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The Nomination Is Almost
Within His Grasp.
Two Sessions of the Conven
tion Held Yesterday.
On a Test Vote the Blame Forces
Were in the Minority.
Platform Adopted—Nominating; Speeches
Not Yet Made but Next In Order.
Continued Grooming of
Dark Horses.
By tho Associated Press.
Minneapolis, June 9. —The hour for
street parades or exuberant demonstra
tions in hotel corridors has passed, and
been succeeded by an era of silent—
almost frantic —political activity. Both,
parties seem to realize that the Repub
licans' endurance has reached the limit
of patience, and that the factions which
have fought for delay in the material
progress of the convention, would be
come unpopular and be carried down
by the tide if they continued that pol
Since the adjonrnment of the conven
tion today both elements have been
making strenuous attempts to hold
their forces together and defeat the op
At no time since the convention
opened have the demands for a com
promise candidate been so numerously
expressed as today, and it may be said
the convention is divided into three ele
ments, the administration people, the
Blame forces and the conservative ele
ment who insist that tbe leading; candi
dates find thair way to some one who
can carry the party to victory in Novem
The favorite compromise candidate,
whose name is on every lip tonight, is
Governor McKinley, of Ohio.
In some quarters there is considerable
mention of the name of Sberman, but
the fact that McKinley is present and
Sherman is absent, gives the former a
great advantage over his distinguished
friend. Sberman will undoubtedly have
a few sea tteriDg votes on first ballot,
and many maintain tbat it should not
be considered a surprise if the conven
tion finally settled down on the veteran
senator. . .
Senator Allison is also frequently
mentioned, but Rusk appears rather
more popnfUf.
The anti-Harrison people are exultant
over the fact that in the several contests
decided by tbe credentials committee
Blame gains over Harrison in about the
ratio of two to one.
The Alger people maintain the claim
that they made yesterday.
The attempt of the a southern colored
delegates to act in unison has not re
sulted in anything satisfactory.
Considerable comment was occasioned
this afternoon by the distribution of a
circular anonymously issued, containing
the speech of McKinley at the national
convention of 1888, where McKinley,
referring to the incipient boom which
was started for him, said: "I cannot,
witb honorable fidelity to John Sher
man, nor consistently with my own
personal integrity, consent that my
name shall be used as a can
didate before the convention." The
reason for issuing the circular
appears uncertain, but many seem
to think it is the work of Harrison
delegates who view with envy tbe atten
tion McKinley's name is receiving, and
are disposed to take the position that
he cannot conaistentlv allow his friends
to make him the candidate while he is
Working for Harrison. Bnt it is easily
seen that McKinley's position today is
totally different from that of 1888.
A rumor waa current here today that
Blame had sent a communication with
drawing his name, bnt when the matter
waa brought to the attention of Senator
Quay of Pennsylvania he said there is
no troth in it. Joseph Manley also de
nied tbe rnmor.
Tonight an official notice was issued
from Harrison headquarters Baying:
"Since it was demonstrated by the
unanimous expression of a large major
ity of tbe delegates to the national con
vention, at a meeting today, that Presi
dent Harrison is their choice and leader
of that body in the impending cam
paign, the question has been asked by
the delegates favorable to him, whether
bis friends will consider the expediency
of his retiring and joining in the nomin
ation of a new man. The uniform re
ply has been, and will continue to be,
that the judgment of the party having
been definitely ascertained to be favor
able to his candidacy, his supporters
will not participate in an effort to re
verse that judgment. At no time will
there be consideration by them of any
other candidate."
The lowa delegation held a meeting
today with closed doors. Several New
York delegates favoring Harrison's nom
ination were present. An effort was
made in stiffening the backs of tbe
lowa delegates generally disposed to
ward Harrison. After the meeting D.
0. Chase, of the lowa delegation, said
while no action was taken this morning,
owing to the presence of the New York
ers, the lowa delegates are considering
the possibility of securing the nomina
tion of Senator Allison. "One of the
delegates," he said," will vote for Allison
on the first ballot, and I think the en
tire delegation will awing into line the
instant he develops strength in other
Harrison men."
