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L*«i* and Clarke Republican Ticket. ]
i.i.oi-r, vnvi:.
I"r Member of t lie Council—SI I. V" H. C KOI N'SE
For Member» of the Bouse of Representatives—
For .loint Member of the House Jefl'erson anil '
Lewi« a C"arke counties)—ALEX. C BOTKIN. !
For Sheri il— JAMES W. HATHAWAY.
For Treasurer—W. N. BALDWIN.
For Cleric and Recorder— W. K. FREDERICK.
For I'robate Judge—EDWIN W. CRAVEN.
For County Attorney—THOS. F. CASEY.
For Co. Supt. of Schools— HELEN R. CLARKE.
For County Commissioners—WM. NEGI'S.
For surveyor—BENJ. F. MARSH.
For .Public Administrator— H. C. VA EGER.
For Coroner— DR. C. G. BROWN.
For Justices of the Peace— J. ARMITAGE.
For Constables—ANTON KGNTZ.
Alter the most prolonged and spirited j
uonteot ever witnessed in a Republican ■
Territorial Convention in Montana, Col. !
Wilbur F. Sanders is again and for the
ourtli time the nominee for Delegate.
While the struggle has been so 'harp and
hotly contested, it cannot be said that j
there has been any personal bitterness |
mingled with the strife. It was only in |
honest differences of opinion as to the I
availability of the contestants in the j
pending contest. For the first time in j
our Territorial history of more than !
twenty-two years there is more than an I
even chance for Republican success, j
Two years ago Mr. Toole was elected j
by a very small majority and owed that |
to the complimentary votes cast for him !
by personal friends among the Republi- j
can. In the two years that have since !
«•lapsed there have been considerable j
changes in the voting population of our j
Territory, enough certainly to more
than dispose of the small margin by
which Mr. Toole was then elected.
True, we now have a Democratic na
tional administration, which gives that
party the advantage of a few official
importations and the command of some
official patronage, but the general course
of the administration has not been one to
command the approval even of the Democ
raev of Montana, and we may say it has,
on the whole been extremely unpopular
and offensive. Though the Democratic
convention and candidate may endorse
Cleveland's administration, the people
of Montana do not and cannot with a
decent self-respect. The Democrats of
.Montana are placed by the action of
their national administration on the de
fensive. and as the} 7 cannot support the
main features of itsj'policy^are com
pelled to apologize for it perpetually.
The people of Montana are not of that
sort to support men and measures for
which they are compelled to apologize.
They understand their interests too
clearly and are too frank and fearless in
defending them in speech and action to
abase themselves to secure favor by
hypocritical fawning, rather than a fear
less, straightforward demand of their in
alienable birthright.
The great question that concerns
Montana above all others is her early
admission as a State. With Senators
and Representatives in Congress we can
secure attention to our wants that is
now contemptuously denied. The Dem
ocratic party at present consists mainly of
New York city and the solid South. They
fear and hate the growing Northwest?
and no new State from that section will
ever be admitted so long as they can
prevent it.
Such is the fact of the situation, and
men of Montana might as well face the
fact and act intelligently in view of it.
For such a crisis and such a work as
we have in securing recognition and ad
mission as a State, there is no man in
Montana so able and disposed to serve
us as Col. Sanders. He has been with
us through all our history, and bas made
no small part of that history. His voice
was heard when order was first
evoked out of the chaos of
crime that reigned and rioted
here in 1862-3, and at every stage of our
grand and triumphant progress towards
power and prosperity he has been fore
most as a leader and his voice has been
heard in every contention of opinions,
in every forum of debate. We are now
at the very threshold of the most event
ful crisis iu our history and we want our
ablest champion at the front. It is no
time to recall the smarts that personal
and political friends have received in
days past at the Colonel's incisive
tongue. The great practical question for
us as intelligent men, acting for the
present and preparing for the greater
future, is to choose for our leader the
ablest uiau among us and fight for our
dearest rights and interests and make his
election sure.
Time and again has Col. banders led
the forlorn hope of Montana Republi
cans, when there was no possibility of
success, and now the day of victory is
dawning, it is but right that he should
lead the final charge and bear the party
bauner in the first flush cf victory. Let
all doubts aud past preferences and
petty grievances and differences among
us be cast as rubbish behind our back
and let us close up and move on to as
sured and complete victory.
Declarations of Principles of
the Republican Party of
Arraignment of the Cleveland
Reproval of the Territorial De
mocracy for its Endorsement
of the Nefarious Acts of
the President and His
The Sufferings and Sacrifices Im
posed Upon the Settlers by
Sparks and His Spies.
The Republican Party Consistently
and Always the Champion of the
Soldier and Laborer.
Résolutions That Appeal to the Intelli
gence and Support the Convictions
of the People.

