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Nebraskan 'sComingSig
nal for Battle to
Xike That in Chicago, This Is to,
( Be Contest Between Progres- '
, Biveism and Conservatism,
With Result in Doubt.
Bryan Wants Unit Rule
(Special to The Tlmes-Dlapatch.)
Baltimore. Md., June 23.?The only
eure thing a) out thla convention la
that there la to be a tight. In its
broadest terms, that fight will ho aj
fight of the same :
sort Chicago saw.
a tljr?tl between
radicalism. o r
progrcsslvelsm. on
the one hand, and
conservatism on
the other.
The national
commit tee end of
it Is likely tri re?
sult a? the Chi?
cago "machine"
end resulted, in a
victory for the
organization, for :
It la claimed 1
Sninur) G. llljtbc. there are from
thirty.three to thirty-live members of
the nat'onal committee who will up?
hold the choice of Judge Parker, for j
tempor?r/ chairman of the conven?
tion. But. the problem that is worry
in; the organization in? n Is whether
they can control the convention and
have enough delegates to ratify the
choice of Parker against the assault
of Mr. Bryan, and whatever allies he
may Und among the candidates.
Judge Parker, as mild-mannered
n man as ever was defeated for Pr<
Idcnt. Is not the real issue. The]
Judge occupies the Interesting but
uncomfortable position of being the {
. 11 the opposing forces bftek to take
? -tot because the-.' want the bill, but
for the moral effect of the victory.
Away down deep Bryan probably has
no personal objection to Judge Parker
for temporary chairman of the con
v ttion. Why should he have? Bar?
ring the fact that Parker has. deprived
Bryan. Since 1501. of his distinction
of being the only living defeated
candidate for President on the D*mo
cratlc ticket. Bryan can have no poli?
tical grudge against Parker. fori
Pirker supported Bryan every time he
ran, and went out of his way to do it
?when a i,ood many Democrats went!
cut of their ways to oppose. Bryan.
Only a )' Ik u rrb end.
Isn't Parker. He is merely the
Figurehead in the fight. What Bryan
I*'.ends to fight In his struggle
acalnst Parker. Is the unit rule,
lirjan wants the unit rule abolished
He knows in advance how Parker, as
temporary chairman, will hold on the
historic unit rule doctrine of the
Democratic party. Bryan knows
Parker will sustain the unit rule. j
'j hus. to get a man in the chair who I
W'll help him In his fight against the
unit rule, he must first cop Parker
out of the chair, and that Is the secret
of his protest, and will be the ani?
mating motive of the fight he intends
to make against Parker, provided, of
course, he -or.tinues In his present
frame of mind.
The Bryan people have been seeking!
support for this proposition. The
and especially Bryan, who Is bound by]
it as a delegate, or Will be so bound,
want no unit roll. They went to the
Clark people, for example, and asked
them to vote for the abolition of the
rule. The Clark people said they would
be glad to do so if. In turn. th'. Bryan
people would vote for the abolition of
tho two-thirds rule, also historic Dem?
ocratic ioctrine which makes a ttv,o
thlrda vote In the convention necessary:
for a nomination. The Bryan petfple
backed politely away at this propoal- j
tlon. They do not want the two-thlrdej
rule, abolished, for if the number re-;
rpilrei for the selection of the candi?
date Is reduced to a majority. Clark is:
likely to win on the first ballot, judg?
ing from claims of his managers. Mr.
Bryan is not anxious to have any Dem?
ocrat win on the first ballot, lie pre-I
fera soveral ballots, for reasons thptl
may bo apparent later in the week.
Still a Situation.
Thus, with the arrival of Bryan Sun-!
day afternoon, the situation still re?
mained a situation, and will not be
much else until the meeting of the na?
tional committee on Monday. Then
It Is likely to become a crisis, if so
be thero can bo a crisis thus early In
tho game.
It being Sunday, and Baltimoro
reasonably decorous town, the chief of
police, woulin't let the bauds play
* "Maryland. My Maryland." which
proves how much of a Puritan he is.
A large number of people, passed
few hours rather rnolstly. but still
pleasantly, awaiting tho arrival of
Bryan at the Pennsylvania Station.
Bryan came eventually, apparently feel?
ing tho heat and in a somewhat wilted
condition, but with the gleam of battle
In that eagle eye. No heat can dim
that 'gleain. He was Instantly plunged
Into conferences. These conferenoes
all related to tho forthcoming diffi?
culty between himself and sonie of the
patriots of the old regime who insist
on Parker for temporary chairman and
consider tho unit rule the basts of aU
true .Infferaonlan Democracy. j
Meantime, why not tell the story of
the genesis of this thing? It -began
? 'way back yonder, after the national
committee met In January In Wash?
ington. The committee at that jcs
Candidates for Presidential Nomination at Democratic Convention in Baltimore
JOHN BURKE, of North Dakota.
