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THAT WAS ALL IT TOOK DEMO CRATS TO SELECT LEADERS . .MIDGE PARKER WAS ALL ALONE IN RACE Democratic Leaders Name Presiden tial Candidate With One Vote Resolutions Unanimously Adopted Only One Little Skirmish A ! . Democratic National Ticket. ; ir For President Judge Alton Brooks Parker J New York. A For Vice President . Ex-Senator Henry T. Davis of West Virginia. Of-K t .ft4'24 Tito democratic national convention met in the exposition building nt St. Louis, Wednesday, July GLh. Promptly nt twelve o'clock Chairman James K. Junes, of the national committee called the convention to order. His appear ance upon the platform brought forth cheering. Chairman Jones directed the sergeant at arms to secure order. It was a considerable time before quiet could bo restored. Tho chairman appointed Col. J. M. Guffey of Pennsylvania and M. F. Tar pey of Calitornia to escort Mr. Wil liams to tho chair. As tho platform was enclosed by a railing it was nec essary for the committee and Mr. Wil liams to climb oer the railing. The committee lifted Mr. Williams over and the entire convention burst into cheers as he ascended the platform. "1 have tho honor to introduce to you John S. Williams as temporary chairman," said Chairman Jones, and again the convention cheered. Mr. Williams delivered his address calmly and without gestures. Several cries of "louder, louder," interrupted Mr. Williams as ho began, his clear, but not powerful, voice at ilrst fail ing to roach parts of the hall. As Mr. Williams procoadod his voice increased in volume and the delegates listened attentively. After announcing tlio time and places for the various committee meetings a motion was made that the convention adjourn until ten o'clock the following mornings. The morning session of the second day lasted a little less than an hour. When the convention was called to order neither the credential commit tee nor tho committee on resolutions wore ready to report, although the latter had been in session all night, quitting for a recess at four o'clock In the morning. An adjournment was taken until after noon, when tho com mittee on permanent organization re ported the election of Congressman Champ Clark,as permanent chairman. Another development was tho re fusal of Senator J. W. Bailey of Texas who was selected as pormanont chair man of tho convention, but refused the honor, saying ho desired to bo on , tho floor when tho platform is pre sented for adoption. Ho is expected to combat any attempt from tho 13ry an forces to Inject Into tho platform planks which do not meet the approv al of the committee. Upon this ground his declination of tho chair manship was respected. The report of the committee on credentials was the occasion for a light on tho floor. Tho majority re port as read by Chairman Head was adopted. Mr. Iiryan presented a min ority report. Tho fight was In tho seating the Illinois delogation known as tho Hopkins delegates. Mr. Bryan In his speech launched into a review of tho Illinois democratic convention and referred to Messrs. Hopkins and Quinn, as high waymen. After the report had been accepted Permanent Chairman Clark was es corted to tho platform and after a speech the convention was declared adjourned until the following day. Anticipating a vigorous contest on the floor when the committee on resolutions should report, the galleries were well filled, and when tho per manent chairman called the conven tion to order tho delegates were nearly all in their seats, and upon every countenance was clearly ex pressed the determination to carry the widclyvdivergent issues to success. Without delay it was announced that the report of the committee would be received. At tho statement the convention seized the opportunity to express its satisfaction at the unanimous report to be made. k Becoming impatient at the delay, Senator Daniel began his announce ment in the midst of tho uproar. "I am instructed to make to this convention," ho began, "this unani mous report from the committee on" resolutions." It was adopted by a viva voce vote, two or three delegates voting in. the negative, aud they apparently in a spirit of fun. Chairman Clark then put tho motion to adopt the report, aud another viva voce vote carried it. Temporary Chair. man Williams then mounted the steps leading up to the platform, swung his hat around his head and the delegates, following his lead, roared their applause again aud again, while the band played "Hail Columbia." "The clerk will now call the roll of states for the nomination