The following is the platform of princi
pies adopted by the Territorial Conven
tion. assembled at Butte, September 13th:
The Republicans of Montana at the
close of a third of a century since the or
ganization of the party, reviewing history,
find in the past career of their party abun
dant cause for congratulation. Organized
to protect and dignify labor and secure to
the present and future generations the in
stitutions of liberty, and confronted by op
positions and perils such as no party before
experienced, it bore itself nobly, and its
record is among the eternal splendors of
history. Every proposition of beneficence
which it brought forward was confronted
by Democratic opposition, and every such
proposition the people approved and made
secure. In the midst of a career thus noble
it has been called upon to laydown for the
time lieing the responsibilities of power
and the Democratic party reigns in its
1. We cannot join the Democratic party
of Montana in the approval of the admin
istration of Grover Cleveland. Before his
inauguration, when besought by his politi
cal friends to consult with them before
committing himself in a raid upon silver,
he obstinately refused their courteous re
quest, and rushed into print to depreciate
so far as lay in his power the value of a
■metal which has been a measure of com
mercial value from the dawnings of histo
ry. His administration since his inaugura
tion has been so deftly conducted by him
and his conspirators that the value of sil
ver during that time has decreased with
greater rapidity than it ever (lid before.
Omitting no action, personal or official,
that would decrease the value of this
metal, his administration has sought by
every means in its grasp to increase the
cost in its production in the United States,
to the end that this great industry might
be within our limits annihilated. They
have sought for excuses to endeavor to set
aside titles to mining property already
granted ; they have rendered difficult, if
not impossible, the procurement by the
miner of wood, timber and lumber neces
sary in the prosecution of this industry,
and they have thrown around the produc
tion of the precious metal every obstruc
tion which lay in their power. To this
end obsolete laws have been resurrected
violent and unjust interpretations have
been placed upon them : regulations an
noying and harrassing to the miner have
l>een adopted in clear contravention of any
lawful authority, and the great resource of
the United States is threatened by this ad
ministration with practical extinction,
while at the time of its organization the
citizens of the United States were en
couraged by wise laws and liberal interpre
tations of them to give consequence to
their country bv producing large quanti
ties of the precious metal, until it promis
ed to be the great producer of the precious
metals of the world.
2. As to the agricultural laws, the in
fluence of the administration has been
given to the repeal or amendment of those
laws whereby the settler could secure land
and a home to himself, and a commission
er of the general land office, renowned for
his hostility to the people of the West for a
score of years, assumed to suspend a law of
congress granting to the people of the west
pre-emption, homestead and desert entry
rights, and when thwarted by a Republican
Senate, gave as his excuse that the peo
ple of the West were securing these homes
in great numbers in the apprehension that
the laws might finally be repealed. For
such a crime as this ministers have been
impeached, States have rebelled and mon
arches been beheaded. Regulations justified
by no authority of law have been by him pre
scribed, to harass and annoy the farmer,
the miner and the grazer. Recognizing the
corrupting influence of public patronage
and trusting for continued authority by its
unblushing use, he has taken every tree
and field of the public domain into his
possession to be farmed out to favorites as
the whim or caprice of persons may dic
tate who are alien to our jwpulation and
without sympathy with their sacrifices and
toils. Beyond this, he has filled the coun
try with spies, animated by his malice and
anxious for his applause, who prowl by
night and day around the homestead of
the citizen, the mill of the miner, and the
shop of the mechanic, to find some circum
stance of suspicion to report to his chief
and thereby win his approval. A system
of espionage thus extensive and active and
characterized by such malice has been un
known until now since the dark ages.
3. The veterans of the armies of the
United States, survivors of their country's
wars, whom congress has unanimously ad
judged to be worthy of support and has
voted pensions accordingly, are by the
gross and ribald veto messages of the Presi
dent denied such an expression of the pub
lic gratitude. Army officers of approved
valor who have added to their country's
renown are refused promotion because ad
vancing years will soon place them on the
retired list of the army. The heroes of
hundreds of battles, who ied our armies to
victory, are denied by arbitrary order the
selection of their military lamilies, and it has
decreased the military force among the
various Indian tribes in the Territories
where it is liable at any time to be needed.
4. The administration has abolished
many postoffices and diminished the mail
service of the Territory and has turned
over the distribution of letters in many in
stances to men wholly unfamiliar with the
service and utterly incompetent for the
charge of its duties, thus crippling the ser
vice where its blessings are invaluable that
the money thereby saved might be squan
dered in politically powerful communities
of the East.