ECGEXE \. FOSS. of Massnchaaettii.
f?-f -? ? <r
tV. J. G AYA Oil, of .New York.
OSCAJt \V. IXDKRWOUD, of Alabama.
THOMAS n. MAnSHAI.I.. ?f Iaulouu.
SIMEON E. BALDWIN, of Conucctlcut.
City Is in Carnival Spirit for
Gathering of Democratic
? Clans.
Crowds, 1 ill Hotel Lobbies and
Streets Are Packed
With People.
Baltimore, Md.. June 23?Baltimore
was In carnival spirit 10.night. Thous?
ands of people thronged the streets.
buildings were arrayed In a riot of|
ilags ami bunting, myriads of lightsi
converted the down i??n section into,'
a great white way and many souvenir
venders mingled with the passing
crowd. Potential presiri-ntial makers,
politicians from near ami afur. Joined
in what looked like mocs In the vari
cus hotel lobbies and like a parade of
all Baltimore in the streets of the
congested business district.
Baltimore gave tne strangers splen?
did welcome. The city was illuminat?
ed as never before. L'p in the tower|
of the tallest building a great lightj
shone all night, a landmark lor those!
unfamiliar with the Monumental City.
A quartet of searchlights played over
the city, while scores of structures
contributed lavishly to the brilliant
The Jackson Democratic emblem
In Mount r.-oy.-'l Square was brightly
Illuminated. Red, white and blue
lights reached into the clouds.
Above the Masonic Temple a large
Masonic emblem was built of electric
lights. More than 1.000 electric lighta
and loops of lights will send forth a
Masonic greeting each night during
convention week. Stars and Stripes
v>rn almost everywhere, Interspersed
with the i range and black The lat?
ter festoons were the Princeton col?
ors from the home State of one of the
presidential candidates?Governor Wil?
son?but that Is not tnt reason they
greeted the eye on every street.
Orange and black are the State col?
ors of Maryland.
Four Warships In Harbor.
In coats of steel gray, four of the
largest vessels of the. American navy
swung at anchor In the harbor. They
were the tirst-class battleships Louis?
iana. Kansas, New Hampshire and
South Carolina, comprising the second
division of the Atlantic fleet. Bear-Ad?
miral Wlnslow in command. It was
the first excursion of these Dread
naughts Into the. Patapsco waters, and
it marked the first opportunity vouch?
safed Baltlmoreans to see vessels
Of the largest type, afloat. The offlrcrs
ptoudly showed hundreds of visitors
aboard the ships. The naval officers
will be guests of Mayor Preston at a
theatre party to-morrow.'
Politicians In Baltimore are as thick
as Pennsylvania troops in an inaugural
parade In Washington. There, were
vice-presld6ntlal candidates pant and
present among them. They Include
Governors, Mayors, judges, membors
of the natlonai committee, Tammany
chieftains and men of high and low
degree In every shade of Democracy.
The Mogans and lithographed portraits
of their candidates were mot at every
turn, Indooas and out. Each of the
rival presidential supporters was kept
-_ j
Both Clark and Wilson Man?
agers Are Cautioning
Their Delegates.
Baltimore, Md., June ?There were
busy scenes to-day at the headquarters
ot all the presidential candidates?
many conferences wer* held by the
leaders and their lieutenants and
streams of delegates were given aj
welcoming hand. Wilson leaders dis-.
cussed a comparatively long list of I
men who would be acceptable to them,
as temporary chairman .n place of Al
! ton B. Parker. Reports were currenti
that both Wilson and Clark leaders!
were cautlDning their delegates ugainat
be'ng stampeded at any stage of the
convention to vote for Bryan.
Missouri's former Governors held a
meeting all their own at Clark head?
quarters. The rive living Missouri ex
Governors jotned in expressing their
I support of Missouri's favorite son.
j They were Joseph W. Folk. Lon V.
j Stephens. A. M. Dockerv. Senator Wil?
liam J. Stone and Davia R. Francis.
Governor McCreary. of Kentucky,
authirized an Interview at the Clark
headquarters in which he announced
he was suppoiting Clark. Governor
John W. C. Beckham, also of Ken?
tucky, said the entire delegation would
veto for Clark. At Ine- Underwood
headquarters, the. Mississippi deleg.i-|
tlon declared upon arrival that they
would be for L'nderwooel throughout.
Conspicuous in Gils delegation were
Senator-elect James K. Vardaman. Gov.
Brewer. Colonel G. A. tiobbs and
Judge K-obert Powell, th- new national
commltteeinan from Mississippi.
Mr. Vardaman announced that he
was against a tlg"ut over Parker for
temporary chairman.