Indiana headquarters was wild with
enthusiasm this afternoon. They say
their faith in Harriaon has developed
into knowledge. The following message
was sent to the White House:
E. Halford, Washington. D. C.
Tbe Harrison delegates have just had
a meeting, presided over by Cbauncey
Depew. Roll call showed five to one
votes for the president, not counting con
tested seats. He will be nominated at
the first opportunity to ballot.
(Signed) D. M. Ransdbll.
Adjourned Because the Committee on
Credentials Wanted More Time.
Minneapolis, June 9.—The day opened
bright and very warm. As the morning
hours grew the people assembled in the
convention hall; nearly all brought fans,
and tbe great audience room became a
sea of waving palm leaves. As hereto
fore, tho leaders were cbeered on their
appearance, and there finally came to be
a rivalry between the Blame and Har
rison factions as to which could greet its
prominent men most noisily.
It was nearly half-past 11 when Chair
man McKinley rapped tbe convention
to order and announced tbat Rev. Wm.
Brueb, chancellor of the University of
South Dakota, would offer a prayer.
After prayer the chairman called for
the report of the committee on creden
tials, and a ronnd of applanse greeted
Chairman Cogswell as he arose. He
announced that the committee was
making diligent progress and asked for
further time, saying he hoped to report
at 8 o'clock tonight.
Senator Cullom of Illinois presented a
resolution endorsing tbe world's fair,
and recommending a national appro
priation therefor. Referred to the com
mittee on resolutions.
Tbe Illinois delegates introduced a
resolution that all Grand Army men be
permitted to enter the hall and occupy
the seats vacant thirty minutes after
the beginning of the session. Referred
to the committee on rules.
Ex-Governor Sewell of New Jersey
moved that a recess be taken till 8
o'clock, pending the report of the com
mittee on credentials.
Tbe Harrison men objected to this,
and Lawaon of New York demanded a
rising vote.
Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio
were notably in favor of adjournment,
while Wisconsin, Missouri and several
strong Harrison states, opposed it.
After a careful count of the Deads
Chairman McKinley said: "Yeas, 407;
nays, 260; and the convention has con
cluded to adjourn until 8 o'clock this
Applause followed the announcement.
The standing vote in the affirmative was
very large, and it seemed that it had
carried by practical unanimity.
Clarkson, tbe Blame leader, was
asked after adjonrnment whether he
considered that the ballot on adjourn
ment was a test vote. He replied,
while a pleased smile flitted over his
face :
"Well, we wanted to adjourn and they
did not."
Hiscock, tbe Harrison leader, was
asked the same question. He said:
"No, sir; decidedly it waa not a teat
The Blame Men Pronounce It a Bold
Bluff—Simply a Pow-Wow of
Office Holder* and
Minneapolis, Jane o.—The Harrison
leaders called a meeting suddenly today
for 1 o'clock at Market hall. Those not
in the confidence of the Harrison side
were not invited, and the press were not
admitted. It is claimed that 406 dele
gates were present, and that these 406
represented altogether 511 delegates.
It was decided to follow the lead of
When asked about the correctness of
this statement, Depew confessed the
truth of it, and declared that the con
test was practically ended.
Another delegate says the number
given is unreliable, because a good many
simply vouched for those not present.
The Blame leaders promise to flank
this movement before morning, but how
it can be done they do not explain.
It is further said that the Colorado
delegation, who are for Blame, and
eleven Blame men from lowa were pres
ent at the Market ball meeting, simply
for the purpose of seeing what was
going to be done. This statement was
made on authority of a Colorado repre
The Blame leaders point out that the
facility with which news is given out
from Harrison headquarters, indicates
that this a clever bluff. There is no
doubt, however, that it is the sensation
of the hour.
"It is a bluff, a cold, clammy and
withal a desperate bluff," said Chair
man Clarkson of the national committee.
