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fE LXVIII... .N° 22.512.
jlanji FJih^ and Fingers Gone — 100
Arrest ft for Carrying Danger
ous W eapons.
1908. 1907.
Killed 4 4
njured 253 367
lnju-«d. possibly fatally 5 13
Injured by gun shots and stray
buiiets 57 21
Eyesight lost (probably) 10 15
Enough children were maim.'d and killed yes
terday to arouse the great powers of the world
' to arms, bad they been killed and wounded in a
massacre in some obscure village instead of
while merely "celebrating-" the 132 d anniversary
of the birth of the country. By 10 o'clock four
deaths bad been reported in this city, and 253
persons, mostly children, had been Injured. This
basset than a hundred less than the number in
jured in this city last year— >*W7— but It hi greater
than the. number of. men injured in many a
brisk Finnish in war time.
On the whole, however, it -was one of th»
quietest Independence Day celebrations in years.
, The showery, threatening weather had little ef
fect on such celebrations as there were, but
those were of an unusually quiet order.
Another feature, too, was the comparative
freedom from fires. At his night headquarters
in Great Jones street Chief Croker said last
uight that there were considerably fewer fires
yesterday than on the last Fourth of July. As
usual, the east side of Harlem had the largest
number. Five companies were . sent up there
from downtown, and they remained there all
day. - Dp to 111 1 »:::•• o'clock last night the chief
had been to only two fires, and neither proved
la be large.
"What do yam think the people would say."
asked the chief, "if axe got a law that would
absolutely stop all private fireworks and allow
only some jmblic exhibitions, handled by pro
fessionals? 1 think that during this year I'll try
to gel the Fire Commissioner to do something to
put a stoj) to all private sales. It would be a
pood thing, save lots of damage to property, lots
of injuries to people and not a few lives."
A.) day long the clang of the ambulance gong
vied for notice with the snapping of firecrackers.
the crackles of revolver shots and the heavier
i explosions of the big cannon crackers. Chfl
dien's eyes were blown but or filled with powder,
their lingers blown off or mutilated and their
tender bodies torn and burned by exploding
giant crackers and toy cannons. Others were
shot and killed by stray bullets or are now
under treatment for tetanus because of the
p'eces of wadding from blank cartridges in their
bodies. Few of the hospitals used up their sup
gply of tetanus antitoxin furnished by the Board
of Health, but a great many children received
the treatment. The Board of Health had twenty
calls for assistance, but treated only one person
sffth tetanus antitoxin.
Milton Cumming. eighteen years old, acciden
tally shot and killed his sister Jennie, at their
home at No. 'MM* Oltnvllle avenue. Williams
1 bridge, in the afternoon. Th- sister, who was
five years younger, was watching the boy shoot
ire at a target in the back yard of their home.
lisa she went into the barn, and as she passed
a small window almost in line with the target
the boy fired. The ballet hit the girl Just above
the left eye, killing her instantly. The boy was
nutated an a technical charge of homicide.
another rhlld was killed at play by a stray
bullet. Two italians were arrested for it.
Tony Faigo. six y?ars old, went up on his roof,
st No. J 70. West Houston str«-et, in the morning
to pay. His brother Joseph says that Hugo
Fridiuni anJ Bglbo Petrucci, two neighbors,
*«re on n, c . root at the same time and Bring
at a target with a email revolver. He says he
h-ard a shot ••■1 and th« n turned around to
Snl his brother lying dying .in the roof. Dr.
Quinn «.->m«- from Si Vincent*, but too late
Jo he!i» th-- bey. Tij<- two in' ii leafed using a
revolver, but a amd box with a bullet bole
tttniigt) it WT« found on lite roof.