At the Marshall headquarters Judge
Andrew J. Adams, of the Indiana Ap?
pellate Court, was in charge. A rep?
resentative was sent to boom Indiana's
choice with every delegation.
Turn fiunn on (turner.
The Harmon managers turned their
I guns on Harvey Garber. national com
rhitteeman from Ohio, and a Wilson
admirer. "GaVber did not tell the
truth when he issued a statement to
the effect that a majority of the Ohio
delegation would leave Governor Har?
mon at the first opportunity," declar?
ed John W. Devanney. executive secre?
tary to the Governor. "The unit rule,
which was adopted by a two to one
vote in the Democratic State Conven?
tion of Ohio, is binding on all the dele?
gates. Garber evidently Is attempting
tr give the impression that ho Is a
leader In Ohio."
Former United States Senator James
Smith, Jr., of Newark, N. J., Issued a
statement to-day-, suggesting tho nom?
ination of a "now man.' lie is oppos?
ed to Wilson and announced that nntl
Wllson delegations will arrive To-mor?
row. Aa a rcflectlin on the hatband,
"Win With Wilson." worn by Wilson
men, these antl-Wllson men will -wear
But Bryan J-'latly Asserts That
Parker ?.lust Xot Be.
He Regards W ilson and Clark
as the Two Leading
Baltimore. ML. June 23.?William J-?
Bryan, in an interview given nearly,
100 newspaper men to-night, shortly
after his arrival from Chicago. mu?lo itl
clear that he regarded the fight for the
temporary chairmanship of the Demo?
cratic National Convention one where'
progressiveisn: and conservatism were
the Issues.
Mr. Bryan would not throw any light
on what plans he had made to oppose
the selection for temporary chairman
[ ot Judge Pe.rk?r, whom he charges
with being a reactionary. He rlaiJv
asserted that to begin a progressive
convention with a reactionary speech
I would be an offense to the Democratic !
I Party. j
I Mr. Brvsn was asked If he had any
j particular candidate for temporary
chairman of the convention in place of
Mr. Parker.
"I do not care to discuss the matter." ;
he said, "except to say that any pro?
gressive will be satisfactory to me. In ,
the first place, I urged the committee j
to consult with the two lea ling can- !
didates and allow them to determine':
upon a satisfactory temporary chair-!
! "Do you regard Wilson and Clark all
the two leading randldtjtes?"
"Do you know of anybody eise?'' he
answered. "Yes. I meant Wilson and
Clark, and if they had agreed upon a
! temporary chairman there would have
been no objection whatsoever.
Original Hormnuy Mun.
"I want to emphasize one fact rlglit
here," Mr. Bryan continued, "and that
Is that I am the original harmony man
In thia whole crowd. I di.1 not ask
anything for myself: I did not ask any?
thing for any particular candidate. I ;
'. do not know of any better way of bo- i
ginning the convention harmoniously
than to have the two leading candi- i
dates agree upon a temporary chair- !
mun. If there is any lack of harmony.
1 do not see why there should be any
excitement about the matter. Ulgrt
members of the committee have seen
fit to ignore the opinions of the other
eight and to make the recommenda?
tion. It takes the full committee to
decido whether to approve or disap?
prove the recommendation of the
subcommittee, and it Is for the con?
vention to tecldc whether It will accept
or reject the recommendation It la
not an unprecedented thing for a com?
mittee's recommendation to he rejected.
It was rejected in the Chicago conven?
tion In 1S98."
"Would not such an action here pre?
cipitate a fight which would be detri?
mental to the party?"
"It precipitated a light then.'' he an- j
swored, "and let me ndd that our party ,
Is better for the fight. It saved the
party from disgrace. When I say 'dis?
grace,' I mean that to begin a- progres
-r\ _
Songs and Prayer Feature Dedi?
cation of Roosevelt's
New Party.
Chicago. Ill, June 23.?The "progres?
sive" party, born last night, was ded
ated to-day. In the presence of per?
haps BOO men, some of them recogn'ze 1
leaaera of the movement, others merely
onl ikers, the first formal step was
taken. Governor Johnson, of Callfor- J
ula. was empowered to appoint a com?
mittee of seven members to confer with
Colonel Roosevelt and formulate a plan'
of action.
"The movement is going steadily
ahead," said Jame? R. Garneld. or Ohio.
"Those who think this is a flasn in the
pan are mistaken."
In the opinion of the leaders, the
new party enters the Meld with a for?
midable equipment. These leaders,
however, said that as to the men wno
toi.k a conspicuous part in the cam?
paign for Colonel Roosevelt's nomina?
tion, each must speak for himself.
The attitude of Covernor iladley, of
Missouri, was the chief point of discus?
sion along this line. The Governor left
town without waiting to declare him?