5. In defiance of the pledges and plat
form ou whicn the Provident wa- elected,
he ha-? chosen to disregard the civil service
law: has arbitrarily disobeyed the com
mand of his party that the territorie- shall
have home rule, but has imported into
theta strangers to their people and institu
tions to continue the influences of disor
ganization that have been so long active,
île has assailed our ship buiidinz interests
and for partisan purposes pursued one of
our citizens, whose reputation was world
wide, to his destruction, until the products
of his ingenuity and skill are now sailing
under foreign flags. He refused to encour
age American commerce upon the high
seas, employing foreign merchant ships
sailing under loreign flags to carry the
United .States mail, and by refusing to pay
our appropriations passed by his own party
representatives to encourage our American
merchant marine.
H. He drove out of the Indian Territory,
where they were doing no harm, millions
of dollars worth of cattle at an inclement
season o: the year, whereby the markets
of the United States were abnormally dis
turbed. great injury 'oeing done not only
to the owners ot the cattle and the Indian
tribes who were receiving pay for their
pasturage, but also to the entire industry
on the continent of America. Having in
advertantly passed a law whereby the du
ties upon imported wool were decreased, to
that extent we were brought into competi
tion with foreign wools, and the Democratic
party and administration have pertinacious
ly refused to restore this protection to one
of the greatest and most profitable indus
tries of the country. We demand the res
toration of the tariff on wool of 18<i7.
7. The advancing development of the [
age recognizing new avenues of commerce
and new methods of locomotion, a bill j
passed by the Congress cf the United states :
permitting the construction of a great high- j
way of commerce through our northern
Iuaian reservation was vetoed by the I'resi- I
dent, avowedly to rescue from foreign iu- j
fluences the savage life which from time
immemorial has there prevailed, although :
the savages themselves, nearly a third of a .
ceutnry ago, had consented that such a
highway might be built.
In the department of justice a scandal in- j
voicing its head, of a character confessedly j
more wicked and disreputable than any- ;
thing that has ever before occurred in our j
history, meets with no condemnation from
the head of the government, but all the
instrumentalities of that great department
and of the government itself are being
openly and covertly used to encourage the !
high officers of the government in their i
itching for gain. ;
8. Although the surplus :a the treasury
at the beginning of his administration was j
large, and we were promised its distribu- :
tion to the creditors of the government, it
has since been increased by at least six**
millions, and although a law was passed •
providing for the distribution of a large
portion thereof, the President of tbe United
States was able, by the adjournment of
Congress, to prevent the enactment from j
becoming a law.
0. The people of the United States, j
humanized by their civilization, have set a
commanding example ol the .-settlement ot ,
national différentes by arbitration, and
their solemn word is giv tn to the nations
of the world that there shall be no war ,
until more peaceable mean- have failed.
Notwithstanding which, the incarceration
of an American citizen under the laws ol a
sister republic, under the jnrisdi« tion ot
which he chose to place himself and where
he perpetrated his offense, and where, with
the situation reversed, the United States
would not surrender the culprit except in
the exercise of entire pusillanimity, was
threatened, upon an exparte examination. [
with all the horrors of war it it did not
instantly release the prisoner
The entire ail ministration of President |
Cleveland has been an administration of ;
broken promises and violated pledges. His
acts have belied his profession, and instead
of being the aj>ostle of reform ne has been
the champion of the L>emoeratic system of
spoils and plunder. He promised economy. ;
but has been guilty of profligate extrava- j
gance. He promised civil service roform. i
but ha- practiced the mast shameless par- :
tisanship. In violation of his promises j
and of law, he has removed from office '
crippled soldiers, who fought for their
country in the Union army, to make places j
for those who fought in the Confederate
army to destroy their country. He has
appointed spies and informers to make
secret and unfounded charges which he !
dare not make public, upon which honest !
and faithful officers have been removed in (
order to make places for Democratic par
tisans of the most offensive type. While
upon our Northwestern herder many thou- ;
sands of American citizens in the pursuit
of industries more than a century old, :
which they have followed, are being driven
out from the high seas before the guns of !
the British navy, the Department of
State has not made up its mind what to
do. In all the departments, in frequent '
intances of grave public tru-ts, high
honors were sought to be conferred upon
felons who had satisfied or escaped crimi
nal justice.
For these and other betrayals of official
duty we disagree to a Democratic j
resolution endorsing the administra
tion of Grover Cleveland. We de
mand faithful, honest and intelli- ;
gent officers to discharge public trusts,
•honest and economic administration of j
government, cessation of appointment.-; of I
carpet-baggers to office in the Territories,
legislative and executive action to appre
ciate the value of silver and continue it as
one of the measures of commercial values 1
in the industial economy of the world. To I
this end there should be reate l a perma
nent financial commission whose duty it i
should be by every process occurring to
intelligent and fair-minded men to induce
the civilized nations to recognize that this !
great commercial measure is essential to !
the industries of the world and the happi
ness of mankind, and that our legislature
should keep the same objects in view.