"Here are two men," be continued,
"who were in the Harriaon caucus in
Market hall, who were Blame men, and
I can prove it by their own assertion.
"One was a colored delegate from
North Carolina, the other a white
northern delegate. Both sanctioned the
remark made by General Clarkson.
"I can say to you," continued Gen
eral Clarkson, "we will not be disturbed
by the claims of the Harrison men. I
am satisfied that only one-third of the
men in Market hall were Harrison men,
and fifty-six of the delegates in the ball
were placed there by me. We knew of
the purpose of the Harrison people and
prepared to meet it by having our peo
ple present, and when balloting comes
in the convention, the troth of my as
sertions will be sustained."
Clarkson furthermore said: "The
true state of affairs will probably be
shown iv the vote tonight. As to our
plane, we are not saying anything. We
won tbe fight of 1888 by keeping our
plans to ourselves, and we propose to do
tbe same thing now."
Ex-Senator Piatt was of the same
opinion as Clarkson regarding the im
portance of tbe Harrison gathering. He
regarded it as a pow-wow of office-hold
ing delegates and outsiders.
Ex-Governor Foraker also asserted
that it was not an assembly of Harrison
delegates, but a gathering of shooters,
many of wbom have no voice in the
Senator Hiscock was emphatic that
420 delegates were present who had
pledged themselves for Harrison.
Following ia among the list of votes
promised at the meeting: California, 8;
Illinois, 6; Indiana, 30; lowa, 21; Mon
tana, 1; Nebraska, 14; New York, 26;
Oregon, 4; Bout,h Dakota, 4; Wisconsin,
19; Wyoming, 16.
Oregon is credited with four votes for
Harrison, when the opposite is claimed
by the Blame followers.
The Harrison people are greatly
elated over the effects of their meeting,
and regard it aa tbe trump card. The
Blame leaders are disturbed and are
considering the advisability of getting
up a counter demonstration.
Senator Wolcott waa interviewed]
about tbe meeting. He said he saw the
list, and on it were the names of seven
Colorado delegates known to be for,
Blame. "Tbe Blame men claim that'
the meeting is a game of bluff in line,
with the Conk ling-Logan-Cameron tac
tics in 1880," said Wolcott. "Ii they were]
not afraid of tbeir candidate why should ]
they print and circulate pamphlets Of
McKinley's speech 1 in the Chicago con
vention in 1888 retusing tbe uee of his
name, aa it would not be honorable
fidelity to Sherman?"
It Resulted In a Harrison Victory—The i
Majority Report of the Credentials
Committee and Platform
Minneapolis Convention Hall, June
9.—The first evening session of the Re
publican convention was characterized
by the same lack of eager interest on
the part of visitors and delegates which
were remarked at previous sessions.
Not nntil long after the honr for the
opening of the session did the galleries
begin to fill with the expectant multi
tude. Just before the hour of meeting
a report was circnlated that tbe Har
rison managers were discussing tbe ad
visability of forcing a ballot at tonight's
session. The reports of the committees
on credentials and resolutions were
known to be ready for presentation, and
as it was not expected that there would
be any prolonged discussion on
their adoption, the proposition to force
a ballot seemed feasible. The leaders
of tbe Harrison forces were silent aa to
the course they intended to pursue, but
intimated tbat so much of the conven
tion's time had already been consumed
by tbe committee on credentials, that it
might be fonnd expedient to proceed
with the least possible delay to the cc«
lection of candidates.
Up to the last moment the same un
certainty was manifested aa to tbe in
tentions of the Blame managers regard
ing the presentation of Blaine'a name.
Some thought it would be better not t'S
formally present him to the convention,
and although Foraker was detailed for
the duty, it was stated tbat he and PlatU
were both inclined to believe that rt
would be wiser not to formally present
Blame to the convention.