*> v hil«- Giovanni Rosso, an Italian laborer in
Th« Bronx, was taking his workday cartridges
"ut of hi> ir-v.ilv.r preparatory t;. replacing
them with holiday Wanks, he <jiicrarge4_ the
gun by aU'Wcnt and the bullet went through
h«« rUjm. Kis wiSV v;:s out phopping at th
■ Uni- an! ] „h , .n r< . tU rn"d f.«ur.d him di ad on
• fci« b ..;
Th«- i;!-st dt-ath of the o*jy wns that of John
ten yc.ivs old. living s.l X<i. 3-'O West
*9th *tr. <t. He was throwing ,i. era. \een down
*"> ah>h;ift. and in watching the roii.'o- of Mr
«* tlv-j;, ;1( , ;t j, ji llt . oiirbiJanccd MtiUM !f and
iMSCSSSad ''■' t'..i.fl |>acr
■ i *"tl<:iiji inolv >-trinKtljeni:ji- i.i nourishing.
"\ ,:. liew ** •: £0.-: si Co.. 1^ i \*m til., -\e*v York.
T<»-daT. fair and warmer;
llffht southwest wind*.
Xine Balloons Race from Chicago —
Three Countries Represented.
[By Telegraph to The Tribune.]
Chicago, July 4. — Xine of the ten balloons
entered in the "Chicago to the Ocean" race
left here late this afternoon. The start, orig
inally scheduled for 3:30 o'clock, was delayed to
such an extent that the first balloon, the Field
ing, did not cast off its moorings until two
hours and fourteen minutes later. The others
rose at irregular intervals, the last to get away,
the mammoth Chicago, of 110.000 cubic feet
capacity, rising at 7:. r »0 o'clock. In rising the
basket of the Cincinnati became entangled in
a mass of wires, but was freed with no apparent
The balloon I Will failed to start. It had
shown wvenl defects when it was inflated for
a trial flight several days ago, and C H. Per
rigo. of Chicago, its owner, was unable to obtain
the necessary repairs in time for to-day's event.
He sailed instead in the Illinois, taking the place
of C E. Gregory, who had been scheduled to
accompany J. L. Case in that balloon.
All the balloons took a northeast by south
course from this city, sailing out over Lake
Michigan end being lost to view in the evening
mists. The breeze was fair. All expect to land
in Northeast Canada, and Leo Stevens, the New
Tork aeronaut, confidently expects both the
United States and the America to sail as far as
Labrador, beating all records.
The aeronauts will endeavor to beat the rec
ord of thf German balloon Pommern, which
made the flight from St. Louis to Asbury Park.
{•SO miles in an air line. The Chicago Aero
nautio.ue Club has offered two cups, one to the
balloon Jtmaining longest In the atf, and one
f< >r the longest flight measured by air line to
the point of descent. The contest Is of inter
national character, France and Canada being
The balloons and order of sailing follows: *
FIELDING. 70.000 cubic capacity, entered by the
Aero Club of Texas, piloted by Captain
Honeywell and Dr. F. .T. Fielding.
KING EDWARD. 65,000. by Aero Club of Canada.
Leopold Gregory (ten-year-old boy), and H. B.
Y11..1.K DE DIKPPE. 65.000. by Haul Lucier; George
Echoeneek and A. E. Mueller.
UNITED STATES. 70.000. by Aero Club of the
Northwest, St. Paul: Colonel A. P. Shirley.
CINCINNATI 87.000. by N. C. Keenan. of the
Aero Club of Cincinnati: Leslie Haddock and
George Howard.
AMERICA fiS.OOO. Aero Club of the Northwest.
Minneapolis; Captain P. S. Hudson and Lieu
tenant G. J Meade, U. S. Marine Corps.
COLUMBIA. 75.000, by the Federation of Ameri
can Aero Clubs, manned by c. H. Leichliter
and Captain N. Peterson.
ILLINOIS 72.000, by Aeronautinue Club of Chi
cago: .1. L. Case and C. H. Perrips.
CHICAGO 110.000. C. A. Coey. Aeronautlque
Club of Cliicago; C. A. Coey and C L. Bum
The balloon United States, two years ago won
the James Gordon Bennett cup from the cham
pion balloons of Europe.
Kalamazoo. Mich., July 4.— A large balloon,
supposed to be one of the Chicago racers, passed
over Kalamazoo at «:32 p. m., travelling in a
northeasterly direction.
