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Began His Career at the Age of J 6 Years as a
School Teacher to Enable Him to Continue
His Law StudiesSteadily Arose in His
Profession Until His Election as Chief
Judge of the New York Court
of Appeals.
Chief Judgo Alton Brooks Parker, tlio
Democratic nominee for President of the
United State. was born nt Cortland, N.
V.. May 14, 1S52, and is the son of John
Brooks Parker and Harriet F. Etratton.
His ancestors for several generations were
residents of Massachusetts, his great
grandfather, John Parker, having served
for three years In the War of the Hcvo
lutlon. .
His early education was obtained In the
academy and normal school at Cortland,
where his parents resided. At the age of
It he commenced teaching in order to ob
tain money to enable him to continue at
rchool. after which ho adopted the law as
a profession.
But It -was by no means all plain sailing.
His family was not in affluent circum
stances, and it became necessary for him,
besides working on the farm during the
summer, to obtain other employment In
order to enable him to attend the acad
emy and normal school, as w ell as the law
This he did not hesitate to do; any hon
orable employment was eagerly sought.
The winter after he was 16 he started out
to secure his first employment as a teach
nr. After a thirteen-mile drlvo and nu
merous disappointments ho was engaged
by the trustees of a Virgil Township
echool In his homo county. Later he en
tered the normal school, and the follow
ing winter taught a school In tho neigh
borhood of Blnghamton.
Tho next winter Professor J. H. Hooso,
the principal of tho Cortland Normal
Bchool. received an application from a
school In Accord, Lister County, for a
principal of a school, with wages at S3 a
day, and he asked joung Parker to take
It. He was only too glad of the oppor
tunity, and after teaching about seven
months ho entered the ofllco of Schoon
maker & Hardcnburgh as a law student.
Soon after entering Mr. Schoonmakcrs
office, the latter, who was then serving
his second term as County Judge, was de-fci-d
fo v e-'ectlon after a hard catn-"l-n
pnrt was so disheartened that he
decided to withdraw altogether from poll
tics. Believing tint his patron was un
duly discouraged and that he was still
very strong with the people, j oung Parker
arranged for Mr. Schoonmaker's nomina
tion for State Senator In 1S73 and prevailed
upon him to accept.
The young lawyer so well managed tho
campaign that Mr. Schoonmaker was
elected by a large majority and his pres
tige In politics fully restored, for he "vas.
In 1S77. elected Attorney General, rejinm
lnated in 1S79. nominated for Judge of the
Court of Appeals In 1S30, and subsequently
appointed Interstate Commerce Commis
sioner by President Cleveland.
In the year 1S77 young Parker's prom
inence and popularity In his party brought
him forward as. the party's candidate for
the office of Surrogate, then held by a
most able and popular Republican lawyer
of the county. He was nominated In a
hot'y contested convention, and, notwith
standing his opponent for the candidacy
bolted his nomination, he -was elected, be
ing the only candidate elected on the
TIj nomilarltv with the voters nns still
ore strikingly shown In 1SS3, when, after
hiving served six ycjra as Surrogate, lie
WVs re-elected to the office by a majority
J,W Ul e tvii wtcvi W,WW LUlill at
competitor Judge William lawton who?
popularity as County Judge had carried
the county twice successively by large
majorities, and again he was the only
candidate on the Democratic ticket who
was elected.
In 1SS1 he was a delegate In tho con
vention nominating Mr. Cleveland and In
1SS3 a delegate to the convention nom
inating David B. Hill for Goveror. In
this State campaign ho was placed at
tho head of the State Executive Commit
tee, and had personal charge of the cam
paign. Largely owing to Parker's masterful
work the entire State Democratic ticket
was elected by pluralities ranging be
tween 11,000 and 12,000. During the tlmo he
held tho position of Surrogate he car
ried on a large general law practice and
was actively at work In the trial of causes
and tho argument of appeals.
