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Great Hunt ofKuikmmatm Greets Mention of the President* Name- The
Nominating and Seconding Speeches.
'.y msMuni to the laiscsafcl
Chicago, June -'•'■ This >vas scheduled to be a
tame and istSasa r-onventlou. Most people said
no -weeks .<ko W'h"^ the dans gathered hers
the experts gays their confirmation in suili
positive BMBgsaMSa BS to leave i o room for doubt.
They muM not possibly be mistaken. It was
SBsasly bIIIi to think of exciting enthosiasni
vithout preUoninai oontest and uncertainty.
And the BfOSMSM which greeted the- speakers on
the first iitid second days did not change their
opinions. beoasMM such BBMMttßas wars merely
testimonials to tile pssMiartty of the orators.
This aftemooa th«re was a atfferent story to
ML The third and law] day of the thirteenth
Hepul>licau National Convention was remark
able for a dJsjßßSßStHttfea rarely, if ever, sur
jiassed at any similar RaMio-lnfi. The nomina
tion of Theodore Koosevelt for the Presidency of
trie I'nitod States wa« ho sooner put before the
convention than a perfect tornado of cheering
Vroke 10-.po. The contagion spread from one
«i«l»gation>ito another, and thsn the galleries
< aught it. Then a youth from Philadelphia
jumped on the platform. In one band Mas a
'tnesaphone, through which he shouted, "K<x>se
v»!t' Boast .• ' " With bis other hand he waved
ii fillk flap, and immediately a thousand flags
v '•rf. in motion.
Fifteen minutes passed In tl.at way. and the
„,«...r , .,s and flap wavers seemed to be getting
*Khaun>t*d. Then a Kauntleroy boy sad a little
girl BMVS lifted to the platform, and. tinder their
lead, the demonstration was renewed In greater
\o!utne than «'\er. Th«- OalManria delegates
muM kefp still no leaser. ■wOaersjßg their
li^autiful banner, they started around the liall.
5»eU-satei! from the. other States fell into line,
find «he maichitiE forest of flags called to mind
ihr line l:i "Macbeth" about Birnani Wood com
liig to l>nnFinane. Scholars, statesmen, bank
er railroad presidents and plain citizens hopped
•nd skipped and cakewalk*d while shouting
th^mseUfs hoarse.
"Uneje Joe " Cannon seemed to be a little dum-
Jnunded at firpt. He gated wonderingly a.round
it that mass of animated humanity. Finally
the elect Heal sympathetic} «park pierced him
».Ipo. His face lit up. his figure straightened un
til hr looked really tall, and he grasped the
pole of the frayed and tattered flag which was
(feat used at. the Lincoln convention In lb«K> and
lias never since been absent from a. Hepublii».n
convention. As the veteran cnalrman stood
there in that attitude lie bore a remarkable re
•wr.blan'-e 10 some of the pictures of Lincoln.
The fheeriner and hurra-hlnp. lasted Junt
twenty-three minutes by the clock. How much
longer It might have continued goodness only
knows, but Chairman Cannon thought that
there had been enough of it and he insisted on
proceeding with the programme And this
rioted a fpectacle as thrilling aa it was srpon-.
The nomination it candidates in a national
convention ie the feature that appeals most
•trongly to the public, and the number of vis
itors this morning gave ample evidence of that
fJtrt. Half an hour before, the time set for the
opening of the convention there were us many
visitors in the galleries as witnessed the entire
opening cession of Tuesday. Not only 6lnce the
opening of the convention have all the visitors'
teats been filled, but the manner in which the
«*rowd poured through the entrain to-day gave
rvMssjee l! ' :il '■> the time the garni fell every
i would BC occupied and the standing room,
Issesssd to tha limit.
Tli«» fstsjates and alternates, somewhat
» Cartes] "Aith the session of yesterday, were
i o: pa prompt as the spectators in their arrival,
find dM orchestra rendered about cme-lialf of
Its programme for the day while waiting; for
th- convention to open. Governor Carter of
Hawaii, notwithstanding his defeat <»f yester
«lay, when he sought to secure an increased rep
resentation for Hawaii on the floor of the con
vention, was one of the early arrivals, and
f^emed as well pleased as though he liad se
cured all lie sought and a few things in addi
A few moments before the assembling there
was a hurried conference by tho managers,
which resulted in an agreement that Alabama,
tfct first fcute on the roll, would yield to New-
York to nominate Roosevelt.
It was also agreed that Alabama, -which was
the first State to instruct for Fairbanks, •would
> it-id, to lowa to place the Senator's name In
nomination for the Vice-Presidency.
Shortly before 10 o'clock the New-York dele
gation began to enter the hall, Senator Platt at
iheir head. With them came messengers bring
ing bundles of flags which were to be waved
SflsSSI the President was nominated.
Senator Bevertdge and Governor Durbln were
the first delegates from the Hooeier State to
reach their seat*, end were greeted with a ripple
of applause.
Secretary Cortelyou arrived promptly on the
stroke of 10. and was escorted to a seat on the
platform He received a cordial greeting, the
members of the National Committee crowding
p round to shake his band. The Secretary and
Postmaster General Payne stepped to one slda
*er a brief chat before the convention opened.
Cheers greeted the arrival of Chairman Can
non upon the stag*, and the band struck up the
national hymn. This was tlie bignal for the
convention to rice. and tlie New- York delega
tion «a« conspicuous, each of Its members wav-
Itg an American flag.
