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also refused. Culberson, of Texas,
Was offered it. He refused.
Then OUie James, Ky., was
unanimously selected, and when
tiie committee asked where he
Was that they might ask if he
YOuld accept, they were told he
was in his. room writing his
speecji, apparently on a tip from
the Bryan side of the room.
j James was instructed by Champ
Clark, but for all of that he is a
progressive all the way through,
and his speech will bristle pro
gressiveism. While all this was going on, the
convention itself was having a
good time. The delegates began
o drop in by twos and three
about 1 1 :30. Most of them took
off their coats and collars.
At 12 :05, Parker, looking very
sleepy, called the convention to
Qrder, The Rt. Rev. John Gar
diner Murray, of Baltimore, de
livered the invocation.
InThe convention officers were
added to "by a host of regular po
licy today. Evidently the steam
roller crowd felt that that instru
ment needed a guard.
5As soon as the convention open
ed, all business was adjourned un
til 8 o'clock, and "oratory" was
Former Governor Joe Folk, of
Missouri, opened the "oratory"
by referring to Bryan as "the
greatest teacher in the history of
e United States," thus getting
1 and prolonged cheers.
nator Raynor, Md., was the
"orator." He talked about
leople tearing the mask from
who robbed them.'
None of the bosses, not even
Thomas Fortune Ryan, so milch
as blushed. Evidently they're,
used -to it.
Rep. 'Clayton, Ala., was, next.
He said he did not know who the
candidate of the convention
This started things, of course.
Wilson, Harmon, Underwood,
and Clark men all jumped to their
feet to tell Clayton just who -the
candidate would be.
Parker, red in the face, began
hammering with his gavel No
one paid any attention to. him.
Col.. Martin, sergeant-at-arms,
with the sWeat pouring from his
massive broto, yelled that if the
delegates didn't sit down he
"would make them'
This idea seemed to strike the
delegates as highly humorous,
and they kidded Martin, and yell
ed louder than ever.
The Wilson men began sing
ing "Oh, WoodroW Wilson" to
the tune of "Mister Dooley."
One-delegate grabbed a huge
umbrella, raised it and started a
march through the aisles. The
Tand began playing all the old
Southland tunes until it reached
"Dixie." (When "Dixie" came
the shouting was so loud you
couldn't hear the band.
Thomas P. Riley, Mass., said
the fight was now "between the
dollar and the enfranchised
At 2:18 the convention ad
journed until -8 o'clock, when it
was expected the credentials
committee will report.
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