We demand that the system of espion
age which has been given such vigorous j
growth and has been animated with such |
malignant purposes, shall cease, and that .
reports of special agents ot the various de
partments of the government shall be pub
lished as soon as the pretended criminals
implicated can be arrested
We demand the abrogation of those reg
ulationy which prevail relating to the cut
ting of timber, and that said law be ad
ministered in the liberal spirit which dic
tated its amendment, and that it be so
amended as that the citizens of the West
on lands unfit for agriculture shall without
waste, destruction or exportation have the
free, untrammelled right to its use for all
domestic, farming, mechanical and mining
purposes. And we do deny that there is
any law extant whereby the interior de
partment can farm out to favorites any
portion of the public domain for the pur
pose of cutting timber, but assert that the
rights which that law secures are equal to
every citizen, and that the regulations
which propose to make it a matter of party
patronage are in violation of the statute
itself, and in clear contravention of the in
alienable rights of American citizens.
Resolved, That the diminution and entiie
destruction of the Indian reservations is
a plain duty of the hour, and that the con
tinued existence of them over one-fifth of
the geographical area of the Territory of
Montana is a reproach to the civilization
of the age, and we pledge ourselves to ef
forts for their rapid extinction.
The Republicans of Montana point with
grateful satisfaction to their past political
record upon the question of home rule.
When their own party administration de

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nied it to them they condemned that de
nial with no uncertain sound, and demand
ed for themselves and all people this in
alienable right. They therefore view with
unfeigned satisfaction the aspirations ol
other people for this great boon and the
growing impulse of all just-minded states
manship to grant it, not as a privilege, but
as a right.
Resolved, That we welcome with equal
hospitality to the Territory of Montana
every railroad constructed hither or con
templated, according to each the free exer
cise of its legitimate functions, but insist
ing that within the limits consistent with
private ownership of its stock it is subjec t
to the control and direction of th_- local
Resolved, That Montana will not have in
the councils of the nation that just in
fluence to which she is entitled until she
is admitted into the Union upon an equal
looting with the other States, and that
efforts to accomplish so great a result have,
for partisan reasons, l>ecn shamefully
Resolved, That as the republican party
was organized in the interests of labor, and
has been through all its history nobly sup
ported by those engaged in daily toil, it
has been faithful to the great interests of
its organization. It is the only buiwark
to-day against the labor of foreign coun
tries. and its protection of Auieiù an labor
has heretofore secured to capital just
returns and to labor a remunera
tive reward, aud we denounce attempts
to readjust the tariff by sacrificing
such interests as in the judg
ment of demagogues lind behind
them no. dangerous voting power. And
we insist that to the laborer should be se
secured the right to consult w ith his fellow
laborers in every peaceful way to fix the
price of his labor, and that capital as it in
creases its production ought to share with
labor in the advancing prosperity of
our country.
That we* favor such laws as will give to
mechanics, miners and laborers a first lien
upon all mines and strnctures upon which
they may [»erform labor.
That a board of arbitration should be
provided by law, which shall have author
ity to determine all differences aud disputes
submitted to them which may arise between
employers and employes, to the end that
strikes and lock-outs may be avoided.
Re solved, That in the Territory of Mon
tana we favor greater strictness of official
responsibility, enconomy in administration
and legislation, and that every article of
property within the limits of the statute,
according to its value should contribute its
quota of taxation.
That the passage by Congress of an en
actment emasculating the functions of the
legislative assemblies of the Territories is
to an alarming and dangerous extent a de
nial of home rule, and a vote of a want of
confidence in their people which no past
history or present danger palliates or ex
cuses. and to our now ever varying and
rapidly expanding settlements and indus
tries is. and will continue, an embarrass
Finally, Resolved, That the administra
tion of Gover Cleveland and the leaders of
the Montana Democracy in surrendering
the interests and sacrificing the hopes of
the free and progressive West, deserve sig
nal and condign retribution, and we invite
the electors of Montana in entire disre
gard of party differences to join us in de
fense of the principles herein set forth,
with such emphasis as to make further sur
render impossible in the future.
All the parties are eager for votes on
the eve of au election and are apt to be
profuse in promises and protestations of
favor, but the workiugmeu of this coun
try are too intelligent to be deceived and
allured by such taffy. We know well
enough that the Democratic party has
alway- pretended to be the -pedal cham
pion of the laboring man. What has it
ever done for them beyond profession
and promise? "By their fruits ye shall
know them." I'resident Buchanan
vetoed the homestead law and I'resident
Lincoln signed it. The Democrat}* party
upheld slavery to the last, and the slave
holding Democracy branded the work
ingmen of the North as "mudsills" and
treated them as such. The Republican
party made the slave free, wiping from
the brow of honest toil the brand of
servility and releasing the Northern
laborer from the degrading competition
with tbe bondman. There has been no
act in the w hole history of this country
that has so dignified labor, increased its
rewards, and given it the power and op
portunity to protect its own rights and in
terests. The Republican party has cham
pioned always and foremost the public
free -chools, which from New England
have now* overspread the w hole country,
increa-ing the skill and multiplying the
resources of every laboring man in the
country. The same party would gladly
have given money from the national
treasury to extirpate the illiteracy of the
South, but those iu possession of the
power in that section fear, as well they
may, the power that would come with
education to those who are now ineffi
cient and weak through ignorance.