Just before Chairman Cannon's big gavel fell
Mm. M. E. Plummer, of the American Flag As
sociation, came upon the *tajie and presented to
him a bunch- of calla Hlies. which the chairman
rweived with a profound how.
"Put them in your buttonhole!" yelled some
one from the gallery.
They were placed in a vase «n the chairman's
desk, niii- h also held a large bunch of fresh red
Alaska's delegation again entered the hail
• mid applause, their picturesque totem polea at
tiactiug considerable attention.
Kor the first time in the course of the conven
tion the presence of a large number of women In
light gowns made a brilliant scene.
The delay In calling the convention to order
«as due to the completion of some resolutions
that were to be presented. But the music of the
hand and the evident good humor of the crowd
For High Balls
Insist upon getting
made I " '>■'■* rapidly, P' l^ there was no
manil ace.
I- . v l<» : :',<t o'clock when Chairman
■-: the immense wooden gavel in
his left band, arose from his hlsjh-backcd leather
.hair and. with a resoundinc whack on the table
In fro; i of him. commanded the convention to be
In order.
Senator Fairbanks did not attend the session
of tin- convention. Senator Beveriofce was to
cast the vote of Indiana for Fairbanks for Vice-
Prastdent, with Hie exception «f tho vote of Sen
ator Fairbanks himself.
Mr. Cannon abandoned the huge gavel, and
opened a handsome leather casket and secured a
smaller one. With this In one hand, and holding
the other up to command silence, he advanced to
the front and directed the delegates to take their
seats. The direction was at once obeyed.
"The convention will be opened with prayer,"
he announced. Tin- Rer. Thaddeos A. Snively,
rector of St. Cbryaostom's Church, was pre
sented. and, at Mr. Cannon's suggestion, ad
vanced to the front of the platform. As lie
spread forth his arm.- to invoke divine blessing
the convention arose. The animated hum of
conversation ceased an-J bsoluts silence pre
vailed. He said:
Almighty <;o<!. our Heavenly Father. Infinite.
Eternal: All-Wise and Bvei Merciful Creator and
Preserve of hI! mankind, with preferred reverence
we i knowledge The* a* the Source of Life and
Btrr.'^th. the Qreat Invtatbta One Who speaks to
us through this srondcrfnl uohrerae. of which man,
no marvellous, Is but on si Thy numberless works
of wonder Mini power. W« i-enies* Thee/aa the
<;U->r of UgM DM llsfci, •'-'I'! every K"«d am/ perfect
Gathered here ;is Children of Mils great and won
derful country where man h»* drawn eai to The«.
we bftffrfi Tliee in be with 'is In !<>\inj: diction
and eiii.le us i:i our thoughts bi '1 words and deeds
As rltisans of this land of privilege and freedom
to all. we pray fur our country-- the <i< •>! land for
which our fathers Fought In the long strife for free
dom for fill. By Thy gracious help it is the land
of the free and the home of the breve. We pray
that Thou wilt guide us ever by Thy power mid
wisdom in such ways that our liberty may never de
generate into tleenae. and that our people lay be
brave, not simply with brute courage that Is ready
to face force and violence, but with the higher
moral power arhicß make* as Btronji to battle for
the truth and honor and noble prinriplr .
We beseech Thee to jrive to our whole nation the
strong dceire and purpose to uphold law and order
and to seek noMe character and true Integrity as
the most sublime achievements of the >■■ •. far
greater and more precious than rlehea or mighty
conquest*. Grant, we pray Thee, that the benumb
ing touch of material possessions and the lust of
power may new r blind us to the tru«' Rreatnese and
glory of moral advancement. Heio us ever to re
member that the fathers of thl« land and Kovern
•nent Were patriots of never dyin^ fame, for BUM
they believed that poverty and defeat with unsul
lied honor are far better than vast wealth and world
arid* influence purchased at the «;.-.t ( ,f «h.ime a:: 1
dishonor. We hcaocch Thee, <> Thou God of Love
and Pesos, to keep from us all those who would
overthrow the old standards of peace and harmony
and brotherhood, and grant that th.- set a of tru«
brotherly love and mutual respect may prevail
among all classes and conditions of our people and
that peace and justice may be our aim and ambi
tion, Loth within und beyond our borders. May
that feeling- of lava and onenfss with all mankind
Krow atronarer year by year.
Help us- to keep down selfishness and bitterness.
«".iid by Thy tmd^r prafe make stronger th^ sense
of dependence upon Th--. ar.d of duty to all man
In this seedtime of the year, we pray Thee to
bless the harvest Send Thy blessing upon the
multitudes who work upon the rich lands. May
abundant crop* be the reward of the husbandmen
whose labors make poesll '«■ the feeding of the vast
multitude* of Thy children, abundant Increase of
(Train and fruits to keep in busy movement tho
mifiity »nptm-s of commerce, and the looms and
machines of human Industry; tlmt thus hunger and
Idleness and want may be kept far away from our
people nnd prosperity dwell within our country.
