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The SEATTLE REPUBLICAN
VOL. VII NO. 2
BARKER - GARFIELD
Combination That Won the Presi
dential Nomination In 1880—
Wharton Barker Engineered
the Scheme and Landed His
Man Garfield Knew of the
Plans Though He Was Sup
porting John Sherman—Bark
er's Father Makes Trouble By
Innocently Telling Sherman of
the Plans.
If reports be true Wharton
Barker is no novice at politics, in
other words, vulgarly speaking, he
knows his business. He has been
nominated for the vice presidency
on the Middle-of-the-road Popu
list ticket and he says he is going
to get a million and a half votes.
He figured one time in Republican
politics as may be seen from the
following report of which Barker
himself quite approves of:
Wharton Barker of Pennsyl
vania, the Presidential candidate
of the middle-of-the-road Popu
lists, claims to have been the
organizer of the campaign which
made General Garfield the Repub
lican candidate for president in
1880, and he says that the cam
paign began in 1879, a year
the convention, and that Garfield
was a party to the movement from
the beginning, notwithstanding
his position in the convention as
the manager of Senator John
Sherman's campaign. Mr. Bark
er's account of Garfield's nomina
tion, which he asserts is the true
history of that remarkable conven
tion and nomination, is given in
the following interview :
afternoon, and it is as follows:
"I began work in the fall of
1879 on my plan to have General
Garfield nominated by the Repub
licans at Chicago in 1880," he said.
"I saw that the fight was going to
be a terrible and fruitless one
between the forces of General
Grant and the late James G.
Blame, and that the convention
would be overrun with favorite
sons from different states. Thus
anticipating a deadlock, I believed
that a dark horse could win, and I
communicated my belief to Gen
eral Garfield. He thanked me for
my interest and readily agreed to
whatever plan I could put into
operation for his benefit. I com
municated with many men through
out the country and found con
siderable sympathy with my pro
ject. In the spring of 1880 the
fight between the forces of Grant
and Blame had grown still more
bitter, and everything had worked
smoothly toward the selection of
General Garfield.
"Among those quietly in favor
of General Garfield at that time
was President Hayes himself. I
have two letters from him showing
this. 1 soon ascertained that
there would be a break in the
Pennsylvania delegation; that it
would not regard as binding the
unit rule instructions secured from
the Pennsylvania state convention
by Senator Cameron, and at the
proper time there would also be a
break in the New York delegation.
"One thing that bothered me a
great deal was how to get the
name of General Garfield before
the convention. Among the dele
gates to the convention, however,
were a banker named Greer, one
of my correspondents in Pennsyl
vania, and Caleb Taylor, at that
time a Representative from Penn
sylvania. Greer agreed to quietly
vote for Garfield on every ballot
from the first one he cast, and
Taylor to spasmodically vote for
Garfield. This gives the history
of the one vote, and at times two
votes, received by General Gar
field.
"About the time that everything
was satisfactorily arranged John
Sherman, who was then Secretary
of the Treasury, went to Phila
delphia to make a speech before
the stock exchange. He became
the guest of my father, and in
quired of |my father if there was
anything interesting in politics.
My father, without thinking of the j
trouble that might be made, stated
that everything had been arranged
for springing the name of Garfield
on the Chicago convention and
securing the nomination. I hap
pened to be in Washington that
day. Early the next morning I
received an imperative note from
General Garfield to call at once
at his home, i went there imme
diately, and was met at the door
by General Garfield himself.
'The fat's in the fire,' was the
first thing he said to me when the
<Joor was opened, and I knew at
once that something unusual had
happened. 'Sherman has heard
the whole thing,' said Garfield,
'and came to my house at I
o'clock this morning to ask me
about it He requested me to
make the speech nominating him
at the Chicago convention, and I
promised that I would do so.'
"I saw at once that there had
been a blunder, and I told General
Garfield to go ahead and loyally
support Secretary Sherman,
also informed him that I did not
expect to speak to him again
about the matter or to see him in
any way, but that I would go ahead
in my own fashion and carry out
the programme I had outlined.
From that day until the conven
tion I did not speak to General
Garfield, and he was not at all
cognizant of the work that was
done in his behalf.
"When the convention rolled
around it was apparent to all
those present that neither Grant
nor Blame could be nominated and
that a break would come sooner or
later. I began work with the
Wisconsin delegation, a member
of which was Henry C. Payne,
now the national commiteeman
from that state. They agreed that
when they saw that there was no
chance for Blame they would
break on the end of a ballot and
support Garfield. I next saw A.