The Republican party gave the needed
encouragement to the construction of
railroads, which have rendered habita
ble the distant wastes which otherwise
would have been a howling wilderness
to-day. Millions of happy, thrifty homes
to-day witness to the wisdom of their
By protection of American industries,
consistently, successfully adhered to as a
cardinal principle, the Republican party
has built up the great manufacturing
industries of the country, opening new
and profitable fields for the employment
of skilled labor and creating home mar
kets for those engaged in the cultivation
of the soil.
Without extending further a record of
unvarying care and increasing rewards
for the laboring man, not merely promis
ed but accomplished through the Re
publicau party. What has the Demo
cratic party done to show that it is the
friend of the laboring man and entitled
to his support ? If Democratic policy
had prevailed we would have had no
mechanical class of laborers, all would
have been poor cultivators of the soil,
moving to their unrequited toil at the
crack of the overseers' whip, swelling
the revenues of continental manufac
turers and ship owners. Search the
records and see for yourselves the truth
of what we here state.
People who live in glass houses should
not throw stones.
Complete Text of the Ad
dress of the Republican
Standard Bearer De
livered at Butte.
One of the Best Oratorical Ef
forts of His Life.
A Political I tterauce that Every
Montanian Will Head.
Alex. C. Botkin on the Nomination.
Mr. President, Fellow Republicans, Gen
tlemen : I confess that this is an occasion
of great embarrassment. I have no speech
prepared appropriate to deliver in accept
ing at your hands the nomination which
you have conferred. The Governor ot this
Territory, in my town, has u newspaper
which has been violently gesticulating and
tearing its hair in its deep solicitude tor
the welfare of the Republican party and
the action that it should take this day.
Not doubting its sincerity, 1 have read in
its columns of the friends that have fallen
away from me, of the infidelities of which
I had been guilty, until I had made up my
mind that it was fitting that a Republican
who had stood before this people for twenty
three years should come oyer here and
with whatsoever of will, of voice, ol cor
diality. he could command, should second
the nomination which you should be
pleased to make. I find now that my good
intentions have l»een thwarted.
It is more than twenty-two years ago
that I first stood before a small gathering
of Republicans in the Territory ot Mon
tana. with clouds and darkness in the sky,
and accepted from their hands the nomi
nation as their candidate lor delegate in
congress. From that time to this, as occasion
seemed to require and as duty command
ed, I have taken that standard and borne
it through these mountains with whatso
ever of fidelity I could command. To me,
lor sayiDg a word for republicanism, all
spots have been temples and all seasons
summer. [Applause.] Outnumbered but
not overawed, .defeated but neyer over
whelmed, we have come out of every bat
tle with our banners still in the l^eautitul
sky. lighting up the dark places ot Mon
tana with a light the like of which was
never yet on sea or land. [Applause.] I
confess that some of these occasions have
been lonesome. [Laughter.] Some of
these duties have been laborious, but I
have never yielded an hour to the Repub
lican party of Montana that has not car
ried with' it its overwhelming reward.
What can I say, as I recall the names of
the living and the dead who have been
with me in those heady battles, that shall
do justice to the magnificence of their
courage and to the heroism and devotion
of their faith ? The demi-gods of ancient
mythology pale into insignificance before
the nobility of their deeds. [Applause.]
We have had an overwhelming majority to
contend with at home, we have not always
commanded the sympathy of our friends
abroad, but finally it has come to a time in
the history of Montana when the Lord has
delivered the enemy into our hands.
[Laughter and applause. 1 During that
time children have been born, they have
grown to manhood and will be voters in
this election. From all the busy mouths
of mischief has come the accusation that
all the evils with which nature seems to
have afflicted the earth are due to the reign
of Republicanism. There would be no
more need for toil, no man need to earn his
bread bv the sweat of his brow, if once the
Democratic party could be given the reins.
Cyclones would vanish from the earth and
earthquakes disturb the surface of the globe
no more, if there could'be a Democratic
I'resident in the White House and a Dem
ocratic Governor in Montana. [Laughter.]
The hour has come. We have had eigh
teen months of it, and how do you like it ?
Not how do you Republicans like it, but
how do you Democrats like it ?
