OCR Interpretation


The Anaconda standard. [volume] (Anaconda, Mont.) 1889-1970, November 19, 1899, Morning, Image 18

Image and text provided by Montana Historical Society; Helena, MT

Persistent link: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84036012/1899-11-19/ed-1/seq-18/

What is OCR?


Thumbnail for

EX-GOV. JOSEPH K. TOOLE.
THE WAY THINGS WENT AT MISSOULA
That Was Quinn's Fight-He-Made It Without Help-He
Did It Because He Was Opposed to Fusion
and Clark Wasn't in It.
It may be that one of these days a
W'riter will be found who will deem it
worth while to write the history of the
state conventions that were held hy
Montana democrats and that came in
for mention in the "conspiracy" testi
mony given last week by the supporters
of John B. Wellcome. There was the
Missoula convention, for Instance, held
in 1896. It was mentioned with a good
bit of contempt last week, by several
of the Wellcome witnesses, as a "Daly
convention."
One thing is certain-the Missoula
convention was not a Clark convention.
W. A. Clark w'as present, but he had a
seat with the spectators. He had tried
to elect the delegates for Silver Bow
county, but he 'lost that county, as al
w'ays he has lost it, time out of mind.
John M. Quinn was a member of the
Silver Bow delegation; a place had been
accorded him by "the Dalyites." who,
'at the time, deemed it right and proper
'that Mr. Quinn should sit in the con
vention, in spite of the fact that, as
the editor of W. A. Clark's newspaper,
he was with the side 'that lost when the
Silver Bow delegation to the Missoula
convention was elected.
Everybody who knows anything
.about Montana politics knows that
Quinn was a sturdy fighter and that
he would lead a forlorn hope with the
fortitude of one who felt himself to be
a sure winner. Once in the convention
Quinn stirred up the biggest kind of a
row. Practically the delegation from
his own county was dead against him,
but he made speeches and more
WHEN DEMOCRATS MET IN ANACONDA
As with the Missoula convention of
1896, so in regard to the democratic
state convention of 1898-the refer
ences *to it by the Wellcome witnesses.
last week, were of the sneering kind
-it was a convention run by "the
Daly outfit." so testified ex-Governor
Toole. The Anaconda state convention
of last year was the one which first
of all had the question of fusion to
deal with. It was Insisted by a very
large number of the delegates that
the democrats must go it alone. As
usual W. A. Clark's faction had tried
to get the Silver Bow t!elegation in
this convention and. as us.uall. lark
had failed to get them.
The strength of what the We.l .an
witnesses describe as "the Daly .u.t
fit" was shown in the vote by whito
the convention voted to conllidet fu
slion by appointing a committee, f
which John R. Tools was chairmano
to consult with the then so-called ili
v-er republicans and with what was Ih ft
of the populists in regard to a fusions'
terms. At length Mr. Toole, in behalf
of this comnmittee, reported that no
plan for fusion, on a basis that was
just to Montana democracy, seemed
possible.
Instantly there was a buzz in regard
no a candidate for the office of member
of congress. At first it looked quits
like the selection of Martin Maginnis.
But Lewis and Clarke had even re
fus'd him the paltry honor of a seat
in its delegation in the state c":nven
tion. From Eastern Montana came
the suggestion of Campbell, the per
mIanent president of the state conven
tion. Instantly several Lewis and
C'larke men began whooping up for
Campbell. Like "BRIly" Clark of Mtad
ison county. Campbell had al,\asys
been against the Dalyites. Both of
them fought hard for Helena for the
caDital. In state conventions they had
speeches. .iring the convention and bat
tling away against many of the pro
jects-the unit rule, fusion and the like,
which the other side was attempting to
enforce.
Quinn tad a good following. The
current belief was that his success on
a test vote would mean his nomination
for member of congress in that very
convention. Quinn couldn't win: the
absurd part of it all was that when
the test came, about 80 per cent. of the
members of the Lewis and Clarke dele
gation voted with the "Dlyites." It
was the oddest thing out. Clark had
been parading in his numerous self-pre
pared biographies the assertion that he
saved the capital for Helena.
The truth is that Clark couldn't tol
erate the thought of a congreseional
nomination for Quinn' or for anybody
else, except Clark himself. The truth
also is that Quinn really did more with
his pen for Helena 'than Clark did with
all his money. Helena's debt really was
to Quinn, but Quinn was like the rest
of them-he had been foolish enough
to believe that Clark would be willing
to recognize loyal, helpful service. That
is something which, in his lifetime, W
A. Clark never did-that isn't his build
or bent, as Quinn learned by pretty sou,
experience.