When it waa known tbat tbe Harri
son people had decided to restrict tbe
nominating and seconding speeches, and
tbat the Blaineites would probably not
nominate formally, the deepest interest
was manifested by both galleries and
delegates as to the uncertainty of tbe
proceedings, and every phase of tbe
session was watched with breathless in
At 8:30, half an honr after the meet
ing of the convention, it had not yet
been called to order. Every seat in
the auditorium appeared occupied,
and as some enterprising advertiser
distributed fans to every individual in
the vast audience, a magnificent sight
was presented by 12,000 fans waving in
time to the music of tbe band.
At this juncture Chairman Cogswell,
of the credentials committee, made his
appearance on the platform, and at the
signal tbat the most important commit
tee had concluded its labors, the conven
tion burst into wild applause.
"The convention will please come to
order," said Chairman McKinley, and
Chauncey Depew immediately demand
ed recognition, and in a neat speech
moved to congratulate Hon. Richard W.
Thompson of Indiana, on his 83d birth
day, which occurred today, and invite
him to the platform. The motion was
unanimously carried, and Mr. Thomp
son was escorted to the platform and ex
pressed his gratitude in a short speech.
Resolutions admitting members of the
G. A. R. to any seats in the convention
unoccupied thirty minntes after the
opening, were of course adopted, and a
message was read from the mayors of
Titusville and Oil City announcing the
state of distress and suffering that pre
vailed in those inundated districts, and
making a public appeal for aid.
The annonncemeut of the committee
on credentials that a minority report
would be submitted, created considera
ble excitement, and there was a painful
suspense while the two reports were be
ing orally submitted, as to What would
The majority report recommended that
twelve Harrieon delegates in Alabama,
Mississippi and Louisiana be seated in
place of the same number of Blame men
given the places on the temporary roll,
and the minority recommended that tbe
twelve Blame men on the temporary roll
be placed on the permanent roll.
The report of the committee also cov
ered the contests in Texas, Kentucky,
Maryland, South Carolina, North Caro
lina and the Distrfct of Columbia, but
no political issue was involved in these
contests, and the report was unanimous
on these cases.
The majority report sustained the
national committee as to twenty-three
votes, and reversed tbe national com
mittee as to seventeen votes. Tbe
political result was a gain of thirteen
votes to Harrison and one vote to
Blame, a net Harrison gain of twelve
votes. This included six votes in Ala
bama, four in Louisiana and two in
Mississippi. Tbe gain was made owing
to the fact that the Harrison men won
over three members of tbe credentials
committee, and thereby secured a ma
Wallace of New York announced his J
purpose of fighting the majority report
on the floor.
When Chairman Cogswell moved that
the majority report be adopted, he was
loudly cbeered by tbe Harrison dele
gates, and when Cbauncey D. Filley of
Missouri moved to substitute tbe minor
ity report therefor, the applause which
followed from the Blame delegates told
the galleries that the long-expected
fight between the Blame and Harrison
forces was on.
The chief point in Filley's argument
in behalf of the minority report was
tbat tbe regular organization of tbe
party in Alabama bad been barred from
the regular place of meeting by United
states deputy marshals, but Massoy of
Delaware maintained that the case had
been considered fairly upon merits, and
that tbe majority report should be
Knight of California spoke warmly in
favor of the minority report. He de
clared tbat the Moseiey faction, recom
mended by the jaiajority to be seated,
bad through federal officers attempted
to defeat the will Of the people of Ala
bama. It was enough that tbe Demo
cratic party suppressed the will of the
people in the south, without a hundred
thousand office-holders thwarting the
will of the Republicans in the party
convention. He appealed for justice for
the royal Republicans of Alabama.
Intensified interest waa lent to
Knight's speech by the knowledge
among the speeators and delegates tbat
he was to be the first man to second the
nomination of Blame later on. The
vigor and eloquence the Californian die
played, captured the audience from the
outset, and when he concluded cheering
was commenced.
bathba's bad break.
