and treasury notes, under such legislative provisions as will prevent un due contraction. We demand that the national credit shall be resolutely maintained at all times and under all circumstances. "The minority also feel that the report of the majority is defective in failing to make any recognition of the honesty, economic cour age and fidelity of the present democratic ad ministration and they therefore offer the fol lowing declaration as an amendment to the majority report: "We commend the honesty, economic cour age of the United States and fidelity of the present democratic national administration.' David B. Hill (N. Y. ), William F. Vilas (Wis.), George Gray (DeL). John Prentiss Poe Md.), Irving W. Drew (N. H ), C. O. Hoiman (Me.), P. J. Farrell Vt.), Lynde Harrison (Conn.). David F. Baker (R. I-), Thomas A. C. Weadock (Mich.), James O'Brien (Minn.). John E. Russell (Mass.), Robert E. Wright (Pa.), William R. Steele (S. D.), Alia A. Mc Dermott (N. J.), Charles D. Rodgers (Alaska). Senator Hill also offered the following amendments to the platform and moved their adoption: "But it should be carefully provided by law at the same time that any change in the mone tary standard should not apply to existing con tracts." "Our advocacy of the independent free coin age of silver being based on belief that such coinage will effect and maintain a parity be tween gold and silver at tbe ratio of sixteen to one, we declare as a pledge of our sincerity that if such free coinage shall fail to effect such parity within one year from its enactment by law. such coinage shall thereupon be sus pended. The ballot on the amendments offered by Hill for the minority of the committee was 60 noes, 303 ayes, and one not voting. Then the majority platform was adopted by 628 for to 3 1 against and the convention ad journed till 8 p.m. The Night Session. Chicago, July 10. At the night session of the convention, in the presence of fully S.?,000 people, Hon. William Jennings Bryan, of .Ne braska, was placed In nomination by H. T. Lewis, of Georgia, and seconded by W. C Klutz, of North Carolina: George F. Williams, of Massachusetts, and Thomas J. Kernan. of Louisiana. Although the demonstration was confined largely to the galleries, it looked as if the favorite. Bland, had fallen back into the ruca, hopelessly beaten. Senator Vest placed the Missonrian in nomi nation and David Overmyer, of Kansas, sec onded the nomination. The name of Gov. Claude Matthews, of Indi ana, was presented by Senator Turpie. of Indi ana, and seconded by Delegate Trippett- Fred Whie, of Iowa, placed Boies in nomi nation, and the Waterloo statesman owed a magnificent ovation to the enthusiasm of Miss Winnie Murray, a young woman from Nashua, la., who led the Boies demonstration, as Mrs. Carson Lake did the Blaine demonstration at Minneapolis four years ago. Senator Blackburn, of Kentucky, was placed In nomination by John S. Rhea, a brilliant Kentucky orator, and seconded by Gen. St. Clair, of West Virginia: W. W. Foote. of Cali fornia, and McLean, cf Ohio, by Delegate Pat rick, of the Buckeye ste. The convention adjourned until to-day- Ki-Coiitf ."mill Bard Dead. Toledo. O., July 1l Hon. Frank H. Hard, ex-conpressmao, lawyer and one of the most prominent democrats in Oiiio died yesterday in this city after an illness of five days. TUe immediate cause of death was apoplexy. TICKET COMPLETED. Arthur SewaU, of Maine, ' Nomi nated for Vice President. It VTm Don. the 'Fifth Ballot, Artr M IMS, Blud and Other. Had Witbdrmw Nomine m Ship Builder, Alio In terested In Various Corporation. Chicago. July 13. It was 11 o'clock Satur day morning, when Cnairman w nite called tbe democratic national convention to order. There were only about 4,000 people in the hall. More than half of the gold delegates were ab sent. Contrary to the usual custom, the pro ceedinRS were not opened with prayer. A few routine announcements were made before tha names of the vice presidential candidates were presented. Chairman Harrity, of the national committee, announced the last meeting of tho old national committee and W. Finley. of Ohio, moved tbe ratification of the delegations. dominations for the vice presidency .era then called for. after a motion offered by Sena tor Jones, of Arkansas, had been adopted lim iting the nominating speeches to five minutes each. Delegate Maloney, of Washington, without making a nomination speech, named James Hamilton, of Washington. W. A. Miller, of Oregon, presented the name of ex-Gov. Pennoyer, of Oregon, as one who could secure for the ticket the united vote ot the laboring men. William A. Burke, of California, named th veteran democrat, Arthur Sewall, of Maine, and C. S. Thomas, of Colorado, seconded it. J. T. O'Sullivan. of Massachusetts, nomi nated George Fred Williams, of the same state: Mr. Mars ton. of Louisiana, presented John R. McLean, of Ohio; J. C. Curry ,of North, Carolina, named Judge Walter Clark, of the North Carolina supreme court; Ex-Congressman Tom L. Johnson, of Ohio, nominated ex. Congressman George W. Fithian, of Illinois: Richard P. Bland, of Missouri, was named by Gov. Culberson, of Texas: Joseph C. Sibley, of Pennsylvania, by J. T. Showalter, of Missouri; O. W. Powers, of Utah, named John W. Dan iel, of Virginia, but Mr. Daniel would not be a candidate: ex-Congressman Fithian also with drew his name. The roll call of the states on the vice presi dential nomination was then made and the offi cial announcement of the vote was: Harrity. 