Our Heavenly Father, Whose kingdom la ever
lasting and power infinite, we pray Thee to Bend
Thy nVsslng upon all our country aM all our j»eo
ple. and especially upon all those on whom su
thority a;.<l the execution of the laws rest, upon Vnt
President of th« tTnlted States; upon the Governor*
of all the commonwealths which make this a land
of mail? Statr-?; upon the ■ ■■: . ■.-.« of the nation,
Mi upon the legislature!" • f <!)•- different Bt ittm,
and upon all who occupy places of trust and re
sponEibiiity. that they, knowing whose ministers
they are, may above ail thil g seek Thy honor and
Wilt Thou Kriir.t then Thy trace thai they may
always Incline to Tl will and walk In Thy way. *
And may all the people, duly considering that If
is Thy authority tlmt they i>car. faithfully and
ohediently honor them and eld them In guarding
the hiphett standards of uprightness and Integrity
ard i;iia»-lns)i i atrr.l nn
Upon this great multitude bera Fathered, wo a=k
Thy blessing Keep before us. we pray The". Mejfa
motive and lofty aim. and grant. In "Thy Infinite
goodness, that this convention may have Its part
in holding aloft the highest. ideal* and most '.-!<■:
ous Mariinrda of true etttsenshln. Wilt TV',",ii iq
direct their deliberations that only high Influence!
tnay have sway, find that the r.e«;t results for our
dear country may be advai by their work- that
thus they may rlo thHr part in helping to the or
dering and settling of all thine;-- upon th" surest
foundations that peace :itid happiness, truth and
Justice, religion and piety, may l«j established
among us for all generati* •
Finally -we pray for all the people of this land,
that Thou wouldst direct us. 0 Lord, In all our
doing" with Thy most gracious favor, and further
up with Thy continual help, tli«t In all our works
begun, continued and ended In T!.- <••. we may glorify
Thy holy nHin^. and. finally, by Thy mercy obtain
everlasting llf« through Him Who hast taught us
to pay:
"Our Fatl:er Who art In Heaven, hallowed be
Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Tliy will be dona
on earth, a.--- It is dons In Heaven. Give us this
day our Sally bread. And forgive us our tres
passes, as we forgive these who trespass against
us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver
us from evil: for Thine i« the kingdom and tha
power and the glory, forever and ever." Amen.
By this time the hall was completely filled.
The rise in temperature wag decidedly appar
ent, and fans, hats anil papers were brought
Into use.
At the conclusion of the prayer Chairman
Cannon presented the following announcements
through the reading clerk:
On July fi, at Jackson, Mich.. fh»r» will he
celebrated the fiftieth anniversary <>f the birth
of the Republican l.arty (applause), the time
•when arid the place where it received Its name.
Secretary Hay will deliver the principal ad
dress. Senator Fairbanks and others will ad
dres-s the meeting.
Then followed an announcement that the re
cently elected Republican National Committee
would meet In the Coliseum Annex Immediately
on the adjournment of the convention.
Chairman Cannon nt once announced that tha
next order of business would be a rdlcali of the
States f<-r the nomination of President of tho
United ■tatsa. The clerk called "Alabama,"
and Immediately Oscar It. Hundley, of that
State, mounted n chair and announced that
Alabama requested the honor and privilege of
rasMmg Its plar-e on tho r..1l to the State of
New-York. Instantly the convention was In an
uproar. The New-York delegate* wave] their
flairs ar.d shout<<l wildly. Bx-Governor Frank
Black of New-York, who was to deliver the
nominating speech in bfhaif of President Roose
velt. Immediately started for the platform amid
wild enthusiasm on the part of the delegates.
As he reached the desk of Mr. Cannon he was
warmly greeted by the chairman and escorted
down to the front of tl.j platform. Here Chair
man Cannon, standing by the side of Mr. Block
In a few words introduced him to the conven
A succession of shouts from the convention.
a chorus of shrieks from the New-York delega
tion, a paroxysm of tossing flags, then silence,
and Mr. Black began his speech in behalf of
President Roosevelt. He said:
Mr. President and Gentlemen of the Conven
tion: We are here to inaugurate a campaign
which seems already to be nearly closed. So
wisely have th*- people sowed un»l watched and
tended, there seems little now to do but to
measure up the grain. They are ranging them
selves not for battle, but for harvest. In one
column reaching from tho Maine woods to the
Puget Sound are those people and those Btates
which have stood so long together that when
great emergencies arise the nation turns In
stinctive!) to them. In this column, vast and
Koiid. Is a majority so overwhelming that tha
scattered squads In opposition can hardly rnlt"»
another army. The enemy have neither guns nor
ammunition, and if they had they would use
them on each other. Institute of the weapons
of effective warfare, the only evidence of ap
proaching battle Is In the tone and number of
their bulletins. There Is discord among the
generals; discord among the soldier*. Each
would fight In his own way, but before assault-
Ing his Republican adversaries he would Bret
destroy his own comrades In the adjoining tent*.
Each believes the weapons chosen by the other
are not only wicked, but fatal to tho holder.
That Is true. This Is the only war of modern
limes where the boomerang has been substi
tuted for the gui , Whatever fatalities ma or
iur, however, among the discordant hosts now
moving on Bt. Louis, no harm will come this
fall !•> the American people. There will be no
opposition sufficient t.i raise a conflict. There
win be hardly enough for competition. There
are no Democratic plans for the conduct of the
fall campaign. Their zeal is chiefly centred In
discussion as to what Thomas Jefferson would
do If he were living. He IS not living, and but
few of his descendants are among the Demo
cratic, remnants of to-day. Whatever of patriot
ism or Wisdom emanated from that distin
guished man Is now represented In this conven
It Is a sad day for any party when its only
means of solving living issues is by guessing at
the possible attitude of a statesman who Is dead.