Another Chicago balloon passed south of this
city at ft o'clock, travelling eastward at a con
piderable height.
Makes Official Flight of One Kilo
metre in Straight Line.
Hannnondsport. N. V.. July 4— The Aerial Ex
jieriment Association's Aerodrome .'!, the Curtiss
Jur.f- Bug. to-day earned the rifcht to have its
name first inscribed on the "Scientific Ameri
tan" trophy by making an official flight of one
kilometre in a straight line measured from the
point where it left the ground. After passing
the flag marking the finish the machine flew
six hundred yards further and landed at the
extreme edge of the field near the railroad track.
The June Bug crossed three fences and de
srrilx-d a letter "S" two thousand yards in
length all in one minute and forty-two and on'« -
half seconds at a speed of thirty-nino miles an
boor, which followed a nine hundred yard flight
in fifty-six seconds.
Bloib Producing Over a Month's In
sensibility Ends Fat all?/.
Charted Thompson, of Shore Road and "Oth
street. F',:iy Ridge, died in the Norwegian Bos-
pital y-.-t<rda> after being 1 , unconscious since
Memorial Day from the effects of a fractured
skull. Arthur Wirdell. twenty-nine yearn old.
a neighbor of Thompaon, wns rearrested later in
the day tnd h"!d on a charge uf homicide at the
Port Hamilton station.
Thomps? n w;is a clothing manufacturer in
Maiih.ut.ii. He was found at Second and Bny
Ridge itvnms <>n Hay 3<» with his skull tract-
■red. According to \Vardcll, who was arrested
at the time and th>'ii discharged. Thompson,
while drunk, accused him of stealing ISO n:id
attacked him. In attempting to ward off a.
blow be pushed Thompson, who fell heavily to
the ground. Thinking to avoid further trouble,
Wardell told the police, he huniid away.
Thompson was found SOon after and taken to
the Norwegian Hospital. Th.- surgeons kept
him alive by feeding him liquid foods.
His ease has attracted wide attention among
physicians- i
Big Crowd Sees Trco Serious Acci
dents at Long Branch.
fHy TflPftraph to The Tribune. ]
Long Branch. N. J., July 4. — Several sprious
accidents marre-d the first automobile track
meet held to-day under the auspices of the
Elkwood Park Automobile Association at Elk
wood Park. The accidents were due chiefly to
the showers, which made the track slippery on
the turns. The first mishap Avas in the first
mile of the 50-mile free-for-all race for the
Frederick Lewisohn cup. The 30-60-horse
power Steams, driven by Arthur Warren, and
the 30-horsepower Autocar came together on
the upper turn, the former turning turtle.
Warren had four ribs broken, while James
Crawford, his mechanician, had his leg broken.
The bone protruded through the skin, and his
leg will have to be amputated, it is feared.
In the twenty-ninth mile of the same race
Bert Bellows, driving the 35-horsepower Re
nault owned by M. R. Guggenheim, went
through the inner rail hardly twenty yards from
the place where the first accident occurred, and
Arthur Myers, his mechanician, was thrown
high in the air. His arm was broken by the
fall. The injured men were taken to the Long
Branch Hospital. *
A groan of agony went up from the five
thousand or more spectators when the Autocar
skidded. Warren was driving at terrific speed,
following clos"ly behin-1 Fisher at the time, and
went up the embankment in an effort to get by
him. bnt before he could do so the Autocar ran
Into the Ste'arris with such force that the
Steams car turned over and over. Crawford
was caught in the car in some mann-r, while
Warren was thrown out. Both Fisher and his
mechanician managed to hold their seats and
were not injured. The accident to the Renault
car was due to Bellows running too close to the
inner fence. About twenty feet of it was torn
Seven cars started in the race, which was won
easily by Ralph <}c Palma in a 40-horsepower
Allen-Kingston in 55:393-5. who led from the
sixth mile, with Harry Michener, in the 45
borsepower Lozier car, second. Michener fin
ished the race. William B. Anderson, in a ~>o
horsepower Welch car, had completed forty
four miles at the time the race ended and got
third place.