of a candi date for president," shouted the chau man. "Alabama," shrieked tho clerk. "Alabama yields to the empire stal6 of New York," called Delegate Rus sell of Alabama. Martin W. Littleton of New York took the stand to place Judge Parker of New York In nomination. His manner of speaking is calm and de liberate,, and the vast audience ex perienced littlo dlfifculty in hearing every word which passed his lips. D. M. Delmas was recognized as the spokesman for the California delo gation, and when the cleric read the name of that state the Callfornlan mounted tho platform and nominated William It. Hearst. The mention of the name of Hearst was the signal for a spontaneous burst of applause. Other names were placed before the convention, with but littlo hope of nomination, except that in case of a deadlock, when tho vote might go that way, but tho Parker boom would not down or be blocked. When the balloting began It took but one to de cide who would bo tho standard bear er for the democrats. On the completion of the first bal lot Parker received 058 votes. Before the vote was announced Idaho changed her six votes, giving him GG1 votes. West Virginia added three more votes, giving him the GC7 votes, or two-thirds necessary. Washington changed from Hearst to Parker. This was followed by a motion by Champ Clark to make tho nomination of Parker unanimous. A scene of groat enthusiasm followed. A monster American flag was un furled from the dome of tho building. Tho band struck up "Tho Star Spangled Banner." Patrick A. Collins of Massachusetts took tho stand to second tho motion to mal tho nomination unanimous. Alter tlio announcement of tho re sult of the ballot tho-states that had voted against Parker began to trans fer to his column. Soon tlio changes camo so rapidly that It was impos sible to keep track of them. Tho roll call resulted in the selec tion of ex-Senator Davis of West Vir ginia for vice president, after which, and tho finishing or somo littlo detail, tho convention adjourned sine die. Tho now democratic national com mittee Includes It. L. Williams for Indian Territory and R. S. Billup for Oklahoma. . CANPFHIE TALES JIl2lff2il"l ! I-W-l-I I l- Li- Viking's War Song. When Odin calls him. Whato'er befalls him, The hero goes, With dead and dying Around him lying. No fenr ho knows: On lightnings winging His warlike quests With sea gulls swinging Ills brlgh' shield Hughlnj; And sword blado clashing, Ills blows fnll free, lie dies victorious For Vnllial glorious Walts such ns ho, Undaunted yeomen And warriors bravo, Who fear no foemen Nor early grave. Hero life Is only Through rushes lonely, A passing breeze. A frail craft sailing. When winds are lulling. Through unknown seiu. But Norns descending From Asgard high Brig life unending When warriors die Mary Grant O'Sherldan. About the "Rock of Chickamauga." The vacillating course of George 11. Thomas in the exciting days of 3 801, says the Richmond (Va.) Time-Despatch, caused much comment at that time, and has been a subject of dis cussion off and on ever since. Gen. Thomas was a Virginian, a graduate of West Point and an officer In the army. With the exception of a difference in rank, he occupied ihc same position as Gen. Robert E. Lee, and his relatives and admirers in Virginia believed ho would do as Lee did. That ho gave them time and again assurances that ho would never draw his sword against his state has often been asserted aud as often denied by his admirers in the north. In March, 18G1, Gen. Thomas wiote a letter to Gov. Letcher of Virginia, In which he expressed his devotion to the state and said in effect that he would remain in the army so long as his state remained in tho Union. How ever, in a few weeks he changed ills mind, and drew ills sword against his state. The letter he wrote to Gov Letcher gave rise to a controversy nt Wash ington as to whether lie had recog nized his allegiance to Virginia. While the course of Gen. Thomas in remain ing in the Union army and repudiating his allegiance to his slate was of im mense benefit to the federal cause at the time, It Is nevertheless true that the belief that ho did write the Let cher letter (though his friends denied it), taken with the knowledge of his oft expressed devotion to Virginia, made the authorities at Washington afraid to trust him far, and ho wns never given the commands which had been tacitly promised him, and which his ability as a soldier so eminently fitted him for. It was denied at tho time that tho Letcher letter was in existence or was ever written. It has often been de