B. H. Bathea of Illinois deprecated
the attempt to conjure up prejudice
against tbe office-holding class. He
made an allusion of a derogatory nature
to tbe people of the section from which
the contest came. It was a bad break,
and a large number of tbe gallery occu
pants hissed, and someone cried
Bathea became rattled by tbe recep
tion'his remarks received. Cannon, of
Illinois, fortunately came to bis rescue
with a point of order, and being recog
nized, asked if it was in order, witb the
galleries hissing delegates speaking on
the floor, to move that the galleries be
cleared.. A burst of laughter followed
bis look at ex-Speaker Reed and the bland
announcement of Chairman McKinley
that it was in order, he believed, under
the rales of tbe fifty-first congress (the
rules of the convention.)
Cannon announced that he would
move that the galleries be cleared if
there waa any more hissing.
Senator Wolcott of Colorado, speak
ing for the minority report, not only
denounced the deputy marshals in Ala
bama, but the hundreds of office holders
who were present in the galleries and
halls ef the convention, crowding out
the people's delegates in a frantic at
tempt to renominate the president.
The greatest interest waa manifested
.when Colonel Duffield of Detroit, Alger's
—anage/> in favor of the
minority report. His action was inter
preted aa meaning tbat tbe Alger people
were prepared to vote with the Blame
Clayton of Arkansas defended the ma
jority report.
Cannon of Utah, in behalf of the
"regulars" in Utah, presented a minor
ity report recommending tbat they be
seated and that the majority report, rec
ommending that their opponenta be
given a half vote, be not accepted. He
said he represented the regular party.
"If you seat these men," said Cannon,
"you seat them on old issues. They do
not know tbat Brigham Young is dead
yet. [Great laughter and applause.]
Give us onr seats and yon will encour
age the growing party, and when tbe
state is admitted we will give you a Re
publican state."
There was wild applause when Cbaun
cey Depew arose in support of the ma
jority report, which be did briefly.
Ex-Senator Miller of New York spoke
for tbe minority, and said he had
listened to many reports of committees
on credentials, but thia was the first
time he ever heard of a majority report
which gave no reasons why it should be
adopted, except that it was the majority
report. Tbe minority had given reasons
and not not one speaker had given facts
to controvert them.
Miller closed by moving that tbe
Cogswell report be divided, and a vote
taken on the Alabama part alone.
THE first test vote.
At thia point Clarkson and Piatt held
a hurried consultation. No one who
saw it doubted that preparations were
in hand for the first real test vote be
tween the Blame and Harrison forces.
Chairman Cogswell said be had stated
at the beginning that they bad no time
to prepare a report. The convention
thought beat, nevertheless, to call for an
oral report, and now gentlemen were
assailing the majority because it had not
submitted a formal argument in favor of
the report. He concluded by demand
ing the previous question, which was
seconded by the majority of the dele
gates from Massachusetts, Delaware and
Weßt Virginia.
Senator Quay wanted to know the ef
fect of the previous question, if it would
enable them to have a vote on the sep
arate propositions involved in the re
Tbe chair ruled tbat Miller having
demanded a division of the propositions
involved in the report, there could be
separate votes taken. Both sides were
ready for a vote, and a storm of ayes
greeted McKinley when he asked if the
previous question should be ordered.
Before thia was done, however, by
unanimous consent the majority re
port in all cases where there was no mi
nority report was submitted and adopted
by acclamation.
An amendment was now made to take
a standing vote on the Alabama case,
and when an affirmative vote waa sub
mitted it waa apparent tbat a majority
of the convention arose.
Instantly the New York and Pennsyl
vania delegations demanded a roll call,
it waa ordered by the convention.
When the buzz of polling tbe state
delegations subsided, and hasty consul
tation ceased, the roll call began. Sud
denly came sharp raps of the chairman's
gavel, and the clerk sonorously called
Alabama. ,
In an instant Cbauncey Depew was on
hit feat, protesting against nine sitting
Alabama delegates (Blame men) voting
on their own case. Spooner supported
Depew, and Fassett rejoined for the
Blame side.