Barring the accidents, the races wore inter
esting. The 5-mile race for stripped stock
cars was won by Ralph de Palma in the same
All»n-Kingston car in which he won the fifty
mile race. He led all the way and* won in
t\'2:'24. Stewart Elliot, in the ."iO-horsepower
American, was second, in §3:012-5, and Arthur
"Warren, in the 30-60-horsepower Steams, third,
in 53:08 •-'-."..
The 10-mile "*ce for amateur drivers was
wop by Elliot in a 50-llorsepower American car
in 10:53. The car made a fine showing, lead
ing all the way. The 30-60-horsepower Steams
car, driven by James Doig, was sexond, in
1O:O7 2-.~>, and the 30-horsepower Packard run
. bout, driven by Thomas J. Scully, third, in
11 :42 .".-•"•.
Joseph Seymour made a mile time trial in
Walter Christie's front drive creation in «"»7 1-5
seconds. The track record is .".'$ seconds, made
by Cedrino in a Fiat car in I!H>.">. Ralph de
Palma, in the Allen-Kingston car, made a mile
trial in 1:01 2-S.
The races were scheduled to begin at 1 o'clock,
but a heavy shower before noon caused the offi
cials to postpone the start until an hour later.
Shortly before the l<X>-mile race for stripped
Stock cars or chassis was started rain came
down in torrents. This race was easily the best
of the day, and while it was going on Governor
Fort arrived at the park and took a box seat in
the grandstand. He left the course when the
race was half over. The racers fairly flew over
a course covered with water pools and slippery
mud. Some of the most daring driving of the
day was done in this contest between Al Poole,
wh«>*finished first in the <!0-horsepo\yer Isotta in
1:U0:2G4-5, and Ralph Do Palma. in the 40
borsepower Allen-Kingston. wh<> got second
place, only ten seconds behind. They took the
turns in a daredevil way, their machines skid
ding all over the track. The 4.V horsepower
Lozier. driven by Mlchener, was third High*
<ars started in th«- race, thr other five were as
follows: Percy Owens, 40-borsepower Bianchl;
\V. K. D. Stokes, Westfnghouse; I. K. Uppercus.
20-24-borsepower Cadillac; Harvey Monroe,
Pope-Toledo, and Stewart Elliot, 50-hor«epower
Am<rii an.
Boys Throw. Firecrackers and Ignite
Canvas Over Window.
Mischievous boys playing near the Post-
Gr«d!iai- Hospital; 20th street and Second ave
nue, restf-rOay afternoon, threw some giant fire
cr«Ht4Yfi nt '*>- ortir* window of Ann M. Rykert,
the superintendent. On* of 'be crackers?ex
ploded near the awning and set It afire.
Person* In the strret yelled to hospital at
taches, and the watchman threw a pall of water
on the blaze, extinguishing it. Several persons
in the < Tint, ndent's office were the only ones
inside vhe Institution that know of the the, ex
cept :th nurses, who were Instructed to be
vigilant. They found that none of the three
hundred patients had learned of the accident'
Pennsiflvania Committecman Furious
and Murphy Amazed.
[By Telegraph to The Tribune]
Denver, July 4. — Mr. Bryan probably has for
gotten all about the attractive line of harmony
talk he has been handing out at Lincoln and
which his friends have been bringing to Den
ver daily for the last week. When he was
called upon to address the Pennsylvania Bryan
League to-day, according to the reports which
were immediately telegraphed to Denver, he
paid all sorts of unkind things about the Key
stone State's national committeeman. Colonel
James M. Guffey, and finally described the col
onel as a bushwhacker put into his camp to
betray him.
The things which Colonel Guffey said to his
friends when he read the speech would not look
well in print. To the newspaper men the col
onel declared that he would say nothing for
publication until to-morrow evening, when he
would give out a statement which would "burn
the peerless leader up."