It has* started in by betraying the very
interests that are dear to you, your wives
and children, your firesides and homes,
your fortunes and everything that you pos
sess. [Applause.] It is a well organized
conspiracy, not against the industrial pros
perity alone, but against social order as
The wageworkers, whose brawny hands
indeed have long l>een the support and
strength and sustenance of the Republican
party, but some of whom have been misled
by^p'anderers to their own harm, are com
ing to the forefront, and they are going to
inquire how their interests can be sub
served. Thank God, they have entered
upon that quest 1 It is high time that they
did so. If we shall demonstrate to them,
as demonstrate we can. by evidence that is
as plain as the star* of night, or the sun in
the heaven, that the Democratic party has
never Jbeen their friend, that it has never
done anything but promise what it knew it
could not fulfill, and that their great bul
wark and strength lies in identification
with the Republican party, I have no ap
prehension but that we shall not only hold
them all with us, but those who have never
been with us before will come like doves to
the windows and say : "Let me in at this
late day. ' [ Laughter and applause. ]
Thev are our neighbors. They are our
friends. They are bound up with us in
heart and hope. They are patriots that
love their country and hav e no future be
yond its existence, its prosperity, and its
glory. Men thus bound to us by ties of a
common interest, enjoying the same su
preme government, knowing that they are
kings over all, are not going to be fooled by
honeyed words, and I thought as my friend
Botkin this morning spoke, it was well to
say that "a party shall be known not by its
words but by its deeds," and the deeds of
the Republican «party in behalf of human
freedom and in behalf of securing to labor
dignity and nobility are written in lines
across the forefront of the universal sky.
It is a hopeful sign of the times. I wel
come it with glad rejoicing, that all over
this Territory of Montana and all over this
country those men are beginning to inquire
how can I best subserve the interests with
which I am identified and the interests of
those who, like me, earn their bread by the
sweat of their brow ? [Applause.]
The errand upon which I am invited to
start is no primrose journey. [Laughter.]
Unless there has been improvement in the
manner of oar friends, the enemy, upon
my own devoted head will pour not seven
vials, but seven demijohns of wrath, [cheers
and laughter] and set in motion myriads
of tongues that would bring a blush to the
cheeks of Ananias and Sapphira.
I am happy in being able to run against
a candidate who is my personal friend, of
whom I believe nothing can be said to his
harm, who with some aberration from a
straight line of duty can certainly have no
crime laid to his door except that he is
allied to the Democracy, and who I be
lieve will come out of this campaign a
wiser and better man. [Laughter.] If I
would consult nothing else but my own in
terest I would decline the nomination. My
interests, my identification with varions
enterprises is such as to make its accept
ance and the consequent election consider
able of a sacrifice. That election will in
auit Ul « 50 UUH.V. iuai enuiuu niu m .
volve the necessity of severing my present |
relations with the best client in the Terri
tory, the Northern Pacific railroad, [loud
cheers and applause] not that I wish or
you wish that company to be turned over j
to any injustice, but because I will uot
consent to occupy a place of public trust
and seem to be influenced or Lave it plaus
ibly said that I am influenced by indi
vidual and private aud personal and
pecuniary relations. [Applause.] I have
sat here through all tLis convention, and
this is a small item, and refused when any
friends were clamoring in my ears to vote
for myself. I don't know but a man might
when he is elected to perform an official
duty for his neighbors and friends, be mis
led by personal feelings, and therefore I
have chosen to say I will j.ut everything
of that kind behind, and have it said that
I do not vote for anything from such in
fluences. [Applause.]
I shall hope during this campaign to see
many of these good Republicans in their
neighborhoods. They do not come out to
be converted. I do not propo-e to give an
hour to talk to them. I say that the time
has come, here and now, for the Democratic
party to see itself. I say it has in the Ter
ritory of Montana been grievously be
trayed. I say that those old party hacks
—I might proceed to name them ; they are
as familiar as the day is—McCormick and
Word and Cullen and Johnston—I don't
want to get near home—1'emberton. John
.Shober and Harry Comly—the intellectual
Pleiades of the Democratic party, the
seven stars that shine or otherwise, ac
cording to your optics—have chattered
their same old resolutions, borrowed this
time from the State of Indiana. What
have they done? They have eudorsed an
administration that has been in possession
of the government about eighteen months,
and it has got so that now the very Demo
cratic President of the United States can
not go fishing but silver will rise a cent or
two on that account. [Laughter and ap
plause. 1
After a conspiracy against the welfare of
that metal which is one of the great pro
ducts of Western Montana, so adroitly
manipulated and so vigorously executed
that the financial world stood appalled at
its aberrations; after the production of
that metal within the limits of Montana
had been imperiled, and all the instrumen
talities essential for its treatment had been
denied, a Democratic convention met in
the Territory of Montana and endorsed
the administration of Grover Cleveland !