This condition leaves that party always a be
ginner and makes every question new. Ths
Democratic party has seldom tried a problem on
Its own account, and when It has its blunders
have been its only monuments; Its courage Is
remembered only in regret. As long as these
things are recalled that party may seme a* bal
last, but it will never steer the ship.
When all the people have forgotten will dawn
a golden era for this new Democracy. But the
country is not ready yet to place a party In th*
lead whose most expressive motto is the cheer
less word "forget." That motto may express
contrition, but It does not inspire hope. Neither
confidence nor enthusiasm will ever be aroused
by any party which enters each campaign utter
ing the language of the mourner.
There is one fundamental plank, however, on
which the two great parties are In full agree
ment. Both believe in the equality of men. The
difference is that the Democratic party would
make every man aa low as the poorest. while
the Republican party would make every man .is
high as the best. But the Democrat course
will provoke no outside interference now, for
the Republican motto is that of the great com
mander, "never Interrupt the enemy while he Is
making a mistake."
In politics as In other fields, the most Im
pressive arguments spring from contrast. Never
has there been a more striking example of unity
than is now afforded by this assemblage. You
are gathered here not as factions torn by dip
cordant views, but moved by one desire and In
tent; you have corns as the chosen representa
tives of the most enlightened party in the world.
You meet not as strangers, for no men are
strangers who hold the sume beliefs and espouse
the same, cause. You may separate two bodies
of wuter for a thousand years, but when once
the barrier is removed they mingle instantly
and are one. The same traditions inspire and
the same purposes actuate us all. Never In our
lives did these purposes stand with deeper root
than now. At least two generations nave passed
sway since the origin of that great movement
from which sprang the spirit which has been
the leading Impulse In American politics for
half a century. In that movement, which was
both a creation and an example, were those
great characters which endowed the Republican
party at its bfrth with tho attributes of Justice,
equality and progress, which have held It to
thin hour In line with the highest sentiments of
mankind. From these men we have Inherited
the desire, and to their memory we owe the
resolution, that those great schemes of govern
ment and humanity, Inspired by their patriotism,
and established by their blood, shall remain as
the lixed and permanent emblem of their la
bors, and the abiding signal of the liberty and
progress of the nice.
There are many new names in these days,
but the Republican party needs no new title. It
stands now where it stood at the beginning.
Memory alone is needed to tell the source from
which the Inspirations of the country How. A
drowsy memory would be as guilty now as a
sleeping watchman when the enemy is astir.
The name of the Republican party stands over
every door where a righteous cause wag born.
Its members have gathered around every move
ment, no matter how weak, if inspired by high
resolve. Its flag for more than fifty years has
been the sign of hope on every spot where lib
erty was the word. That party needs no new
name or platform to designate its purposes. It
Is now as It has been, equipped, militant and In
motion. The problems of every age that age
must solve. Oreat causes impose great demands,
but never In any enterprise have the American
people failed, and never in any crisis has Una
Republican party failed to express the con
science and intelligence of that people.
The public mind Is awake both to Its oppor
tunities and Its dangers. Nowhere in the world,
in any era, did citizenship mean more than It
means to-day In America. Men of courage and
sturdy character ere ranging themselves to
1 gsUWf with a unanimity seldom se«a. There Is
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no excuse for groping tr the dark, for the light
Is plain to him who will but raise his eyes. The
American people believe In a man or party that
has convictions and knows why. They believe
that what experience has proved It is idle to
resist A wise man is any fool about to die. But
there Is a wisdom which, with good fortune,
may guide the living and the strong. That wis
dom springs from reason, observation and ex
perience. Guided by these this thing Is plain,
and young men may rely upon it. that th«j his
tory and purposes I bare described, rising even
to the essence and aspirations of patriotism,
find their best concrete example In the career
and doctrines of the Republican party.
But not alone upon the principle* of that
party are Its members in accord. With tho sacw
devotion which has marked their adherence to
those principles, magnificent and enduring a*
they are. they have already singled out the man
to bear their standard and to lead the way. No
hlehcr badge was ever yet conferred. But. great
as the honor Is, the circumstances which sur
round It make the honor even more profound.
You have come from every State and Terri
tory in this vast domain. The country and th>
town have vied with each other In sending here
their contributions to this splenld throng.
Every highway in the land is leading here and
crowded with th" member* of that great party
which sees In this splendid city the symbol of
Its rise and power. Within this unexampled
multitude is every rank and condition of free
men, every creed and occupation. Hut to-day
a common purpose and desire have engaged us
all, iv.li from every nook and corner of th-)
country rises but <. single choice to till th* most
exalted cilice in the world.
He is no stranger waiting In the shade, to be
called suddenly Into public light. The American
people nave seen him for many years, and al
ways where the light was thickest and the
greatest need was felt. He has been alike con
spicuous in the pursuits of peace and m the
iirdui'U;* stress of war. No man now living will
forget the spring of fKi, when the American
mind wan s«> Inflamed and American patriotism
so aroused; when among all the eager citizens
surging to the front us soldiers, the man whom
this convention has already In Its heart was
u:i. ...;..; the iirst to bear the call and answer to
his name. Preferring peace, but not afraid of
war; faithful to every private obligation, yet
first to volunteer at the sign of national peril; a.
leader in civil life, and yet so qulck.«to compre
hend the arts of war that he grew almost In a
day to meet the high exactions of command.
There Is nothing which so tests a man as great
and unexpected danger. He may pass his llf-j
amonj; ordinary scenes, and what he Is or does
but few will ever know. But when the crash
cornea or the flames break out, a moment's time
will single out the hero In the crowd. A flash
of lightning In the night will reveal what years
of daylight have not discovered to the eye.