D. Straight of Indiana. He con
ferred with Benjamin Harrison
and they agreed that at the proper
time they would also break for
Garfield. I was to let them know
when the time had arrived.
When this had all been arranged
the question was to get Garfield
before the convention to make a j
speech of some kind. I saw Gar- {
field and told him that when a
suitable opportunity arose for a
speech I would arise and give him
a certain signal that I desired him
to respond to by making the best
speech in his power. This oppor
tunity came after Conkling's
famous speech in tho convention-
Conkling had to be responded to
by somebody and I had confidence
that Garfield was the man who
could do it. I gave him the
signal. He was recognized by
Senator Hoar, who was presiding
and made the speech which
brought him still more popularity
than he had before. His speech
literally wiped Conkling off his
feet.
"The balloting continued from
Wednesday until Saturday with
out change. The time had ar
rived to spring the final effort for
Garfield. I got on the train and
came to Washington at once,
reaching here Sunday afternoon.
I went immediately to President
Hayes and told him that Secretary
Sherman must withdraw his name
from the convention. President
Hayes said he did not know
whether he could get Sherman to
do so, but he would send for Car
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 1900.
Schurz, who could probably ac
complish the work. Schurz went
to see Secretary Sherman and
before midnight Sherman had
promised to withdraw his name
"He did so by telegraph that
night. I then telegraphed to all
of Garfield's friends and^sent word
to the Ohio delegation that on the
third or fourth ballot on Monday
morning they should vote for Gar
field right after Indiana had
voted for him. The remainder is
history. Wisconsin followed the
plan I had made; so did Indiana.
When Ohio cast its vote for Gar
field the convention went to him
with a rush.
"In the summer I was called to
Russia on business, aud on ray
way back to this country stopped
in Paris for a few days. There I
met the late Senator Morrill. He
told me that Hancock would beat
Garfield sure; that he saw no way
of preventing the defeat of the
Republicans. He said that he had
received news that Maine had
just gone Democratic in the Sep- j
tember election for the first time ]
in many years, and that every
thing was in confusion. I hasten
ed back to the United States as
quickly as possible and went to ■
Garfield's home in Mentor. I told
him that he must at once put a
stop to the bloody shirt campaign ,
which was waging and that he j
must send for Conkling, Blame j
and others and endeavor to have
them fall heartily in line with the \
party. He did so, and from late in
September until November the f
Republicans made the shortest and 1
most victorious campaign ever (
known to any party." ;
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The eleventh aniversary of the
great Seattle fire, which occurred
June 6th, was observed by Seattle
folk last Wednesday. This fire, j
which swept away sixty acres of
well built city before it was finally
subdued, was started from the
overturning of a glue pot in a :
building in the heart of the city, j ,
Out, of that fire came the sphinx
that directed the destinies of the i
city in such a manner as to soon (
make it the leading city of the i
Northwest, and today Seattle is ]
the center of the world's attraction, j
Herr Schmidt, the popular ]
Hotel Butler proprietor, has order
ed an automobile and is expecting
the same to the city every day.
Here is one Seattle man that
fared well from the rush to the
North. :
The Anti-Saloon League has
held its annual state meeting in
this city during tho past week.
Some of the ablest temperance
workers in the Northwest were
present and some very able dis
cussions of the temperance ques
tions were heard. The address of
ex-Governor Knapp and Rev.
Randall were especially note
worthy.
The old pioneers of the state
held their annual re-union in this
city last Tuesday, and reported a
most pleasant meet. Many of
their number had crossed the
"dark river" since last they were
assembled. The pleasantness of
the meeting was to some extent
marred by the report of W. H.
Cowie, also an old pioneer, having
dropped dead on a street car as he
was going home in South Seattle
th-3 evening before they met
Preparations for the Fourth of
July celebration is going steadily
on, so reports Chairman Moore.
Many new features over past years
are promised for the coming cele
bration, one of which will be the
representation of the new posses
sions the United States has come
into by suitable characters.
UPS AND^ DOWNS
Of £ife Here and There—Cuba
Loses Many Thousand Dollars
Through Neeley—British in
Pretoria—Texas Negro Giant-
Big Price for Leung's Head-
Oregon Rolls Up Republican
Majority—Washington City
Has a Social War—Paderew
ski Makes Money—l,ady I/as
soes lyion—l/ady lawyer Leads.