In 1W6 Judge Theodoric It. Westbrook
of Ulster County died, leaving the Su
preme Court Justiceship for the Third Ju
dicial District vacant. Governor Hill, at
tho urgent request of leading Democrats
of Ulster County, appointed Parker to the
vacancy. He entered at once upon the
duties of his office, at the close of which
he received the unanimous nomination of
the Democratic party for Justice for the
full term.
The Republican lawyers of the district
brought such Influence to bear upon the
leaders of their party that no opponent
was named against Judge Parker, and he
was unanimously elected for a period of
fourteen years' service.
In 1S37 tho fortunes of the Xew Tork
Democracy wore apparently at the lowest
ebb. Tho Republicans had carried the
State for McKInley by I63.9 plurality.
But an election for Chief Judge of the
Court of Appeals was due, and to the
Democrats the contest seemed a forlorn
hope. The State Convention of ISM had
by resolution directed the nomination to
be mado by the State Committee, as It was
tho only State offlco to be tilled that year.
Several candidates were mentioned for
the place, and nil were balloted for in the
committee. It being understood that no
name would be acceptable unless the per
son had supported the regular nominee of
tho party made at Chicago the year before
for President. Upon the fifth ballot Judge
Parker was nominated, and was triumph
antly elected by a majority of 60,680. mak
ing a change of 329,Wi8 votes in a single
year. That victory completed a record of
uninterrupted successes at the polls be
gun In Ulster County twenty years before.
Judgo Parker rejoices In his judicial ca
reer. If it was to be all of public service
that he might be called upon to render he
would not complain. The work Is not
drudgedy to him. With a taste for and a
thoroughly established habit of labor, and
with a strong and sustaining sense of duty
to be performed toward the peole as they
are represented In the work of the Court
of Appeals, his .task is a delight rather
than a burden. This is made kno.wn In a
way better appreciated by the lawyers of
the Stats than by the laity. When Parker
bocame Chief Judge the calendars of the
Court of Appeals were clogged. This
ulocKadc was traditional, and there
seemed to be no hope that butiness would
ever be less tbin threo years behind time.
This appe.ireo. in view of the magnitude
of some of the terests Involved, to be a
substantial deniallf Justice, for which a
remedy should be .fcught and applied. It
could not be found and made operativ In
a day, but the reform has been tffected.
Formerly the court met at noon, sat for
two hours and then took a recess.
During the receis the Judges dined,
some of them fully satlsfjing ery ca
pable judicial appetites. After recess and
dinner the Judges mtt to consult about
cases, and sometlTics they dozed. Natur
ally, the work in consultation drjRged. To
securo to the most important work of the
court the best hours of tho day and tho
unimpaired freshness of the judicial mind
a change was made
works reform iv
haulig cam:s.
The Judges mett nround the consulta
tion table at 10 In tho morning. From 10
until 1 they give their minds to the round
table discussion of cas-s that brings out
the best knowledge and experience to be
obtained. An hour Is then taken for rest
and luncheon not dinner and at that re
past the faro Is for most of tho Judges
frugal in tho extreme.
At 2 o'clock the court sits to hand down
decisions or -to listen to applications or
arguments on briefs. The sitting Is pro
longed until 6 o'clock. Not to "about" 6.
but until the very striking of the hour,
if ono argument is closed at 6.45, and
counsel in tho next caso proposes to open
next day. tho Chief Judge will kindly but
firmly sugge-t. "But jou have time to
state our case to-night." and the case
goci on.
The opinion of Chief Judge Parker In
the celebrated case of the National Pro
tective Association of Steam Fitters and
Helpers against James M. Cummlngs, dc
cMed April 1, ISO.!, was one of tho most
Interesting of recent decisions by the
court and will be referred to by labor or
ganizations In all discussions of Judge
Parker as a cand'date.