And SO tho flash of the Spanish War revealed
that lofty couragv and devotion which tluj
American heart so loves, and which you have
met again to decorato and recognize. Ills
qualities do not need to be retold, for no man
in that exalted place since Lincoln has been
better known m every household in the land.
He is not conservative. If conservatism, means
waiting till It Is too lat». Ho Is not wise. If
wisdom Is to count a thing a hundred times
when once will d«>. There 1h no regret eo> keen
In man or country fir. that which follows an
opportunity unembraoed. Fortune soars with
high and rapid wins;, and whoever brings it
down must shoot with accuracy and speed. Only
the man with steady eye and nerve, and the
courage to pull the trigger, brings tho largest
opportunities to the ground. He does not al
ways listen while all the sages ■peak, but every
day at nightfall beholds some record which, if
not complete, has been at least pursued with
conscience and Intrepid resolution.
He is no slender Bower swaying in the wind,
but that heroic fibre which is best nurtured by
the mountains and tins snow, He spends little
time In review, for tl at, he knows, can l>e dime
by th« srhuols. A statesman grappling with
the living problems Of the hour, he gropes but
l!ttlr> In the past. Ho believes In going ahead.
IT.» believes that in shaping the destinies of
this great Republic hope la a higher Impulse
than regret. He believes that preparation for
future triumphs is a more important duty than
hii Inventory of past mistakes. A profound
student of history, he Is to-day the greatest his
tory maker In the world. With the Instincts of
the scholar, he is yet forced from the scholar's
pursuits by those superb qualities which fit him
to the last degree for those great world cur
rents now rushing past with larger volume
and more portentous aspect than for many
years before. The fate of nations Is still de
cided by their wars. You may talk of orderly
tribunals and learned referees; you may slug in
your schools the gentle praises of the qulot
life; you may strike from your books the last
note of every martial anthem, and yet out in
the smoke and thunder will always be the
tramp of horses and the silent, rigid, upturned
fate. Men may prophesy and women pray, but
peace will come -here to abide forever on this
earth only when the dreams of childhood are
the accepted charts to guide the destinies of
men. Events are numberless and mighty, and
no man can tell which wire runs around the
world. The nation basking to-day In the quiet
of contentment and repose may still be on the
deadly circuit and to-morrow writhing in the
tolls of war.
This Is the time when great figures must be
kept In front. If the pressure is great, the
material to resist It must bo granite and Iron.
Whether wa wish it or not. America is abroad
In this world. Her Interests are In every street,
her name is on every tongue. Those interests!
so sacred and stupendous, should bo trusted only
to the care of those whose power, skill and
courage have been tested and approved. And
In the man whom you will choose the highest
sense of every nation in the world beholds a
man who typifies ns no other living American
does the spirit and the purposes of the twen
tieth century. He does not claim to be the
Salomon of his time. There are many things
he may uot know, but this is sure, that above
all things else ho stands for progress, courage
and fair play, which are the syiuniymes of the
American name.
There are times when great fitness is hardly
less than destiny, when the elements so com.;
together that they e»lect the agent they v.-n.l
use. BJvents sometimes select the strongest
man, as lightning goes down the highest rod
And so It Is with those events which for many
months with unerring sight have led you to a
s-inirte name which 1 am chosen only to pro
nounce: Gentlemen. I nominate for President
of the United States the highest living type of
the youth, the vigor and the promise of a great
country and a great age. Theodore Roosevelt, of
New- York.
Mr. Black's voice, though not heavy, carried
well, and Increased in volume as he got fairly
under way. His epigrams provoked laughter.
and his sharply turned sentences never failed to
raise a ripple of applause.
Mr. Black pronounced the nominating words
at 11:06 o'clock. As he did so he retired quickly
from the platform, but the words "Theodore
Roosevelt- had not left his lips when there was
a shout. The convention was on its feet. Like
the crash of thunder that follows the lightning.
the enthusiasm be&an. Flags were in the air.
hats -were, thrown up. men jumped onto their
chairs, and women stood and shouted. The air
was rent with one continuous, prolonged shout
from thousands of throats. So mighty was the
volume of noise that nothing definite In the way
of articulate sound was distinguishable.
At this point the band struck up. Its strains,
however, were only faintly discernible in the
mljrluy din. Then Chairman Cannon took a
band. Unfurling a flag, he advanced to the edge
of the platform and began to wave it. The flag
Is the property of the Lmcoln-MeKinley As-
Bociation of Missouri, and it first appeared at a
Republican national convention in IS6O, when
Lincoln was nominated. It was then carried by
the Missouri delegation. ar..l was waved over
the platform on that occasion as on this. It
was fuel to the flames of enthusiasm, and the
volume of sound increased.
The front of the platform v.as next occupied
by an Immense crayon portrait of President
Roosevelt, borne aloft by three men. Again a
fresh impetus was given to the shouting.
The front of the stage was next given over to
a young man with a megaphone and a flag. As
he swung the flag from side to side he 6houte<t
the name "Rcosevelt." At each swing of the
flag the name was repeated. It was soon taken
up by the delegates in front, spread to those in
the rear ami in a twinkle th-* whole assemblage
was shouting: "Roosevelt!" -Roosevelt:" in
measured unison. The young man who started
the cry was J. Henry Sroythe. Jr., of Philadel
phia. The Indiana delegation sprung open um
brellas of red, white and blue, bearing portraits
of Roosevelt and Fairbanks: the Alaskan em
blems were held aloft and thousands of flags
waved in a wild sweep of color. The New-York
delegation, occupying a place Immediately In
front, started out on a marching tour ef ths
Meanwhile the demonstration showed no signs
of spending itself. Five, six and seven mlnutea
it continued, and there wag not th« slightest
diminution in the volume of sound.