But as he grew more excited over the attack
Mr. Guffey consented to say "just a word or
two" for publication. He said: "Sixty per cent
of the delegates in this convention, if they were
not swayed temporarily by a morbid sentimen
tality, would be absolutely hostile to the nomi
nation of Bryan. They are under instructions,
and do not see their way clear to disobey those
instructions, but they feel that Bryan cannot
be elected, and they would like to see some one
else nominated. I will not say anything for
publication to-day." added the colonel, as he
continued to stride about his room; "but to
morrow afternoon I shall make a statement that
will bo exceedingly entertaining to the dele
Colonel Guffey has many friends in the con
vention and is particularly close to a largo num
ber of the delegates from New Tork. In con
nection with the publication of this attack an
interesting incident occurred which may have
some significance in deciding the question of
whether the fight against Mr. Bryan is to go on.
Since the arrival of Mr. Murphy and his fol
lowers yesterday it has been charged that the
Tammany man has been dickering with the
Bryan forces in order to strengthen his hand
agalnyt Senator Patrick H. McCarren. It was
said that in return for pledges of support In
his effort to keep the Brooklyn delegation out
Mr. Murphy was willing to vote the New York
delegation for Bryan. It was conceded that if
this is done the bottom will Immediately fall out
of the Bryan opposition.
Colonel Guffey called on Mr. Murphy to learn
whether the reports were true. If New York
Joined the Bryan forces he was ready to follow
the lead of that state and to release the delega
tions from other states who had pledged them
selves to aid in the anti-Bryan movement.
While Colonel Guffey was consulting with Mr.
Murphy an afternoon newspaper was brought
into the room by Daniel F. Cohalan. The paper
contained an account of Mr. Bryan's speech at
Lincoln, and Mr. Cohalan began to read the
article aloud. Neither Mr. Murphy nor Mr.
Guffey had seen it. Before Mr. Cohalan had
read half of the story Mr. Murphy took it out
of his hand and, beginning at the first, read it
to himself. He was amazed at the character of
the attack on Colonel Guffey.
He knew that Colonel Guffey had aided the
Bryan ticket in New York eight years ago when
the party in New York State was badly in
need of financial assistance. He completed the
reading and handed the paper to Colonel Guffey.
who then read the article. The Colonel was
apparently less surprised at the tone of the
speech than Mr. Murphy and Mr. Cohalan had
"So that is the man who wants to be elected
President on a Democratic harmony pro
gramme!" said Mr. Murphy, with some em
The situation was discussed at some length !>y
the three men. but no decision was reached. Col
onel Guftey felt encouraged, however, and will
continue to confer with delegations as rapidly a<
they arrive.
Immediately after the conference. Colonel Guf
foy was asked to make a reply to th.< Bryan
speech. He said:
'Not now, for I have not fully digested it. I
will not reply to-day nor to-night. I cannot say
now what I shall hnv<- to give out later. Pe~
haps nothing, and perhaps a great deal. No,
boys," be said, as he waved away a number of
newspaper men, "I guess you will hive to wait."
What jffect Bryan's attack on Colonel (Juffey
will haw on the situation here remains to be
soon, but further developments In thr- fight are
awaite.i with great Interest.
Six Dead and Thirty Hurt Alreadti
Taken /Vow Oakland Wreck.
Oakland, Cal . July 4.— The narrow gauge |.., .v
train bound from the Alameda Mole for Oak
land .struck a Santa Cruz train at Ist and
Webster streets this evening. The smoker of
the Saala Cruz train was completely demolish-^
ami all of its occupants were either kilted <>r m
Six dead nml thirty injured have alread> bnaa
takon from the wreck.
Report of Fiftij-six-Hour Battle in
Asuncion—Rebels Winning.
Buenos Ayres. July 4.— Although no official
advices have been received here regarding the
situation in Paraguay, private advices from
what is considered an authoritative source say
that street fighting in Asuncion has been going
on for fifty-six hours. It is reported also that
the revolutionists are receiving recruits from all
parts of the country.