This was a case Involving the right of
men to strike without furnishing cause of
action against themselves by securing the
discharge of men objected to by them
when they struck. The review of the facts
and references cited to make tho Issue
gave Judge Parker an opportunity to re
lew the law and the established doc
trines governing the relations of cmploj
er and the employed, and he found that
the principles had been established of the
right of an organization to strike by pro
arrangement, to redress grievances, to se
cure higher wages, shorter hours of labor,
improved relations with emplnjers. to
securo lawful benefit to members of the
organization, the employment of more
competent workmen, and to orotect cm
ployed persons from the recklessness and
sicgligcnce of cmplojers.
Years havo dealt gcntlv with him, giv
ing hlra vigor without excess of flesh or
loss of endurance and elasticity. He is
about 5 feet 10 inches In height, very
broad and deep across shoulders and
chest, narrow and trim at the waist, and
has a quick, springy and alert step. His
head Is set upon a strong and well-molded
neck, and It is a head with a good
dome, well tl'Icd across the brow and cov
ered with a rather closely cropped thatch
of hair that Is red rather than brown.
In repose, the Jaw suggest firmness al-
Sl'XDAI. MORNING. JULY 10, 1904.
Quiet railroad stopping place which in tho last few months has
most to severltj, the full sauare chin com-
pletlrg a face Indicating in Its strong
lines a miml behind it of resolution. The
mouth Is ample and complementary In Its
firm lines to tho chin below It, nnd it is
partly veiled by a lgorojs and well
trained mustache that is somewhat coarso
Parker's Daughter, "the Woman of the Convention,'
Through AII-Night Session, Overjoyed at the
Ovations Given Her Father.
"God bless Missouri's delegates for their
vote! We have won! I am so happy, so
happy!" were tho first words uttered by
tho Woman of the Convention when Gov
ernor Dockery announced that the Mis
souri delegation, at the request of its hon
ored son. Senator Cockrell, cast Its vote
for Judge Alton B. Parker. It was the
Missouri vote that made the nomination of
tho New York Judgo unanimous on the
first balot.
Never was the crowning ambition of a
woman's life gratified In a more g'.orlous
manner than was that of Mrs. Charles
Mercer Hail of New York City, who was
"The Woman of tho Convention." Mrs.
Hall is tho only daughter of Judge Alton
IS. Parker, the presidential nominee of the
D mocratlc party. Mrs. Hall sat and stood
tho whole night through Friday at the
Coliseum and she drank In every word
that was said, at times flushing with prido
and happiness, as some ovation was tend
ered to the name uf her father, or ut
others paling with suppressed Indignation
or apprehension for the result as the
name of some other candidate was pre
sented or some censuring remark was
aimed at her beloved father.
Mrs. Hall came Into the Coliseum at
7:45 o'clock and was escorted, along with
Mrs. Daniel Manning, whose guest she
was, to Mrs. Manning's box at the south
east corner of the great hall. Thre this
slender little woman stayed tho night
through, seeing the daylight wane into
darkness through the windows across
from her, and again peeing the rosy dawn
come forth in the early morning hour
when her. father was, by acclaim, placed
in nomination for the bight st office with
in the gift of tho people of the United
It was a magnificent moment, and as I
become famous.
i and bristly and certainly red
The check
bones aro prominent, but they are health
fully rounded.
A woman would at onco envy him for
his clear red and white complexion, that
shows there Is blood In his veins, and that
It courses freely. The cheerful and grace
-Mrs. Charles M. Hill.
sat In the box with hsr and saw her color
come and go, saw her pale and flush, saw
her tho center of nearly 2,00i) pairs of
eves, I thought that If ever woman was
supremely happy. It should have been
Mrs. Hall at that time. Few women have
stood as she stood and had thousands and
thousands of men and women pass her by
and grasp her hand and utter words of
congratulation, as she had from 6.40
o'clock In the morning, when her father
was nominated, for an hour or more
She sat in the oenter of the box, with'
Mrs. Manning on her right and Mrs.