Cuba's loss through the Neeley
revenue frauds in the neighbor
hood of $400,000. It seems that
Neeley appropriated half of every
thing that he collected to his own
use. He is now in a New York
prison and his lawyers are fighting
his extradition to Cuba for trial.
Texas' Negro Giant.
Lewis Yett, a coal black Negro,
is the most noted man in all Texas
for manly strength and human
endurance. He is 30 years of age
and weighs 300 pounds. He can
take a full keg of beer and throw
it up in the air with one hand and
catch it in the other. He can take
up a barrel of whiskey and drink
out of the bung. He can take up
a railroad bar of iron in each hand
and walk ten steps with them.
He can lift a dining table with a
man sitting on it with his teeth.
Yett is afraid of no living being
9ave his 90 pound wife, who can
boss him about like a private at a
drill. He is a perfect specimen of
aummnty and is the idol of the
sntire community w rhere he lives.
Wants His Head.
The Empress Dowager of China
has offered the sum of $65,000 to
any one who will deliver up to her
Leung Chi-tso or give her definite
proof of having killed him. Leung
is a reformer and is now in Hawaii,
where he keeps a heavy body
Ejuard for his protection at all
times. He has sown the seeds of
liscord in the Chinese empire
that will eventually ripen into a
revolution, overturning the prenent
form of government in China.
He fled the country to save his
life.
Oregon Republican Still.
Last Tuesday mornings Asso
ciate Press dispatches brought
glad tidings to the hearts of all
Republicans, for it announced the
fact that the first gun in the pres
ent presidential campaign had i
been fired, and Oregon was still in
the Republican column of the
land. The state of Oregon, which
held its regular bienial election
last Monday, has been singularly
successful this year in the election
of its Republican nominees. The
state legislature, which elects a
United States senator, is Republi
can by a good working majority.
Both Republican congressmen
were overwhelmingly re-elected.
Truly is this Republican year.
Official Social War.
A social war has broken out in
Washington society between Mrs.
Secretary John Hay and Mrs.
David Jayne Hill, whose husband
is the First Assistant Secretary.
The two leading society ladies do
not even exchange courtesies, ami
they have managed to enlist many
of the leading society women of
the city on one side or the other.
The origin of the "society war" is
that Mr. D. J. Hill is aspiring to
be secretary of state in case Presi
dent McKinley is re-elected.
Most people, who read of this
peculiar war, are much inclined to
think both Mrs. Hay and likewise
Mrs. Hill are social nuisances as
well as political snobs, and the
United States government could
get along very well if both of them
were lost in the battle.
Paderewski's Piano Playing.
Ignace J. Paderewski, the noted
Polish pianibt, has made four
tours through this country and, it
is conservatively estimated that he
has taken a round million dollars
of American money away with him
to his home. His recent tour of
this country netted him in round
numbers $200,000. The gross
earnings were $260,000. He is
now in London and is resting for
the most part from active play
ings, although he occasionally
plays at a concert, for which he
gets $(30 per minute. He played
two selections at a private concert
at the home of William Waldorf
Astor, for which he received as
compensation $5,000. He is a
hard worker and practices on his
piano from four to five hours
daily. He has been twice married
and his last wife has no music in
her. His chateau in Switzerland
is a most exquisite home.
Girl Lassoes a Lion.
Recently, Norma Diorn, a young
woman of Marble Falls, Texas,
lassoed a full grown mountain
lion, which she ran onto while
riding around her fathers ranch,
and draged him home. It was a
daring feat and one that many an
old scar worn hunter would not
have had the heart to have tried.
She has been presented with a
gold mounted revolver and the
finest side saddle that could be
found in the Mexican Capital by
the Cattle r Association for the
daring deed.
Lovely Lady Lawyer.
Miss Nelle Peninah Sparks
Noble of Dcs Moines, lowa, car
ried off the honors at the com
mencement exercises of the lowa
College of Law, Drake University
at Dcs Moines last week. Miss
Noble has just completed the two
years'course of the law school, and
has been admitted to the bar, after
passing examination by the lowa
Supreme court. Two years ago
she received her bachelor's degree
from Drake University. The law
school each year presents as a
prize for the best thesis of some
member of the graduating class
$225 worth of law books. The
faculty submits the subject upon
which the thesis are written.
This year the students wrote on
the defense of a purchaser from a
trust, aud whether the fact that a
vendor is a member of a trust or
illegal combination is a sufficient
defense for the purchaser. Miss
Noble was the winner of the prize
this year. :
British in Pretoria.