After considerable sparring between
the opposing factions, the chair decided
tbat tbe delegates whose seats were con
tested had no right to vote, and tbe
vote proceeded.'
Considerable time was spent in polling
delegations, and before the end of the
roll call, the electric lights in tbe vast
hall failed, and had it not been for the
faint glimmer of a few scattered gas
lights encircling the room,tbe convention
would have been in total darkness. This
caused an immediate cessation of tbe
proceedings, and a band in one of the
hanging galleries played, We Won't Go
Home Until Morning.
At the conclusion of the music Chair
man McKinley arose and said: "I hope
tbe delegates in the hall will see to it
that no matches are lighted. I under
stand there ia danger with so many in
the hall with lighted matches. There
should be no matches lighted."
A messenger washprtj-'/lly riinpafe'
to the plant of the electric company for
Mr. Fassett of New York said:
"Owing to the darkness and the danger
that may occur from tbe use of matches,
and the impossibility of doing business,
I move we adjourn till tomorrow at 10
o'clock." [Cries of "No, no."]
A delegate—l make the point of order
tbat no motion is in order during roll
After waiting several minutes for
lights, Miller of New York addressed
the convention, trying to secure an ad
journment, but without success.
At this point the electric current was
again turned on, and after tbe applause
caused by tbe additional light bad sub
sided, the convention proceeded with
business, and the secretary continued
calling the states.
At the close of the vote the chairman
"On toe vote to substitute the minor
ity report in tbe Alabama contest, the
yeas are 423,' 2 , and noea 403, and the
motion is lost."
A mighty yell greeted the announce
ment of Harrison's victory. The presi
dent's friends raised a tremendous din.
Canes, hats, handkerchiefs, anything
that could be waved, were swung wild
ly in triumph, while the dome seemed
to tremble with the terrific roars of ap
An attempt to adjourn the convention
at this interesting juncture failed. The
hour proposed was 10 o'clock in the
morning, but it was decided by a sub
stantial majority to proceed with the
business of the convention without de
The result of the roll-call on tbe
adoption of the minority report of the
committee on credentials resulted aa
States. Avjcs. Nays.
Alabama , Ta • 5
Arkansas 1 iHn
California, 10
Colorado 8 O
Connecticut 9 3
Delaware 2 4
Florida 0 8
Georgia 1 8
Idaho 6 0
Indiana 0 30
lowa 6 20
Kansas 10 10
Kentucky..' C 20
Louisiana 11 2
Maine 12 0
Maryland 12 16
Massachusetts 14 7
Michigan 20 8
Minnesota 11 7
Mississippi 6 10%
Missouri 14 19
Montana 1 5
Nebraska 6 10
Nevada 6 O
New Hampshire 2 6
New Jersey.. 2 18
New York 45 27
North Carolina 6i< «U
North Dakota 4 2
Ohio 27 19
Oregon 6 2
Pennsylvania 54 9
Rhode Island 3 5
South Carolina 6 12
Virginia 15 9
Washington 8 0
West Virginia 2 10
Wisconsin 9 15
Wyoming 2 4
Arizona 1 1
District of Columbia v 0
New Mexico 0 t>
Oklahoma 0 2
Utah 1 l
The motion to adjourn having failed
to carry, the roll was called on the
adoption of the majority report on dele
gates-at-large from Alabama. Pennsyl
vania demanded it; New York and
Colorado seconded the demand, and the
vote resulted: 476 ayes and 365 noes.
Ex-Governor Foraker asked the unan
imous consent of the convention to tbe
reading of the platform, as prepared by
the committee on resolutions.