Fusion prevailed in the Missoula con
vention. The ticket there nominated
swept the state and, practically, no
campaign was made for its success. It
elected itself; Montana sent all her
democratic orators into other states
that year to advocate free coinage and
sne.a for Rrvan
lmost uniformly been with the "other
ellows."
Last week, speaking of the Ana
ronda convention as one that was run
ty "the Daly outfit," ex-Governor
roole, when under cross-examination.
estifled that he "seconded the nom!n
stion of Campbell." The fact is that
iampbell was, as he now is, a fesldent
If Butte; that the Butte delegation
selected one of its members, as was
itting, to present Campbell's name;
that instantly on the assembling of
he convention, ex-Governor TGole se
aured the floor; that, quite to the as
tonishment of Silver Bow and in
dramatic style, Mr. Toole requested
Mr. Campbell to quit the chair, asked
the secretary to preside, and then nom
inated Campbell for congress, leaving
Silver Bow county to second the nom-,
Thte play was, in fact, in the Lewis
adn Clarke delegation to wrest for it
self the honor of being first with the
prr'st-ntation of Campbell's name; yet
*enom of Mr. Well.-.me's friends and
ox-eo'vernnr Tonle himself would have
it apptar that "the Daly outfit" thrust
Campbell upon the convention. It
,,-o.'t make mutch difference one way
of the other The significant
part of this chapter of p"
litihal histnrv :s that most of the
supp,,rt,,r° ,if t-h ll, onme il what they
c uld, in tiiif f lihs,.<rlu.nt 0 1 el tion to
frlat t'aell lI. tl;,I r Ue 'r ti' candi
lnileel., art lth tlnt, wihn the leaven
,if W. A C'lar-'ts moIey was working
among the republicans in the legisla
ture who finally sold oult to him, the
plea which they were told to make was
not that he was fe- : r rot- ctive tariff,
but that the best way to break down
the democratic party :n Miontana was
to elect Clark and he would do the
broa krig.
HOW 11 WAS IN THE YEAR 1893
WHEN CLARK FELL DOWN HARD
The joint session of the legislature
which met in 1893 held its first meeting
for the election of a senator on' Tues
day, Jan. 10. The total membership of
the legislature was 71. There were 66.
members present at the first meeting.
The result of the vote was: Sanders,
31; Clark, 16; Dixon, 8; Hauser, 6; Ma
ginnis, 2; Smith, 1; Mulville, 3.
In all, 45 ballots were taken at that
session. Sanders held the republican
strength through 27 ballots, when the
republicans took up Mantle. He held
most of the republican vote to the fin
ish. Sanders was repeatedly within
three of the number of votes necessary
to a choice. Ex-Governor Hauser re
tired after the first ballot, his vote go
ing to Clark. Mulville, populist, was in
the contest during the first six ballots.
On the fifth Beecher went to Collins.
The two other populists went to Dixon.
Beecher voted for Collins until the 19th
ballot, when he went over to Clark.
The 29th ballot was the first to reveal
the attempt of the Clark faction to buy
up republicans. Plans for this vote
were very adroitly made through pairs.
It was Saturday, Feb. 11. Six repub
licans and six democrats were paired.
Of these democrats three were Clark
men and three were Dixon men. Thus,
by sparing three of his men, Clark got
rid of three Dixon men and six repub
licanes and the vote revealed the fact
that Clark had secured five republl
cans. These were Annear, Benson,
Burns, Coder and Lewis. Fifty-nine
members were present. With 30 neces
sary to elect, dlark got 27, Dixon 9,
Mantle 22 and Sanders 1. On that day
Clark really came nearer winning than
at any other time during the contest.
The republicans had not been warned
of the treachery in their camp. The
job was well put up, but not quite well
enough. The Clark people themselves
said that somen of the republicans they
had secured failed to deliver the goods.
It was a game that could not be worked
twice. The Clark people tried it on
WILLIAM J. HANNAH.
He's the Rev. Hannah
Gaze now at the moral and Intellect
ual lineaments of the Rev. William J.
Hannah, state senator from Sweet
Grass county; note his introspective
cast of countenance; observe that
broad and scholarly brow. that austere
nose, that ascetic mouth, that sancti
monious beard, that long and rever
ent ear, that saintly pose of head.