These advices further report that more than
two thousand persons have been killed and
wounded, and that the government Is expected
to fall at any moment, owing to the demoraliza
tion of Us forces through heavy losses.
The principal railway has not been damaged,
but no trains are running, owing to the fact
that th<» railway employes are joining the in
surgents- The foreign legations and consulates
are shel* «!ng foreigners.
President's Son on Winning Team in
Gcneseo Sports.
Rochester. July 4.— Kermlt Roosevelt, SOB afl
the President, was the guest of Major Wads
worth at Geneseo to-day and took part in the
Independence Day sports, one of the features of
the Genesee Valley. In the contests Hermit
rode Playmate, one of the Wadsworth thorough
breds. He was on the winning team in the
cavalry fight.
In the manikin race the President's son got
a bad fall when at the far end of the field.
There was no one near to assist him, but he
quickly rose and dragged his manikin back to
the starting point, his horse having broken
away. He wa» badly shaken up, but received
no serious injury.
Mi/st cry in Death of C. 11 . Bond,
Cigar Manufacturer.
Lynn, Mass.. July 4.— lt became known to-day
that Charles H. Bond, president of Waitt A
Bond (Incorporated*, cigar manufacturers, of
Boston, was found dead in a bath tub at his
summer home, on Puritan Road. Swampscott,
last night. Dr. H. C. Low. who was summoned
by members of the family, called in Medical
Examiner Pinkham.
The Medical Examiner to-day signed the death
certificate, giving the cause of death as drown
ing, but declined to state whether he believed
the drowning was accidental or a case of sui
cide. Mr. Bond had invested heavily in real
estate in Boston and Washington recently, and
it is said that his ventures had caused him con
siderable anxiety. He lived at No. VJS Com
monwealth avenue, Boston, was sixty-one years
of age and leaves a wife and two daughters.
Found Too Late by Golfer in Sand
Heap at Hackensack. X. J.
Hackensack. N J.. July 4.-A three-months
old girl baby was found buried alive in the
Hackensack Golf Club grounds to-day by «-
President H. M. Bogert. who was participating
in the eontewl for the president's cup.
.Mr. Bogert's attention was called to a little
sand heap by b. vs. who thought they saw
something moving. He found a little foot pro
truding, and the sand being removed, the chitd
was disclosed Physicians worked over her for
several hours, but the baby died this evening.
A woman who came to Hackensack on th
midnight train from Jersey City last night with
a baby In her arms was seen walking toward
the golf grounds.
Philadelphia. July 4-In Independence Hall,
! where the. great document was signed which gave
the worM a new nation. Oklahoma, the youngest
state in the I'nion. at noon to-day dedicated with
■patriotic lilies a new fine containing forty-six
stars and presented it to the city of Philadelphia.
The flag was made by the "Betsy Rosses" of Okla
homa. The city of Philadelphia, in return for the
-compliment paid to the city where the nation was
born, dedicated a new flag made ir this city and
' officially presetted It to Oklahoma through the
committee which brought th. Oklahoma fl.iK to
The ceremonies were preceded by a street parade,
which ended at the "Cradle of Liberty" at 10 a. m.
Then followed the annual Independence Day exer
cises, under' the au«pices of th« city, which were
participated in b> the Oklahoma committee and the
society ft the descendants of the signers, which Is
holding Its annual session in the room where the
Declaration of Independence was signed. .
: Hv Telegraph to Th» Tribune. |
Ocean City. Md . July 4 —Bishop Alfred A Curtis.
of the Roman Catholic, diocese of Baltimore, and
former Bishop of Wilmington, Is critical!} 11] hero ■
, with cancer -of th« stomach. 4
He Is to Dictate Platform and
Chairman — Gray oraXczc York
Man for Second Place.
[By Telegraph to The Tribune. 1
Denver. July 4. — With the assembling of th» '
Democratic National Convention three days
away, William Jennings Bryan controls the ma
jority of the delegates and purposes to dictate
the platform and select the chairman of the na
tional committee. A coterie of "allies." com
posed of. the friends of Judge Gray, of Dela
ware: Governor Johnson, of Minnesota, aspir
ants for first place, and a group of thick and
thin antl-Bryanites. is busily engaged giving
out typewritten statements in which they have
no faith and Inspiring anti-Bryan predictions
which they realize are wholly unwarranted.