When the applause had continued nearly seven
mtnutes another Impetus was given to tt by
Chairman Cannon, who once more walked to the
front carrying his huge banner. A little girl
clad In white was lifted high on the shoulders
of some of the California delegates, and the first
sound of her childish treble was the t-ignal for
another outburst. A delegate requested Chair
man Cannon to lend him the flag ha had car
ried, and with a smile the chairman handed It
dawn. Around the hall It went, followed by a
long line of shouting delegates. California, with
its great kUMI <«f purple, white and gold, came
inan-hing down the centre aisle and followed by
Senators. Representatives and others prominent
In the life of the nation trooplns along behind,
shouting, laughing and cheering.
The New-Tort delegates, catching sight of
Henry «.\ Payne on the platform, paid him a
brief and especial tribute, and they rsturr.ed
once more to the cheering of the candidates,
shouting 'Roosevelt!" "Roosevelt 1 ." "New-
York!" over and over again.
A small colored boy. James B'.alne t'ashln. of
Oeorgia. with long curly hair, was hoteted on tha
platform, and he waved In franti'" fashion a
email national flag. Louise Roberts, the girt
who has created enthusiasm in the California
delegation, was next carried up and borne high
on tho shoulders of a stalwart delegate from
Indiana, She created a new furore of entUu
islasm as she tossed her flag to and fro. Little
Noonle Dafoe. of Alpena, Mich, followed for a
brief period, and hea she tad] waved her flag
a few mlnutea Chairman Cannon pushed to the
front, and. saying. "Please let me In, my dear."
he rapped vigorously for order. The applause
at this time had continued twenty-three minutes.
It required fully five minutes and several -nore
raps by the chairman and the strenuous work
of numerous policemen and sergeants at arms
to get the delegates once more Into their seats.
When Chairman Cannon had finally secured
order the «eeretary read a history of the flag
which Mr. Cannon had been waving. Grasping
the flag and waving it over his h- ad, Mr. Can
non said: "It prophesied victory In lSt>>; lta life
has been baptized on many a battlefield since.
and it 1b safe in the hands of President Roose
Cheers followed and were Increased when Mr.
Cannon recognized Senator Beverldga of Indi
ana, whom he introduced in these words:
Gentlemen of th* Convention: I hay« the honor
of introducing la you a gentleman whom you all
know; a eon Of Indiana, who, when he has a
message. Insists upon a hearing:, and when he
speaks tho people ur« enlightened and enthused.
Mr. Beverldga spoki with force and Increas
ing enthusiasm, emphasizing hia points with a
gesture with the right hand. His voice was
easily heard. He said:
Oentlemen of the Convention: One difference be
tween th* opposition «md ourselves in this: They
select their candidate for the. people, and the people
■elect our candidate for us. This was true four
years ago. when w« accepted the people's Judgment
and named William McKlnley, whose perfect
mingling of in Imi and heurt. of wisdom and of
tenderness, won the trust and love of the. nation
then and nwkes almost holy hi* memory now.
His power was In the people'! favor, hi.-* shrine
is in the people's hearts. It is tru* to-d:iy when
we again accept th« people's Judgment and name
Theodora Roosevelt, whose sympathies ire us
wMe as the republic, whoso counts*, honesty and
vision meet all emergent.- and the sum of. whostt
qualities make him the typo of twentieth century
Americanism. And the twentieth century American
la nothing more than the. man of '7<> facing a new
day with the old faith.
Theodore Roosevelt, like William McKinley. 13
tha nominee of the Assart— fireside. So were
Washington and Jefferson In the early time; so
was Andrew Jackson when he said 'The I'nion:
It must bo preserved": so was Abraham I Lincoln
when, the Republic saved, he bade us "bind up
th» nation* wounds"; and Grant when, from
victory's very summit Ins lofty words. "Let us
have, peace." voiced tha spirit of the hour and the
people's prayer. When nominated by parties, each
of these great Presidents was. at the period*
named, already chosen by the public Judgment.
And so to-day, th* Republican party, whose
strength In in its obedience to the will of the
American people, merely executes again the de
cree which conies to It from the American home
In naming Theodore Roosevelt a* our candidate.
The people's thought Is his thought; American
Ideals, his Ideals. This Is his only chart of states
manship—and no other is safe. Kor the truest
guide an American President can have Is the
collective Intelligence and massed morality of the
American people. And this ancient rule of the
fathers Is the rule of our leaders now..
Theodore Roosevelt i.s ■ leader who leads, be
cause he carries out the settled purposes of the peo
ple. Our President's plans, when achieved, are
always found to be merely the nation's will accom
plished. And that Is why the people will elect him.