Could ever carnal thought occur to such
a man? His very air smells of the
cloister. You could imagine Hannah
in a friar's cold, underground cell, mor
tifying and macerating his naked flesh
by unmerciful flagellation, only paus
Ing at long intervals to array himself
in sackcloth and ashes, and groan aloud
his paternosters.
Or you could imagine Hannah gird
ing up his loins and going forth to
wrestle mightily with Apollyon, Beelza
bub, Belial, Lucifer, Zamlel and the
rest of the cloven-hoofed powers and
princes of darkness, hurling them all
and singly back into the bottomless pit
whence they came. Or you could imag
Sine Hannah journeying in meek and
lowly fashion among the poor, the sick,
the afflicted and the broken-hearted: a
Father Damien, tenderly ministering to
their bodily and spiritual wants, weep
ing with those that weep, pouring the
balm of Gilead over their wounds, and
bringing comfort and consolation and
hope and peace to all. Or you could
imagine Hannah ascending into the
pulpit, expounding the law and the
prophets, and holding vast multitudes
again on the final ballot, but made a
fizzle of it. Every reader of the Stand
ard remembers what a feeling of popu
lar indignation swept over the state
when the methods of the Clark cam
paign were revealed. The renegade re
publicans themselves were so fright
ened that thy flew back to their own
party next day and the ballot found
Clark with 23 votes, 33 being necessary
to elect.
During the closing fortnight of the
fight the excitement was intense.
Prominent democrats of the state out
side of the .fctions that had been act
Ing in the astjte did everything in their
power to eredt a compromise, and the
supporters of Judge Dixon were ready
to join cheerfully and earnestly In the
movement, aMd to elect any good'demo
crat. Men ofp ational fame in democ
racy earnestly uerged compromise, but
Mr. Clark reaWsed, insisting that he was
sure of an eleciton. The ftlal ,ballot
was a surprite. tor the reason that it
revealed the identity of two men who
knew all the priyaples of the'opposition
and who tothe very end had been in
the confidences of their respective fac
tions. They had been among the loud
est in denunciation of Mr. Clark's
methods. Banner of Deer Lodge and
Graves of Silver Bow played their parts
with consummate hypocrisy. Their mo
tives had never been doubted by any
man in Montana. The final vote was
the crowning blunder in Clark's boodle
campaign. Mr. Clark supposed he had
it, but he fell flat. In that ballot, how
ever, all the legislative faith was
brought to the surface and exposed to
view. The final ballot was as follows:
Whole number of votes, 69; necessary
to a choice, 35: W. A. Clark, 32; W. W.
Dixon, 11: Lee Mantle, 25; Thomas H.
Carter, 1. On this ballot Clark received
the votes of six republicans-Hatch,
Annear, Graves, Coder, Lewis and Van
Cleve. He also gained Bonner from
the Dixon men.
Governor Rickards appointed Lee
enraptured and enthralled in a spell
as supreme as any exercised by Savon
arola, Spurgeon or Beecher.
You might imagine Hannah doing
these things-that is if you have an
imagination strong enough. A 100
horse-power imagination is necemary
to imagine Hannah doing any one of
them. But whatever you imagine of
Hannah, don't imagine him holding his
mitt out for fifteen one-thousand dollar
bills, and thrusting them down into his
inside pocket. To be sure he was a
poor man before the Sixth legislative
assembly, and he has been living in
a brown-stone front on Easy street
since. But that's all right-Hannah
may possess a magic wand like that
used by Moses when he touched the
rock, from which straightway gushed
forth a copious stream of living water.
Hannah may not have touched any
thing so hard. cold, unfeeling and un
responsive as a rock. He may have
touched-but no matter whom or what
he touched: hle is rather touchy about
some things and care must be taken
not to hurt the feelings of this holy
man of God.
The sritftest lights are never sped.
The .ohleet deeds are never done,
The wisest words are never said.
The richest prize is never won:
The sweetest songs are never sung,
The deepest depths are never stirred,
The grandest picture's never hung,
The dearest sigh is never heard
Save by or for some other one
Though you and I may lie about
Things we have done, risks we nave
run,
The next man always fishes out
A lie that puts our own to rout.
-Chicago Times-Herald.
Mantle to fill the vacancy bauUe by
the expiration of Sanderw' term, but the
senate refused to admit Mantle.