Montgomery on her left, her husband, the
Reverend Charles Mercer Hall, back of
her, and her uncle. Fred H. Parker, her
father's only brother, standing outside of
the box In front of her. Thus she was
surrounded by friends and loved ones ea
gerly waiting the words that would honor
her father.
Before the convention convened a man
wearing a Cockrell badgo stopped and
shook hands with tho Woman of the Con
vention. He gave her a Cockrell badge,
siylng: "After Judge Parker la nomi
nated for President won't you please wear
this as a tribute to the Missouri delega
tion and to Missouri's favorite son7"
Mrs. Hall took the badge and gave the
man her promise, which she faithfully
kept; for as soon as Missouri's vote was
cast for her father she pinned the white
badge bearing the name "Cockrell" beside
tho one she was wearing of her father.
From the time Chairman Champ Clark
called the meeting to order, she was all
attention. When Martin W. Littleton
m,tde the sneecn nominating her fathtr
she leaned forward In the box. but she
did not utter a word. Her husband and
her friends applauded the speaker, but
the woman and the man most Interested
were dumb with Intense -happiness. How
like axe the niece and the uncle, 'lb
ful manner is that of a oung man who
is not preoccupied with bodily Ills or con
cern about the Impression ho shall make.
When he speaks it is with a full, clear
and pleasing voice, with a habit of pro
nunciation doubtless caught and brought
nlong from his bovhood, with careful
enunciation, but without a command of
language that Indicates a regard for pre
cise terms without suggesting pedantry.
All his lifo ho has enjoyed vigorous
health, and ho has appreciated tho boon
so highly as to give up a share of each
day to the preservation of It. While he
can and doc3 work more hours each day
than most laborers, he enjojs his labor as
fullv and a; heartily as his recreation.
While In Albany, during tho sessions cf
the Court of Appeals, ho keeps up his
home practices for his health's sake, for
It Is his custom to rido horseback from 7
to S o'clock each morning, with or with
out a companion. Then ho takes an hour
for breakfast and li's newspaper, and at
10 o'clock he is In his private offlce at tho
Capitol, ready to Join his associates In
consultation over cnes.
Ho has been so long a dweller In Albany
that ho has hosts of friends and is much
sought as a guest at dinner. His Albany
residence Is In a hotel, and his home Is at
F.sopus. a short distance from Kingston,
whero ho began tho study of liw and
where ha grew up to a man's estato
among old friends.
met ins -virn WHILE
Whllo Judge Parker was teaching school
In Rochester village, before he had gained
tho right to practice law, he met Man L.
Schoonmaker, tho daughter of Moses L.
Schoonmaker, of Accord. The acquaint
ance ripened rnd when tho joung lawjer
could see his way clear to supporting a
wife they wcro married.
Tor many vears Judgo Parker had de
sired to secure a country homo of his own
directly on the banks of tho Hudson, am
ple, retired, jet within convenient dis
tance of Kingston, his daughter and his
grandchildren. Not long ago he was ena
bled to realise his long-cherished with.
An opportunity was presented to him to
purchase on estato of ninety acres on the
river bank at Esopus. Upon this large
tract, and at tho top of a bli.fr slop
ing to tho river. Is a substantial and
porches and by fine old trees. Tho front
samo color of eves, the rich, reddish
brown color, the same mouth, that has
the habit of parting in a h-ilf smile, and
the eves take on the same hippv look
when pleased, the Eamo Intense natures
that express their emotions through tho
glad light In their eves
At the close of Mr Littleton a nominat
ing speech tho audience went wild nnd
shouted the name of Judge Parkr. Mrs.
Hall's husband nnd friends cheered and
waved flags frantically, but the Woman of
tho Convention on.y stood upon a chair
and waved her little silk flag and liughed
a happj- glrllh laugh and looked on the
silent, broad-shouldered man who smiled
back at her with eves the eoler of her
own. She was almost hysterical with Joy.