They will elect him because they know that If he Is
President we will get to work and keep at work
on the canal. After decades of delay when the
people want a thing done they want It done. They
know that while he is President tho flag will "stay
put." and no American advantage In the Pacific or
th« world ba surrendered. Americans never re
Whlta he la President no wrongdoer In the ■«*«lci«
of tha government will go unwhlpped of Justice
Americans demand noneety and honor, vigilant and
fearless. While he Is President readjustment of
tariff schedules will b«» made only In harmony with
thfi principles of protectio-i. Americas.'-* have me—
o'i-s. While he li President peace with every na
tion will b- preserved at any cost, excepting only
the. sacrifice of American right., and the vigor with
which ha maintain* th* will be Itself a guarantee
r-i pea*- Th« American people will elect V
because, ma word, they know that he does thing*
the people want dune; does things, not merely dls
cvsees them— does things only after discussing
them— but does things, and does only those things
the people would have him do. This is character
istically American, for wherever he is the Ameri
can Is he who achieves.
On every question all men know where h« stands.
Americans, frank thems«4v«». demand frankness in
their servants. Uncertainty is the death of busl
nt?a. The people can always get along If they
know where they are and whither they are going.
His past is his proof. Every great measure of his
administration was so wise that, enthusiastically
sustained by his owa party, it won votes even from
the opposition. Do you name Cuban reciprocity '.'
The opposition resisted, and then opposition votes
helped to ratify It. Do you name corporate legis
lation? The opposition reacted, and then opposi
tion votes helped to snarl it. Do you i.ame th»
canal— that largest work of centuries", the eternal
wedding of oceans, shrinking the circumference of
the globe, making distant peoples Leighbors. ad
vancing forever civilization all around the world?
This historic undertaking in the interest of ail th»
race, planned by American statesmanship to Jh
wrought by American hands, to atand through the
ages protected by th- American line; this vtu;
achievement whi«*h will endure when our day
shall have become ancient, and which alone is
enough to make the name of Theodore Koi>ser«lt
Illustrious through all time this fuinlment of th*
Republic's dream accomplished by Republican effort
anally received votes even from an opposition that
tri«-d to thwart It.
Of what measure of Theodora Roosevelt's admin
istration dues the opposition dare even to propose
the repeal? And when has the record of any
President won greater approval?
And SB the people trust him as a statesman.
Better than that, they love him as a man. He -wins
admiration In vain who wins not affection also.
In th« American horne — that temple of happiness
and virtue, where dwell the wives and mothers of
the Republic, cherishing the beautiful in life and
guarding; the morality of the nation— ln tha Ameri
can home the name of Theodore Roosevelt Is not
only honored, bat beloved. And that is a greater
triumph than the victory of battlefields, greater
credit than successful statesmanship, greater honor
than the Presidency itself would be without it.
Life holds no reward so noble aa the conndenc-i
aad love of the American people.
The American people: The mightiest force for
i good the ages have evolved! They began as chil
dren of liberty. They believed in God and His provi
dence. They took truth and Justice and tolerance
as their eternal ideals and marched fearlessly for
ward. Wildernesses stretched before them—
j subdued them. Mountains rose — they c roast them.
: Inserts obstructed— they passed them. Their faith
1 failed them not. and a continent was theirs. From
| ocean to ocean cities rose, fields blossomed, rail
[ roads ran; but everywhere church and school we™
i permanent proof that the principles of their origin
I were the life of their maturity.
American methods changed, but American char
r acter remained the same. They outlived the stage
] coach, but not the Bible. They advanced, but for
i got not their fathers. They delved in earth, but
; remembered the higher things. They made high
j ways of the oceans, but distance and climate al
j tered not their Americanism. They began us chll
! dren of liberty, and children of liberty they remain
I Th-y began a* servants of the Father of Light
1 and His servants they remain. And so into ttiei
i hands Is dally given more of power and opportunity
I that they may work even larger righteousness in
j the world and scatter over ever widening fields tn»
, blessed seeds of human happiness.
Wonderful beyond prophecy's forecast their pr<»f»
res*: noble beyond the vision or desire their future
in 1801 Jefferson said: "The United States (than)
had room enough for our descendants to the thou
sandth and thousandth generation." Three genera
tions behold the oceans our boundaries. Washington
never dreamed of railways. To-day electricity and
steam make Maine and California household neigh
bors. This advance, which no seer could have fore
told, we made because we are Americans— berau**
a free people with unfettered minds and unquestion
ing belief Joyfully faced the universe of human po»
a:bilit:es. These possibilities are not exhausted We
have hardly passed their boundaries. The Ameri
can people are not exhausted: we have only tested
our strength. God's work for us hi tha world !»
not finished: His future missions for the American
people will be grander than any Ho has given us
nobler than we now can comprehend. And these
tasks as they come we will accent and accomplish
as our fathers accomplished theirs. And when our
generation shall have passed *v.<i ur children shall
catch from our agin? hands the standard we hay*
Dome. It will still '.- the •..! fla* of Yorktovrn and
Appornattox ar.d Manila Bay; the music to which
they In their turn will then move onward will still
b« th« strains that cheered the dying Warren on
Bunker Hill aaJ Inspired the men who answered
Lincoln* call; and the ideals that will be in them
triumpp.ant as they are i.i us will still be th*
old Ideals that hay» made tne American people
great and honored among the nations of the earth
This is the Republican idea of the American peo
ple; this the thought we have when wa nominate
to-day our candidate for the nations chief; this
the quality of Ameri.-anism a Republican standard
bearer must have. And this is just the American
ism of Theod r- Roosevelt. Full of the oid-tim*
faith In the Republic and Its destiny; charged with
the energy of the Republic's full manhood: cherish
ing tho ordinances of the Republic's fathers and
having in bit heart Urn fear of God; inspired by th«
sure knowledge that tha Republic's splendid day U
only la Its dawn. Theodore Roosevelt wUA lead tri*
American people in paths of safety I i still greater
welfare for thems«ives. still broader betterment of
th» race and to the added honor of the American
name. Therefore Indiana seconds th« nomination
of Theodore Roosevelt.