nied since, and only a few weeks ago the existence of tlio letter was again vehemently denied. The letter is in existence, and Is safoly kept in tho home of the ar chives of Virginia. Hero is a copy of it: "New York Hotel, March 12, 1SG1. "His Excellency, Governor John Let cher, Richmond, Va. "Dear Sir I received yesterday a letter from Major Gilliam of the Vir ginia Military institute, dated the 9th Instant, In reference to ho position of chief or ordnanco of tho state, in which ho informs mo that you had requested him 'to ask me if I would resign from tho service, and if so, whether that post would bo acceptable to me.' As ho roqueted me to make my reply to you direct, I hayo the honor to slate, after expressing my most sincere thanks for your very kind offer, that it is not my wish to leave tho service of the United States as long as it is honorablo for mo to rd main in it; and, therefore, as long as my nntivo state, Virginia, remains in tlio Union, it Is my purpose to re main in tho army, unless required to perform duties alike repulsive to honor and humanity. I am, sir, very re spectfully, your obedient servant, "George II. Thomas, "Major, U. S. Army." ' The authenticity of the letter seems to bo beyond question. Officially Dead Five Years. William II. Lewis of this village, a veteran of tho War of the Rebellion, had a peculiar experience, and for up ward of five years was to all Intents and purposes a dead man. His grave and the marker which Indicates where ho was buried can still be seen in tho national cemetery nt Sharpsburg, Md. Mr. Lewis enlisted at Albany, May 27, 1SG1, In Capt. Charles Riley's Com pany F of tho famous Thirty-fourth regiment, commanded by James A. Suiter. Lewis wont through the Pen insula campaign without a scratch until tho bloody battle of Antletam, when ho was shot five times, twice in the legs and once in tho face. Ho was left on tho field for dead and for two days and nights lay out In tho open, suffering untold agonies; and should Lewis live to bo J 00 years old ho will never forget tlio hours spent on that battlefield. Ho was among tho dead reported Sept. 1, 1802, aud his body was supposed to have been removed from tho battlefield and placed in grave. No. 811 in the Na tional Cemetery at Sharpsburg, Md., tho headstone bearing thai inscrip tion. Instead, however, Lewis was ro moved to a shod, whore he remained a prisoner for seven days, when he was exchanged and transferred to Wash ington, being honorably discharged for surgical disability March 22, 186H. The wound in tlio face was a peculiar one', and never since ho was shot has ho boon able to open his mouth wide. in 1S68, when he made application for a pension, Mr. Lewis was prompt ly informed by tho Pension Depart ment at Washington that ho was kill ed at the batllo of Autictam and Hint there was no such man as William H. Lewis, a member of Company F, Thirty-fourth regiment. lie had lio trouble in securing affidavits from his captain, Clmrlos Riley, and his colo nel, James A. Suiter, establishing his identity, and his pension was soon forthcoming. Lewis enlisted nt 211 years of age, and to-morrow ho cele brates his slxly-sixth birthday. Her kimcr Citizen. . First Confederate Slain. Thcro was unveiled at Fairfax Court House, Virginia, on June 1, a monument to Capt. John Qulncy Marr, tho first Confederate soldier to fall In actual combat In the civil war. Tho date of Capt. Marr's death was Juno 1, 1801, ami tho spot where he fell was only a few yards from the Court House green, upon which tho monu ment has been erected. It was as captain of tho Warren ton Riflemen that he entered tho Con federate arm j'. This company of 100 men was ordered to Fairfax Court House a post of honor and danger to strengthon Its somewhat meager defense, on May .11, 1.861. About throe o'clock next morning the riflemen were arousod by the news of tho ap proach of tho onomy's cavalry. They formed at once and their captain led them to a commanding position near the Court House. Soon after ho had called .them to halt a body of cavalry rushed upon them and firing was bo gun. It was pitch dark and no one saw tholr leador fall, but his "Halt!" was tho last Word ho was ever hoard to utter. In tho meantime tho rifle men were reinforced by Colonel R. S. Ewoll, who was commandant of the post. Led by him tho riflemen thrlco repulsed the enemy and finally drove thorn off, leaving two prisoners behind thorn. When daylight dawned Capt. Marr was thte only Confoderato miss ing, and ho was discovered lying in the long grass with a bullet through his heart.