21: Teller.!: White. 1; Pattison. 2; Williams ot Massachusetts. 76: McLean, 111; Clarke, BO: Sewall. 100: Sibley. 163; Fithian. 1: Daniel, 11: Bland. 63: Blackburn. 20; Williams of Illinois. 2: Boies, 20: not voting, 258. The second ballot was at once taken and ths official result was: Sibley. 113: SewaU, 37: McLean, 164: Williams, of Massachusets, 16: Bland. i83; Clark. 22: Harrity, 61: Williams, ot Illinois, 13; Patterson, 1: not voting, 253. To tal, S30. After the announcement. Congressman Amos Cummings, of New York, was introduced and) read a telegram, dated Meadville, Pa., as fol lows: "Please do not permit my name to be pre sented. I so instructed my friends yesterday. Joseph Sibley. The third ballot was then taken resulting as follows: Bland, 25: McLean. 210: Sibley, 50: SewaU, 87: Williams, of Massachusetts, 15: Harrity, ID; Clarke, 22; Pattison, 1; Daniel, 6; not voting, 255. Gov. Stone then withdrew Bland's name. The fourth ballot resulted as follows: Mo Lean. S8: SewaU, 261: Harrity, 11; WilUams (Mass.), 9: Clark, 46; Patterson, 1; Daniel. M: sot voting, 2-0. On the fifth ballot Sewall was nominated, Wisconsin's vote doing it. The result of the fifth ballot was as follows: Sewall. 568; McLean, 32; Harrity, 11; Williams. 9: Clark, 22: Pattison, 1; Daniels, 36; absent and not voting, 261. Then on Ohio's motion SewaU's nomlnatioov was made unanimous, and after the usual reso lutions of thanks aU round the convention ad journed sine die. A SHORT ACCOUNT OT TBE NOMINEE. Chicago, July 13. Arthur Sewall, of Maine. democratic nominee for vice president, is a man of strong character and picturesque per sonality. He was born in Bath, Me.. Novem ber 25, 183, and comes from a line of Puritans who trace back their blood to one of England's kings. John SewaU, who founded the family in New England, sailed from Coventry in 16fr and located at Newbury port, Mass. In 1760 the family became possessed of a large tract off land in Maine, where they settled, and it has been the home of the Sewalls ever since. Primarily, Arthur SewaU is a ship-builder His family have been ship-builders for three generations. He built the first steel steamer ever constructed. Two years ago the Roanoke and the Rappahannock, two of the largest frame ships ever launched, were launched from, his yards. To-day Mr. Sewall owns 60 vessels, which sail upon every sea. He is president of both the firms of Arthur SewaU & Co. and the Bath Ship-Building Co. Thus Mr. SewaU's In terests have always been in the direction ot free trade. The Maine man has been both a banker andi an officer and stockholder of railroads. He Is president of the Bath national bank. TJntil s year ago he was president of the Maine Central railroad, and he has extensive holdings in various other railroad companies. He also has an interest In the Bath iron works, of which Gen. Hige is president, and this company has built a large number of iron ships for the gov ernment. Mr. SewaU's hereditary wealth has. by his splendid business ability .been increased until he is reputed to be worth $5,000,000. In politics Mr. Sewell is best known for eight years of service on the national dem ocratic executive committee. He has always been a democrat in tariff ideas, and six years ago he became a convert to the cause of free silver. While as firm as a rock in his convic tions on this issue, he is, like large minds, tolerant of the opinions of others, and is uni formly courteous to those who differ with him. JONES FOR CHAIRMAN. The Arkaniao Elected to Manas the Dean ocratle Campaign Bryan Favors Aggres sion. Chicago, July 13. United States Senator James rC Jones, of Arkansas, was elected chairman of the new na tional democratic committee Saturday night, fie was the personal choice'of Presidential Candidate Bryan and was acceptible to Vice Presidential Candi date SewalL Mr. Jones was not a member of the committee, the member from his state being' Thomas B. McEae. t, : .1 . v liryaD spoke . lor a minutes. He said he was strongly in favor of "carrying the war into the enemy's camp." He thought it would be best to make an aggressive inroad into New York and the New England states. He said that the sug gestion had been made to him that the notification exercises should be held in Madison Square garden and he ap proved the suggestion. Mr. Sewall. followed "with a promise to enter fully into the campaign work and Gov. Stone, of Missouri, and others urged., an early and vigoVous opening of tho campaign. FIFTY THOUSAND DROWNED. Awfnl Resale of the Be cent Monster Ttdstt Wave Off too Coast of Japan. Sas Fbahciboo, July 13. The steans. ship Doric arrived from Yokohama lass night bringing news np to June 2SL Estimates of the loss of life from tho great tidal wave reached as high as 50,000. and this number is believed to be far below the mark. The tidal wave was 80 feet in height and swept inland a distance of 2 miles along 200 miles of coast. ' Thousands of acre of land nnder culti vs .ion . were de vastated, and the inhabitants of thai flooded districts are buffering fromy famine. - ' '