When the delegates from the States that
v ero for her father took their standards
and marched around the hall, as they
passed her she reached forward and shook
hands with many of them.
"Oh, they don't know him," she said In
almost a whisper, when a speaker at
tacked Judgo Parker's loyalty to tho par
ty. "They don't know how loyal ho is."
Then sho leaned forward and conversed
a few minutes with her uncle. Outside of
acknowledging introductions or accepting
the good wishes of the people who came in
large numbers to the box. tho only person
she spoke to was her uncle, Mr. Walker.
Through the entire night ho stood leaning
against tho box directly In front of her,
and frequently when tho audience were
shouting for some other candidate she
leaned forward and they engaged In ear
nest conversation. I could not hear what
was cold, but ho seemed to be explaining
to her tho workings of the convention.
And when her face paled with suppressed
emotion at some charge made against her
beloved father, her u.icle seemel to whis
per consoling words to her.
When Chairman Champ Clark mado tho
nominating speech for Senator Cockrell and
tho house went raving mad, and the Coli
seum was a sea of fluttering flags, she
turned to her husband and h.iid:
"Is not this an Inspiring and patriotic
sight? It Is the greatest thing I have over
seen. It Is a very Impressive testimony
to Senator Cockrell."
She stood up on a chair and waved for
the Missouri Senator as enthusiastically
as she did for her father. She seemed
Just a trifle apprehensive, lest tho wild
applause for Missouri's favorite on would
take the convention off Its feot by Etorm
and turn the tldo Cockrellwise. Yet she
bravely waved her flag, her face growing
graver with each outburst of applause
for Senator Cockrell. Senator Cockrell was
the only candidate sho cheered besides her
father, nnd her manner seemed to say
that If her father did not receive tho great
gift, she preferred that It should go to an
honorable man like Senator Cockrell.
Tho only tlmo she seemed to be con
scious of herself, or that people were look
ing at her, was when sho whispered to
her husband and asked if her hair was
loose In tho back.
"Just a trifle," replied her husband. "It
Is scarcely noticeable."
She removed her back comb, and care
fully combed ud the loose hair and re
placed tho comb, then she tucked up the
r'scoUdng locks" that formed little curls
on the back of her necTc.
At half-past 2 o'clock In the morning
Sam B. Cook, Secretary of Stats of Mis
souri, and Al Morrow, secretary to Gov
ernor, Dockery, brought to tho box . e.
age on tho Hudson River Is liberal, and
the view commanded by the house Is ex
commodlous mansion, shaded by generous
tensive and charming. The property ex
tends back half a mile to tho edge of
Esopus village.
Rosemount Hall, as tho house is called.
Is a etately mansion, built for comfort
rather than for show, yet not with disre
gard of appearances.
There Is rest and play as well as work
at Rosemount Hall. Thcro 13 the farm to
be looked after, a herd of blooded cattle
to bo Interested In, crops to be con
cerned about, Isbor to bo directed, neigh
bors to bo visited and cultivated, horse
back rlde3 and drives to bo taken, and
quite as Important as. nny of these the
grandchildren to be played with.
On tho side of his affections the Judge
need3 no urging. To be neighborly Is to
bo natural with him. Ho likes people and
always has delighted In human compan
ionship and association.
Boy ard man he his been to those
amongiwhom ho has grown up the same
gentle, courteous. hlt;h-mindc(l neighbor
and friend. His fondness for the country
extends co the country people, and It Is
reciprocated. No farmer in Ulster Coun
ty thinks of Judgo Parker as the sever
magistrate when ho Is at home. To his
summer neighbors ho Is only the man
they havo loved a3 he rose from place to
place with added honor, without erasing
to bo the cordial and democratic friend.