Protection, Reciprocity, Bimetallism, a
Free Ballot and • Fair Count
the Leading- Planks In tbe
Minneapolis, June 9.—Following ie
the full text of the platform as com
pleted by the committee on resolutions:
The representatives ot the Republican party
of the United States, assembled in general con
vention on the shores of the Mississippi river,
the everlasting bond of an indestructible re
public whose most glorious chapter of histoiy
ls the record of the Republican party, congrat
ulate their countrymen on the majestic march
of the nation under banners inscribed with the
principles of our platform ef 1888, vindicated
by a victory at the polls and prosperity In the
fields, workshops and mines, and make the
following declaration of principles:
We reaffirm the American doctrine of pro
tection. We call attention to its growth
abroad. We maintain that the prosperous con
dition of our country is largely due to the wise
revenue legislation of the Republican con
gress. We believe tbat all articles which can
not be produced In the United States, except
luxuries, should be admitted free of duty, and
that on all imports coming into competition
with the products 'of American labor there
shou'd be levied duties equal to the difference
between wages abroad and at home.
We assert that the prices of manufactured ar
ticles of general consumption have been re
duced under the operations of the tariff act of
1890: We denounce the efforts of the Demo
cratic majority of the house of representatives
to destroy our tariff laws piecemeal, as is man
ifested by their attacks upon the wool, lead and
lead ores, the chief products of a number of
stales, and we ask the people for their judg
ment thereon.
We point to tho snccess of the Republican
policy of reciprocity, under which our export
trade has been vastly Increased, and new and
enlarged markets have b-eri opened for the
products of our farms and work shops. We re
mind th<i people of the bitter ooposition of tbe
democratic party to this practical business
measure, and claim that as executed by a It«
--pubiican administration our p.esent laws will
eventually give us control of me trade of the
The interests of the producers of the conn
try, itsl farmer* and ivorklujmen, demand th*t
every dollar—paper or coin—lssued by the gov
ernment. *h»U be as good as any other. We
commend the wl«e and patriotic steps already
taken by our government to secure an inter
national conference to adopt such measures a«t
will insure a parity of valuu between gold and
silver and Its use as money throughout the
* ed «m»'' , i tbat every clttzan of the United
States shH.il be nllowed to cast one free and un
restricted ballot in all j.ublic elections, and
that su'-h ballot shall be counted and returned
as cast; that such law* shall bi en
acted and enforced" as will secure to
every citizen, be he rich or poor,
native or foreign-barn, white or black, this
sovereign rlebt guaranteed by the constitution.
The free and honest popular ballot, fust and
equal representation of all the people, as well
as their just and equal protection un er the
laws, are th t foundation of our republican In
stitutions, and the party will nevwr relax its
efforts until the Integrity of the ballot and the
purity of the elections shallbe full- "-mrauteed
and protected In every state..
The Amcrlcun people from tradition and in
terest favor bimetallism, and the Republican
party demands the use of both gold and silver at
standard money, with such restrictions and un
der such provisions, to be determined by legis
lation, as will secure tbe maintenance of a
piriiy of values of the two metals, so that the
purchasing anl debt-paying power of a dollar,
whether of silver, gold or paper, shall be at all
liiais equal.
We denounce the continued Inhuman out
rage perpetrated upon American citizens for
political reasons In eeitain southern state* of
the union.
We favor the oxteu»ion of onr foreign cont
ra ercc; the restoration of our mercantile ma
rine by home-built ships, and the creation of »
navy tor the protection of our national inter
ests and the honor of our iLig: too main
tenance of tiie most fliendly relations with all
'orelgn powers: entangling alliances with
none, and protection of the r.ght* of our flsn
We reaffirm our approval ot the Monroe doo
trine, and believe In the achievement of the
manifest destiny of the republic in its broadest
We favor the enactment of more stringent
laws and regulations for the restriction of crim
inal, pauper and contract immigration.
We favtr efficient legislation by congress to
protect the life and limb of employees of trans,
portation companiesengaged In carrying on in
terstate com m ree, aud recommend legislation
by tne respective states that will protect em
ployees engaged in state commerce, in mining
and manufacturing.
The Republican party has always been the
champion of the oppressed, and leoognlzes the
dignity of manhood, Irrespective of faiih. color
or natiosassty. It sympathizes with the i<u<e
of home rue in iseUud, and protests against
the persecutiou of the Jews in Russia.