After many weary weeks and
months, after the loss of many
human lives and the expenditure
and loss of many million dollars,
and after many heartaches on the
part of those at home, the English
army has finally entered the Boer
capital Pretoria, which practically
ends the South African war.
This war has, perhaps, cost Eng
land more in every respect than
any war in which she has engaged
for the past two centuries.
z In the harvest of 1899 there were
1,265,601,664 gallons of wine pro
duced in France; 776,107,500 gal
lons produced in Italy; 594,393,
--750 gallons produced in Spain and
j 158,505,000 produced in Rouma
] nia. The total production of the
old world is estimated at 3,388,
--101,704.
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Can't you spare two two bit
pieces for The Republican until
January? Put it in a letter and
1 mail it to us.
PRICE FIVE CENTS
THEY DO SAY
That its Prink.
That it was Frater.
That it was Be van.
That it was the Bee
That it was Dr. Neigle.
That it was the "bums,"
That it was particular h-11.
That Mullen's in trouble.
That Humes is on the run.
That Guie's a gone gosling.
That Piper's Fis failed to bring
him around.
That the county central com
mittee had a meeting.
That Ankeny wired $$$$$$$$$
for an early convention.
That the carpet baggers will
soon begin to trek to Nome.
That Piper is Wooding up so
that he can quickly pull out.
That the Fifth ward does not
appreciate its newspaper notoriety.
That something dropped and
the political free booters heard it.
That Piper-Humes' Mississippi
politics won't go in Seattle this
year.
That the Howe family has
charge of the Seattle theatre just
now.
That The Republican until
next Januaay for four-bits come a
running.
That Van De Vanter is ready
for the convention next week if
need be.
That the Federal brigade is a bit
divided on the shriveality question
this year.
That Potts jumped out of the
frying pau into the fire, which
feels funny.
That Hawkins don't know which
way to jump, but he's keeping his
eye peeled.
That Dr. Hove wouldn't make a
bad county coroner and he will
run well in the Fifth.
That the "idjiit" is still at large
without either muzzle or halter on
for public protection.
That Tom Littell would make
first class legislative timber.
What think you, Tom?
That the Argus and the Bee are
both trying to get in the band
wagon before too late.
That Jim Wilson didn't spoil
his fist on Bevan's face, but used
something nearer its age.
That Jim Dawese was thunder
struck when he heard of it and
wept at his master's feet.
That Ellis Morrison is going to
make a good fight for the Fifth
ward delegation for clerk.
That Morrison for clerk and
Littell for the legislature would
not be a bad ticket for the Fifth.
That no man will get the Fifth
ward delegation who depends on
getting it from some political boss.
Five ten cent stamps will get
The Republican delivered to your
door until next January.
Notice.
Notice is hereby given, that the board of
county commissioners of King county, Wash
ington, will meet on the 18th day of June,
1900, at their ofliee in the King county court
house in Seattle, to hear and determine the
advisability of selling those certain frame
buildings now owned by the county of King
and located on what is known as the canal
right-of-way, to-wit:
1 frame building on lot 9, block 79, Denny's &
Hoyt's Addiiion.
1 frame building on lot 7, block 80, Denny's &
Hoyt's Addition.
3 frame buildings on lot 8, block 80, Denny's
& Hoyt's Addition.
1 frame building on lot, 5, block 80, Denny's
& Hoyt's Addition.
1 frame building on lot 3, block 80, Dennv's
& Hoyfs Addition.
1 frame building on lot 1, block 80, Denny's
& Hoyt's Addition.
1 frame building on lot 1, block 81, Denny's
<k Hoyt's Addition
1 frame buildiug on lot >0, block 74, Denny's
& Hoyt's Addition.
1 frame building on lot 18, block 74, Denny's
& Hoyt's Addition.
1 frame building on lot 11, block 73, Denny's
& Hoyt's Addition. J
1 frame building on lot 12. block BJ, Denny's
& Hoyt's Addition.
1 frame building on lot 11, block 80, Denny's
& Hoyt's Addition.
1 frame building on lot 9, block 80, Denny's &
Hoyt's Addition.
1 frame building on lot 19, blpck 20 Ross
' Supplement Addition.
I 1 frame building on lot. 1, block 49 Ross Sup
1 plement Addition.
Done at the King county court house in
Seattle this 23rd day of May i9OO.
E. H. Evknson,
1 Clerk of the Board of County Commiss s

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