Hoew It's Been
About the News
Up to date the Montana public has
had no knowledge at all of the experi
ences of the associated press service
with the news about the Clark sena
torial fight and its sequels. For Hel
ena the agency of the associated press,
as far as the service for the morning
newspapers Is concerned, is in the of
fice of the Helena Independent. W.
A. Clark's grip on that publication
consisted of a mortgage which covered
everything in sight in the Independ
ent's business office, editorial rooms
and mechanical department.
The Independent had been bankrupt.
In that condition it passed to men who
raised money for the putchose by
means of this mortgage. The Inde
pendent's associated press agency put
in its biggest licks for Clark--it ran
down everything and everybody not in
the Clark deal, it perverted the truth,
as a matter of course, it advertised
Clark's wealth, it predicted the verdict
that was given by the Helena grand
jury, it sneered at those who derno~uc
ed bribery, it quoted not a word of the
speeches denouncing the attempt. to
buy the republicans, it quoted the plea
that the republicans supported Clark
because he was for protection and be
cause to vote for him was thheright
way to break up the democratic p.kty
in Montana.
The thing ran along as sleek avs et
bits. Grossly outrageous as this..mts
use of the associated prese service was.,
the managers of this great news
agency really were not blameworthy.
Montana is a far-away country; it was
poisible, for the passing moment, to
send out from this distant region news
which would not have lived an hour
on the associated-press wire it the sen
atorial contest had been having its
run at Columbus, or Harrisburg, or
Springfleld, or Lincoln. Later on the
Independent agency persisted in get
ting its work in. Some time ago.
Whiteside was hauled up for a prelim
inary hearing before a petty court up
in Flathead county. Over the wires
went a report of this put-up job.
Meanwhile, time and again the su
preme court of Montana had dealt with
the preliminaries to the action that was
brought for the proposed disbarment
of John. B. Wellcome. There were ar
guments and adjournments and hear
ings and a succession of highly-sig
niflcant incidents. Not a peep about
these from the Helena agency of the
associated press.
Finally the supreme court announc
ed that it had jurisdletioh, that it
would hear the case; and it set a day
when the trial under the charges must
begin. Not a whisper about this new
turn in affairs went over the press
wires. One week ago last Monday the
trial started. Whiteside was exam
ined and cross-examined. State Sena
tor Clark went through the same or
deal. Senator Myers testified, and
Minshall and Chaplain Warren and
others. The case ran on from Monday
morning till Saturday night, and the
associated press service hadn't even
so much as a suspicion' of what was
going on. Finally, Saturday night a
week ago, a summary exact as to the
facts but necessarily too brief to pre
sent the week's work properly, was
sent from the Anaconda agency, ac
cepted and sent to the country. It at
once started up the call for "specials."
It was a sure shot that the Helena
Independent office, in view of the fact
that the country was advised of the
trial, would start out to send alleged
reports of the defense. That was not
permitted; Mr. W. E. Vigus, high In
the associated press service and a vet
eran in the work, was commissioned
to look after the matter. Mr. Vigus
has charge of the very important as
sociated press office at Ogden, whence
the report for the West and for the
Northwest is handled. Mr. Vigus con
cluded to deal with this important
business in person.
Of course, the news-service mill
doesn't grind with the water that has
passed, and it could not adequately
"cover" the Wellome testimony for
a week that had run by. But imme
diately on his arrival in Helena Mr.
Vigus made himself familiar with the
facts. These he summarized and dur
ing last week a normal, honest, intel
ligent report of the tail end at least
of the Wellcome case went over the
associated press wires to the newspa
pers of the country.
Garr, He Laid Low.
Garr was in Helena during most of
the time of the Wellcome trial but, for
whatever reason, he was not put on the
stand. Indeed, the closing of the case
for the defendant shut out several peo
pile whose testimony the public had been
anticipating. But the silence of Garr
did not deprive Flathead county of rep
resentation in the trial. Mr. Jaqueth
of the lower house was a witness. He
is one of the republicans who went
over in a bunch to Clark. First of all,
the defense introduced Mr. Hobson. His
testimony related to caucuses and talks
about voting for Clark. Hobson was a
republican leader in the legislature.
After these two republicans had testi
fled it really became difficult for the
public to get an accurate idea of just
what did happen at the meetings the
Clark republicans held.
No Crowding In Street Cars.