And that, too, after the farmer at his fire
side had been assailed by spies and in
formers that recalled the Fifteenth century
along the shores of the Mediterranean, and
after we had been privately and confident
ially maligned to the commissioner of the
gineial land office until he has said to our
own citizens under the dome of a building
that we pay for and over which floats a
flag that some of us fought to defend, that
03 per cent, of the people of the West were
liars and thieves, and that the Democratic
party was no better than the Republicans—
the only truth he told. [Cheers and ap
plause. J I don't know how it is with you,
but I don't feel grateful for his margin of
five per cent.
They have done what they could to wipe
out of the United States the ideas of thrift,
of enterprise, of morality, that have made
many communities grow, out of which
have been born the great industries that
crown the world as with a garden of roses,
that have giveu us the orators, the poets,
the teachers, the preachers, and all the
great aud benitrn influences that elevate
man from the level of tht, animal to the
height of the angels. And when the Presi
dent of the United States had defied a
command of his own party, which was a
command adoted because the Republicans
had first adopted it in Chicago—for the
Democrats always ride in the back end of
the car and never see anything until the
train gets clear by it—that the quality, the
element of home rule should be accorded
to these Territories, that the men who rule
over them should have some sympathy
with their sacrifices and their toils and
their expectations ; and when the President
had conspired against every industry that
could make Montana profitable to live in,
so that I affirm that if those regulations ot
Mr. Sparks are enforced the Territory of
Montana will be depopulated within three
years, and that the coming winter will
freeze mothers and babes to death for
want of fire-wood that is annually destroy
ed on our mountains, the Democratic party
got together, and instead of standing up
like men they got down on their bellies
and resolved that the administration of
Grover Cleveland was entitled to endorse
ment. [Applause.] I do not wonder that
on the very day that those chattering par
rots passed that resolution the greatest in
dustrial enterprise under a single manage
ment in Montana, the Anaconda company,
closed down.
I tell you that if this people of Montana
shall show themselves so spiritless that
they shall submit to these prosecutions, to
these extortions, in the name of Democracy,
they are lit to be slaves, and I neyer stood
so amazed in the presence of men.
1 wonder upon what gruel of pusillani
mity human beings could live that could
take out of them all the manhood, that
would induce them to go and pass a vote of
thanks to the very party that was starving
their wiyes and children at home.
Let this all go. We shall see you again.
We know that we shall have the custom
ary cry for harmony ; we know that we
shall lind the customary appeal for votes.
But in the forefront ol'this battle inquire,
you men that are engaged in producing sil
ver, how stands the value of that metal
on the 4th of March, 1883? In the
400 years that we have traces of its value,
find that possibly by some adroit
computation it may have decreased every
year—I believe it is ..aid a tenth of a mill
in ten years or fifty years—but tell me if
ever in the world's history there was such
a tumble as has been given to it by the
actions of the administration in power?
Now, then, gentlemen, I say that all
these old issnes, which concern philo
sophies and morals and did concern men,
are passed away. We are asked by this
Democratic party for our vote of a want of
confidence in ourselves. They have passed
a law that our legislative assembly should
not even have the privilege of establishing
a new county, or changing a county seat.
They know that they are dangerous to
themselves, and they think that they are
dangerous to their friends. [Applause.]
We will set an example of devotion to
the interests of this people. We will call
things by their right names. We will not
be fooled. We will come around after
twenty-three years of history and learn for
the first time, through his own newspaper,
of the deep and abiding sympathy of his
excellency, the Governor, for the Knights
of Labor. We will show him that the pos
session of power does not and onght not to
make an intelligent and free people a lot of
maggots. I am glad I did not suicide in
the day of gloom ; bat that I lived to learn
of the Governor's sympathy for the Knights
of Labor and what a friend he is to the
laboring man.
Let ns go into this campaign like men
talking to men ; like men that want to do
justice; that desire to do justice. If we
cannot win, God knows it is honorable to
be defeated. God knows such a defeat
would make the defeated tower up into
upper sky. I would not be in Congress by
pandering to these parties, by doing them
this great wrong, by deluding them with
phantoms in order to capture their vote,
ane! I would not belong to a party that
was dishonorable enough to attempt it.
These friends
xucoe menus Of mint whose kintllv
labors have endeavored to relie te me from
these responsibilities, I beg to assure 1
deeply appreciate. Their fidelity to the
friends that they have here endorsed I am
very glad to see. Allow me to return my
grateful thanks to them. I hoped for
another issue of this struggle, but this re
sult has come, and I accept it. and do for
the fultillent of it that which lies in nn*
To these meu who have stood here and
believed that under all the circumstances i
could more fitly and more appropriately
signify their desires in the ear of power
who have believed that 1 had the courage
to say in the ears of the noble and the
great that this wrong must be instantlv
undone, no conscious existence beyond the
grave cau leave me without memories oi
affection for them.
From the honest indignation against an
administration like this, we can certainly
have by our side on this glorious occasion
a goodly number of Democrats also. They
are ail welcome.