The ultimate reUa-tce of f r-e, popular govern
ment is tne intelligence of the oeoplu and ihe
maintenance of freedom imnmg men. We
therefore declare anr.vr our devotion 10 liberty
of thought and conscience, of speech and press,
and approve all agencies and in-tnimentalities
which contrtbdte to the education <•! the chil
dren of the land: but wlu c lnsi.ning upon the
fullest measure of religious liberty, we are op
posed to any union of church aud state,
orrosmox to tbusts.
We reaffirm our opposition, declared in the
Republican platform of 1883, to all combina
tions of capital organized In trusts or other
wise, to con rol arbitrarily tba condition of
trade among our citizen*. We heartily endorse
required to remedy any defects f« the existing
laws, snd tender their enforcement more com
plete and effective.
We approve the policy of extending to
townp, villages and rural communities the ad
vantages of the free delivery service now en
joyed by Ihe larger cities of the countiy. and
reaffirm tbe declaration contained in the Re
publican platform of 1188 pledging the reduc
tion of letter postage to on-j cent at the earliest
possible moment con-intent with the main
tenance of the rostoftice department and the
highest class of postal ieivice.
We commend the spirit and evidence of re
form In the civil service, and the wise and con
sistent enforcement by the Republican party of
the laws regulating the same.
The construction of the Nicaragua canal is of
tbe highest Importance to tho American peo
ple, both as a niea-ure of national defense and
to build up and maintain American commerce,
and should be controlled by the United ttaus
We favor the admission of tho remaining ter
ritories at th- earliest practicable due, h»yiug
auu regard to the inierests of the people ■ f the
territ lies and the United urates. All federal
officers appointed for ihe tenitories should bw
selected .rom bona fide residents thereof, and
the rightof self government shoulc bo accorded
as far as practicable.
We favor the cession, subject to tho home
stead laws of tbe arid public lunria to the atates
and territories in which they lie, under such
congressional restrictions as to their disposi
tion reclamation and occupancy by fettle.s, aa
will secure the maximum benefit* to the peo
The Columbian exposition is a grcal national
undertaking, and congress should promptly
enact such reasonable legislation in aid thereo"!
as will insure the discharging of theexpenm
and obligations incident thereto and the attain
ment, of results commensuiate with the dignity
ana progress of the nation.
We sympathize with all wise and legitimate
efforts to lessen and prevent tbe tvils of intem
perance and promote mdeality.
Ever mindful of the services and sacrifices
of the men who saved tho life of the nation,
we pledge anew to the veteran soldiers of tho
reDUbllc watohful care and recognition of their
just claims upon the grateful people.
We commend the able, patriotic and
thoroughly American administration of Presi
dent Harrison. Under it the country has en
joyed remarkable prosperity, and the dignity
and honor of tne nation at homo and abroad
have been faithfully maintained, and we offer
the record of pledges kept as a guarantee of
faithful performance of duty in tho future.
The platform was adopted, notwith
standing a plea from Hiscock to give the
advocates of irrigation of arid lands in
the west a chance to be heard, and tbe
convention adjourned at 1:25 a. m. to
11 a. m. Friday.
Depew, the leader of the Harrison
forces, was asked if he was satisfied with
thetest: "Yeß," he replied, '•and wo
will be twenty-five votes stronger on
tbe main question."
Ex-Senator Piatt of New York said:
"I would prefer not to give an opinion
until a later ballot is taken."
Chairman Clarkson said: "I cannot
tell exactly what the significance
is. There were enough absent in
Louisiana and one or two other states to
leave Harrison short of a majority.
When we consider the scattering votes
tbat will be cast for dark horses, I do not
give up the fight yet."
They Make a Flual Charge on the
Platform Committee.
The platform committee stumbled
against an unexpected obstacle this
afternoon. Everybody but the diver
champions supposed that the whit*
metal question had been anally disposed
of. The revision ot the sub-committee,
■ l Continued eit Iroarth Pai ♦,]

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