In Hamburg if a policeman sees even
one more passenger in a trolley car than
its seating capacity calls for he makes
a note of it and the conductor is fined 73
cents for a local charity fund.
CHARLES W. HOFFMAN.
BEASLEY DOESN'T APPEARTO WANT TO
There's anotlher phase of senatorial
politics that, according to* te docket
of. the district court in Sweet Grass
county, ought in the regular order of
events to have reached a hearing. It
is the. celeprated case of Republican
Legislator Beasley versus several of his
fellow citizens in Big Timber who hang
ed Beasley in.efflgy and whom Beas
ley has sued for libel. The facts in re
gard to Bensley, wlio voted for Clark
"because Clark was in favor of a pro
tective tariff," are not forgotten by the
public.
In active eruption, likewise, In the
memory of Beasley's hasty trip to St.
Paul and as well of the-deposition he
made in regard to the habit he says he
has of going about with thousand-dol
lar bills in his pocket. The trial of the
Beasley libel suit was on the calendar
Cold Weather Is
a Good Tonic,
From the St. Louis. Globe-Democrat.
Many person regard the winter season
as an unfortunate visitation. It is con
sidered both uncomfortable to the body
and harmful to health. This is an error.
Cold is a most potent agent for, the ree
toration and preservation of normal ac
tivity on the part of the organs of the
human body. It is a wise plan of provi
dence which gives us a change of sea
sons. The winter cold comes as a tonic
to repair the injuries done by the ener
vating heat of summer. Summer, it is
true. has many wise uses in the matter
of health. It induces outdoor life,,rlds
the system of poisons through copious
perspiration and through the scorching
rays of the sun destroys germ life.
Winter is the great bracer of the sys
tem. It stimulates activity in. every or
gan. When cold attacks the surface of
the body the blood 'is set into more free
circulation as a means of bodily warmth.
It is through the circulation of the blood
that the human anatomy is kept in a
state of repair. When the food has been
digested and, converted into liquid form
it is takern up by the blood and carried
the rounds of the system for the pur
pose of repairing the waste places. When
the cold causes increased circulation it
also brings about more perfect nutri
tion. Through increased demand for
A. L. JAQUETH.
for last week, but, on the request of the
pl.tintiff, it went over. Perhaps the
case will keep, although it appears that
the defense in this effigy case was 'pre
pared to gO ahead with the trial.
The preliminaries were all squarely
planned; Beasley accused 'certain to his
townsmen of the elfigy work and
charged upon them the authorshipr of
the little texts and proverbs and com
ments that adorned the mock hanging.
The answer in behalf of the defendants
was that they were the men who did
the. business and that, in their opinion,
the holy show thus made of Beasley
was treatment which, in vieW ef his
conduct at Helena, he richly merited.
The case will be of uncommon inter
est when it reaches trial and the de
fense insists that it certainly shall be
tried.
nutrient matter which quickened ..lcu
Isatlon causes there is improved dlgestibn.
The enitire repair machinery is stimulated
td rene*ed fnhhustr.
Wintry air, as is well known;:' .lhs
with it- a sense of renewed 'Strength' and
..vtality. The restorative .power of dold
is well-linstrated in the case o6 the dash
of cold water in the face of a fainting
person. When a person is in a faint there
is a practical suspension of life for the
time, yet an application of cold water to
the face promptly restores circaultton
and renewsa life. This same fact. is il
lustrated by the cold face bath on rising
from bed in the morning. The Indians
who, if not now, in former days roamed
our western borders, practically without
clothing to shelter their bodies, became,
through long exposure, so inured to the
cold that it gave thein but little discom
fort.
Man's face and hands illustrate how
weatherproof the body becomes when ex
posed to the air. Continued activity in
circulation on the surface, caused by the
air coming in contact with the skin,
tends to nourish and thicken- the skin.
Thus man's skin grows, thicker in win
ter just as animals are supplied with a
double coat of fur to resist the cOld.
When springtime returns man's skin be
comes thin and the animal sheds its top
coat of fur.
The savages who dwell -bareheaded in
the open air are seldom, if ever, known
to be afflicted with bald heads, While,
with the ýivilian who shields his. scalp
from the tir, baldness is prevalent. A
sure preventive of diphtheria, croup and
similar maladies among"ohlildreh is to
bring about such vigorous circulation and
vitality, through means of cold baths, as
will render the children immune from the
attacks of the germs which cause these
diseases.

xml | txt