We will stop the mouths of these Wash
ington liars, and we will put to flight the
armies of these Washington aliens. [Cheers
and prolonged applause.]
Mr. Chairman.—It is the desire ot Jthe
convention that I should speak a tew
words in behalf of the candidate whose
name it was my privilege to present for
your suffrages. I am glad to do it, but I
would lie sorry to protract the labors of the
convention which have Leen already some
what tedious.
The man w ho received 3 fi votes from a
body so peculiarly representative of the
best integrity and intellect of t lie Republi
can party as that which is here assembled,
cannot feel the mortification of defeat, but
the gratification of a conspicuous honor,
and in the very forefront of the battle
which is now before us I promise that
there shall lie found fighting with thorough
fidelity, with unflinching zeal, and with
manly courage no other man than Thoma
C. Power. [Cheers and applause. |
Following him as best we may. leeling
no disappointment in this result, no
bitterness, no resentment, nothing but
harmony and satisfaction, we who have
labored for him pledge to you our most
earnest labors on the stump, through the
campaign, and at the polls, nor shall any
effort of ours be wanting to complete the
victory which is most happily augured by
the eminent harmouy and good nature
that ha; chareterized the contest to-day.
And so I appeal to you to let this con
vention close with a firm and unshaken
determination to make your action of to
day good on the 2nd of Noveml>er. [Pro
longed applause?
Hi; Speech Endorsing the Republican
J/r. Chat 111111,1 and Gentlemen oj the Conven
tion :
You have doubtless ere this discovered
what we came here for. Custer county
sent its delegation here to nominate, if we
were able, the choice of that county. But
we came here as delegates with this first ol
all things in our minds, that no matter
what the result might be we would defer
to your choice, and I want to say now that
I thank those friends who stood by me in
this contest, and I have this request to
make of them, that they will support you:
nominee with the same fidelity with which
they have stood by me. [Applause.]
I appreciate the importance of the « ou
test which is before us. I appreciate the
fact that now of all times in the history of
Montana shall the Republican party, which
has hitherto been a hearse to convey a
candidate to the grave, be turned into a
car of victory this lall. I want to say to
every Republican, let us stand by the
principles of our party as enunciated in
this platform, and stand by the nominee
which we put up lor the Republican voters
of this Territory. I want to see the fact
which are patent to all presented on every
stump in this Territory to the Democrat'
and Republicans alike, and I, for one, vent
ure the prediction that many are the Dem
ocrats who, in the face of these facts and oi
the reasons which can be presented to them,
will falter in their hitherto .strong support
of Democracy. I want to see this battle
waged openly, vigorously, and I want it
sent over the electric wires on the morning
of the 3d of November, "Sanders is elected.
In so far as lies in mv power to aul in
this result I shall be at the service of the
Republican party. I rejoice in the harmo
ny which prevails here to-night. I rejoice
that, although this is saitl to be the most
considerable contest ever known in a Re
publican convention in this Territory, I do
not believe that at this moment there is a
wounded feeling in the heart of any repre
sentative here. I do not believe there ex
ists here to-night a reason why any dele
gate to this convention cannot cordially
and heartily support our nominee. [Ap
And now, gentlemen, I wish to say that,
being somewhat of a representative of the
Republicanism of the eastern portion ot
this Territory, we shall put forth every
effort in our power to secure the victory
which we all desire. [Applause],
The voters of Montana, be they Demo
crats or Republicans, are ready and eager
at all times to hear what Colonel Sander
has to say. Particularly is it the case now.
when as the standard bearer of the Repub
can party he appears as the champion ot
every vital interest of Montana. We grat
ify a great number of people in* the publi
cation to-day of the Colonels stirring
speeches just delivered before the Republi
can convention at Butte and betöre his
neighbors at home. These splendid ad
dresses, through the Daily and M eekly
Herald, will reach a constituency of many
thousands, and will well answer every ex
pectation pending the time the Republican
standard bearer can personally appear be
fore the voters of every county in fulfill
ment of his appointments.
Olk Democratic contemporary ought uot
to whimper if, being the aggressor, it is
turned upon and licked. It was over-iresn
in showering blows upon Col. Sanders be
fore the Republicans had yet named him as
their nominee. When, too. the organ
thought Mr. Power's star iu tbe ascendant,
it impudently attacked him. and the cam
paign he was to make was to be one oi
"boodle." Now whether the Independent
writers are hired sluggers or sluggers ou
their own account does not so mnen maifi ;
as that, having hunted for and found a
fight, they peaceably abide the wage o.
battle when they are fairly knocked ont.
We counsel our contemporary to abide with
us in quietness for a while till it bette,
knows the metal of our men.
get a voting domicile first.
l or instance,
The Republican platform is long, but t
is wholesome, and no voter will tai. t
and remember it.
We shall have a joint debate, of cor.;-e.

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