Judgo Parker Is not a hunter. He some
times goes out with a gun, but for stroll
ing far and wide rather than for any set
tled purpose of killing. As an excuse for
tramping in the fresh air and through the
green wocdw he considers the pastime tol
erable. His fishing 13 as full of philosophy
as was that of Izaak Walton: but he does
not tell fish stories, fo may be set down
as not en enthushvtla angler.
From time to time, since he began to b
Influenced In politics by the statesmanship
of Samuel J. Tilden and the sagacity oj
such men as Daniel Manning, ho has
talked and svoken from the platform on
politics and the civic duties Imposed upon
nil citizens. Ills early advancment to
the bench took him off the platform at a
tlmo when great questions were being
considered, so thnt his possible contribu
tions to the mass of argument on the tar
iff, finance and expansion have been lost,
for he has a fine respect for tho tradition
that forbids a Judiciary from strenuous
participation In political struggles.
luncheon, which consisted of hot tamales,
him sandwiches and Wienerwurst sand
wiches It vv.v) Mrs. Hall's ilrst experi
ence with the hot tamale, and after open
ing it she looked at It rather gingerly
and passed It. taking instead n ham
Findwich. The gentleman apologized for
the lunch, but said It was the best they
could do at thnt timo of tho morning.
"O, thli sandwich Is delicious, and
very acceptable, I assure you. The lunch
eon Is fit for a Queen." replied Mrs. Hall
"Fit for a Queen, but not what I would
like to give our future President's daugh
ter." said Mr. Cook.
Mrs. Hall smiled. I wish I could de
scribe her ecs when sho smiles. They
seem to gather nil tho sunbeams, they
grow so bright and happy.
When the ballot was being cast she ea
gerly listened to every w ord that was said,
counting each vote for and against her
cause. Not quite enough: then Idaho
switched. Not quite enough yet; West Vir
ginia followed. Not quite enough yetr-Ah!
what was the man from Missouri saying.
"At the request of Senator Cockrell, Mis
souri casts her vote for " all was deatn-
lv still so much depended upon the nam
tnat would foilow; every ear was strainea
to catch tho name. The Woman of the
Convention Ieanert forward with clenched
hinds her heart had nlmost stopped beat
ing "Missouri casts her entire vote for
Judgo Alton P. I'arker of " thcre3t of
tho sentenco was drowned in tho deafen
ing npplauso.
"Uncle Fred, we have won. God bl5
tho Missouri delegates for their votes!"
cried the Woman of tho Convention, and
again the hippy, almost hysterical, laugh
rang out above the roar and din. Thou
sands of persons began crowding forward
to congratulate her, but sho turned to her
husband, "Father" Hall. "Charles." she
said, "a pencil and paper, pleaso. I must
wire father." Her husband gave her the
pencil and paper, and sho wrote:
"Wo havo won. Congratulations from
Robert rreyer of Buffalo, brother of
Mrs. Daniel Manning, rushed off to send
tit" message
"I am so happy I could not read your
paper, my iUot boy. I know all about
the convention, I havo been here all
night," she said, as she shook hands with
a newsboy who offered her an "extra;
all about the convention."
"Say, but ain't sho a lady, sure nuff,
a shakln' hands wld me, and her the
daughter of d man what's goin to be da
Proeldent. I won't shake hands wld no
body else, nur wash dat hind never." said
the newsboy, as he looked where the lit
tle white glovo had rested, he looked to
eee If it had left any of its whiteness on
his hand.
Oh. but you must shake hands and be
friendly with everybody, and -you must
wash your hands, or else I won't shako
hands with you tho next tlmo wo meet,"
laughed Mrs. Hall.
After much handshaking tho party en
tered Mrs. Manning's carriage, and they
were driven to her home at No. 4330 Ber
lin avenue. In reDly as to whether Mrs.
Hall would be at home Saturday afternoon
to visitors, .Mrs. planning saia:
"No, Indeed, sho won't; she will be at
home In bed. Sho Is badly In need of
Truly, the Woman of the Convention la
tho happiest woman In, all thesa United
States, -

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