Long before he had concluded his speech Sen
ator Beverldge's collar was a wilted bnnl ar.4
the perspiration was streaming down hi.- fac?.
but his voice last none of its carrying power ar-.d
his manner none of its energy. Senator Bev
eridgv worda. "Indiana, seconds the name °*
Roosevelt." released the waiting cheers, tha
band and the flags. It was shortlived, how*
ever, ar.d order was soon restore'!.
When the convention had expressed Its ap
preciation of Indiana's second to the nomination
Chaifjpan Cannon announced that Ueorga A.
Knight, of California, would second the nomina
tion. The California delegation showed that It
was prepared fur the occasion. The old stage
coach, long drawn yell. "'Wahoo;" echoed through
the hail, and a banner, followed by a huge
wreath of flowers, was borne through the hall a*
Mr. Knight proceeded to the platform. Mr.
Knight was Introduced by Chairman Cannon.
He had a voice which penetrated the furthest
recesses of the hall and rolled back In echoes
from the arched Iron roof. As he began some
one at the back of the hall shouted, "Not so
loud!" This was a touch which the convention
appreciated, and there was a hearty laugh, ill.
Knight said:
Gentlemen of the Convention: tieosraphv has M
llttltj to do with the sentiment and eathuataen
that la to-day apparent in favor of the cue who
Is to bo given all the honors -nil duties of an
elected President el the Catted States of America.
However, the Pacific slope, and the Islands > those
ocean bu^ys of commerce moored In th*' <Irows>*
tropical sea) send to this convention words •■:' eon
fldmt greeting, with discreet assurance last your
Judgment will bo indorsed b* the American voter
and our country continue Us woaderf ircgres^
under Republican rule.
The time is ripe fur brightening up Americanises,
to teach with renewed vigor the principles of indi
vidual liberty for which the Mm :te Men of th» Rev
olution foueht— the Lincoln liberty, an Indtriduel
liberty for tho tan, i;ot a black alone, SAJ mer..
nil mo. Tha rl^ht to labor In the air of freedom
unmolested, and be- paid for hi* individual toll ana
with it build his cottage horn*. Weal v-.j pres*.
tha pulpit, th* Bchoolnouse. the platform and th-»
street let the true history of our country be know;:.
that the young men and women of America, ana
many old one*, nwy know what a price Iris been
paid for the liberty, peace and union they «njß>
through th« devoted patriotism of our silent IMISM
of the past. Deprivation and «aerinVe w- re •'«"
(lured for many years befor* th« old hell in th*
State House was given th« veice to speak tr.»
glorious sentiment of the an* and proclaim liberty
throughout all the land. ruiii they were mar!* th*
Instruments by which th* principles productive "
our national grandeur were Bet as jewels hi *>'' r
Republic's coronet What we prayed for. foiifjit
for. bled for and died for we want cared for. TV.-'
graph tho world that th» Republican party was the
first org.uiization that beckoned the laboring n»»'J
to his feet and made* him know the quality an I
equality of hi true self. It showed him the pos
sibilities of honest poverty, and has withheld notn*
lnpr from hi* worthy ambition. It took a ra:j
splitter from the ground floor of a log cabin ana
•t-t him with the stars. .
Protection to American labor and our natnra
resources, climate. soil. agricultural ar.l miners!
wealth, navigable rivers and safe harbors. '!*•»
laws and clean public men. have made us tn*
greatest nation on earth to-day. In territory "*
have outgrown tha continent; we are peopling ta*
tales of the Sea. .
Thus »aid the I^ord. a great eagle with gro
wings, long winged and full of feathers, which had
divers color, came unto Lebanon and took
highest branch of the cedar. He cropped off V**
top of Its young twigs and carried It Into a !a»-'i
of traffic: he set It in a city of merchants: he tooK
also of the seed of the land and planted It in »
fruitful Held: he placed it across great waters an*
set It as a willow tree. . _"__
How like unto our emblem ft freedom no n.i^
cropped off the young twigs of our cedar of liberty
and carried them across the ocean to the lar.ao*
train.: and set them In the city o? merchants. m«
seed of our land is there among fruitful field*, De
side great waters and set as a willow tree.
Our country Is big and broad and grand; we want
a President typical of the country, *> at » who wi.i
preserve her history, enforce her law. teach Am';
canism and fight the wrong. Theodore Rooseve...
Thou art the man. "Well may he be proud: he »
young the pride of life Is his and time la on SSI
side; he loves the whole country and know* n
favorite section; ha has performed ,* A , c: J,
promise; he has kept the faith with McKinley a
memory, and now faces responsibilities his own.
He hypnotizes obstacles, looks them In the eyj*™
overpowers with self-conscious honesty of Purpl~'.lP urp l~'.I
Diahoneatv. cowardice and duplicity are nr»er
Impulsive; Roosevelt is impulsive. so be It— .'»
different. From a Democratic point of view. g
Is a weird magician of polities. They charge-i
him with disrupting a government on the mnm»»»
creating a republic and unlawfully conniving »•
a canal. They awoke one fine morning to -•■•
th- Republic of- Panama, an ' entity. Its «X' st •-<•
r*cogni:ed by foreign nations *r.d Congr<»a r»J

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