The selection of the candidate for second
place is still undetermined, and probably will
remain so until the fight over the platform,
which seems Inevitable, has been decided, but
It is obvious that no candidate can be chosen
who does not have the Indorsement of the Ne
braskan/ Mr: Bryan has plainly indicated Ms
preference for Judge Gray as his running mate.
Those who know the Delaware Jurist best insist
that he will not accept the nomination/ white
the Bryanites still hope to crowd him into con
senting. It is further asserted that if Judge
Gray cannot be forced to run the nomination
1 will be cheerfully accorded to Xew York, pro
vided the Empire State delegation can unite on
a candidate. A -, large assortment of Vice-
Presidential timber Is on the ground, or ably
represented, m<><^ of which will not be seriously
considered. Among the anti- Bryanites Judge
Gray. John W. Kern, of Indiana, and Archibald
McNeil, mayor of Bridgeport. Conn., are said to
be the strongest candidates for second place,
with special emphasis on Gray.
The chief platform fight will be over the anti
junction plank, which Mr. Bryan is determined
to make so radical that the Eastern delegates
are convinced it will alienate the support of
every business man. The Bryanites declare
that their candidate is not going to command
the support of the business men anyway, and!
that his platform cannot be too radical, as he
must rely for his strength on the extremists of
both parties, hoping to alienate from Mr. Taft
that element of the labor vote which normally
supports the Republican ticket.
The most extraordinary feature of this gather
ing is the number of men. who. talking confi
dentially, admit that the chances of electing
the man they expect to nominate are extremely
remote. Many of the Democratic leaders be
lieve that with a ticket headed by Johnson and
Gray or Gray and Johnson the- could win. al
ways provided that Bryan would sincerely sup
port the ticket. But they realize that were it
possible to nominate any other candidate than.
Bryan the Xebraskan would damn him with
faint praise and. while skilfully avoiding any
thing on which the charge of treason could be
proved, would prevent the election of his suc
cessful rival.
Moreover. Mr. Bryan controls a majority of
the delegates, and even the men who regard
his defeat as inevitable have come to believe
that future success for the Democracy can bo
assured only by permitting his nomination and
consequent defeat, while they hope against
hope for victory "by a scratch."
Charles F. Murphy, the Tammany leader,
when he heard to-day that the Bryan men were
confident of his falling into line on the first
ballot grew angry and said: "I notice in the
papers that certain persons are going around
delivering the New York delegation to Bryan.
Gray. Johnson, or any one else.. and it stands
just where it stood when I stated a few days
ago that we were coming to Denver to meet and
talk with the delegates from the other states.
Any statement to the contrary si unauthorized
and unwarranted." Despite this disclaimer,
however, evidences are multiplying that the
Tammany men will fall into line for Bryan on. .
the first ballot. -
All good Bryanites stop at Lincoln on their
way to Denver, and there receive from their
leader Instructions regarding the platform. Mr.
Bryan's choice of Governor Hasketl of Okla
homa for chairman of the committee on reso
lutions I* clearly indicative of hi* determination
to make the platform as radical as possible, but
he is deitrmlned even to "out-Herod Herod.'*
and insists on an anti-Injunction pronounce
ment, demanding a statute more elaborate and
perhaps more radical than the provision of. th«.
Oklohoma constitution.
No man could mistake the fact that he was
in a cratic gathering. Wild- vision
aries harangue their friends and neighbors In
the lobbies of the hotels, and great quantities
of liquid refreshment add to the liveliness. If
not to the dignity, of the assemblage. Oklahoma
has sent to Denver a delegation compared to
which Colcnel Cecil Lyons and his sombreros*
associates from Texas would resemble a group
of "tendej f eet." Tammany has contributed to
the gayety of the gathering a galaxy at

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