No definite idea of the plan to b?
f olio we 1 could he obtained, and it was
said that a period of several weeks
may elapse before the program is de?
cided upon. Governor Johnson in the |
meantime will act as field marshal, and.
In co-operation with Colonel Roose?
velt, will decide upon the membership
of the committee of seven and guide
the preliminary work of organization
Colonel Roosevelt will leave for Oyster
Ray to-morrow, and Governor Johnson
for California, but they will keep in
To-day's meeting was held In the
headquarters of the national Roosevelt
committee. It was impossible to ascer?
tain how largo a proportion of the full
Roosevelt strength at the convention
was represented, although it was said
that nearly every f>tato which sent
Roosovelt delegates to Chicago haj its
share of men there.
"Battle Flag" Adopted.
The bandana handkerchief was adopt?
ed ns the "Roosevelt battle flag." Most
of the delegates wore flaming bandanas
lied around thfiir arms, and others were
distributed by the hundreds to the
crowd. The bandana, it was explainei,
stands for the plain people, who ordi?
narily use them
"We're all plain people here and
this a movement of the plain people,"
said one of the delegates.
Colonel Roosevelt gave his sanction
to the "battle, flag" by appearing last
night with one in his hnnd, -which he
waved tp the crowd on the street.
His daughter, Mrs. Longworth, wore
a hnndnnn on her hat.
Scattered through the hall were a
large number of Roosevelt delegates
to the Republican convention. Judge
Hen R. Mndsey. of Denver, a Demo?
crat, arose.
"Kurely there can be no more sol
el ^Continued, orv ^ocond, Paso./ *
They Will Vote tor Him as Long
as He lias Chance of
Men From Old Dominion Will
Be Classed Among the
I BY \ i. i. \ \ \ 11 r. i; FORWARD.
Baltimore, Md.. Juno 23.?Oscar W.
Underwood lor President and the
rigid application of tho unit rule after
the first ballot Is the present pro
Igram of the party leaders in tho Vlr
I glnia delegation. Unless Richard
I Evelyn Byrd. as the crowning act of
I his political career prior to his ro
I tlrement, can scotch the road roller,
the Alabama Congressman will get
votes of the Old Dominion as long as
there is a reasonable change of his
Neither Wilson nor Bryan will com?
mand Virginia support if Senator
Martin and Senator Swanson have
anything to say about It! and as a
rule they have a good deal to say
I about such matters Nor will a pro
jgresshe platform such as will bo de?
manded by the ever-present, ever-per
Islstent and ever-excited West get
I much sympathy from the State of
j Thomas Jefferson. Nor will the dele?
gation stand for the Bryan opposition
to Parker.
classed as Conservative.
Stating the case in dliYerent lan?
guage, hut with the sain- effect. Vir?
ginia will he classed as conservative
by the convention and as reactionary
by the '""ommoner. whose distinguished
editor received such an enthusiastic
(reception this afternoon from the
'throng of patient a/imirors, who had
awaited his coming all day in front of
the Belvedere Hotel.
"The great majority of the Virginia
delegation," said Senator Thomas S.
Martin this afternoon, "will. I am sure,
vote for l'nderwood. I believe that
after the first ballot the unit rule will
be voted by the necessary two-thirds
majority. It ought to be There Is
every reason why Underwood should
he the nominee; none why he should
not be. He is a man of pronounced
j ability, of clean life, of unblemished
! record. Ho has been highly suceess
I *Vf as the party leader in the House,
j Doubt as to his availability because
I he is a Southern man Is heard billy
-?from our own people. I have yet to
I hear of such objection from the North.
'7 hope all the Virginia delegate?
will vote for Judge Parker for tem?
porary chairman. He has been always '
a loyal party worker, and It would be
an outrage to defeat him merely on 1
the Ipse dlxlt of Mr. Bryan, who choyses 1
to call him a reactionary.
"Of course, I do not mean that Vir?
ginia should keep on voting for Under?
wood If It turns out there is no chanco
for him. She would then go to some
one. else, perhaps Clark, perhaps Har?
mon?to any one rather than to Wood
row "Wilson, who has done nothing to
deserve party honors unless to help
i wreck it In his own State."
or Great siKiiiflrnnce.
It should bo remembered always that
I St?h positive utterances from Senator
' ^ .((ChJatUtU?d ?ur"?e?ona Page.}.
Bryan BelievesH imBack
of Selection of
Movement on Foot to Maka
Bryan Permanent Chairman,
?but He Is Said Not to De?
sire That Honor?National
| Committee Meets
Bryan Balks at
Compromise Effort
Baltimore, Md., .tune 2'(-Senntor
Elei't Vurdniiinn, o| XI iNNlMnlppl,
after a conference with Clark Hotr?
eil? of <?cumin, anil others, to-night
unsuccessfully sought to have Wil?
liam J. Ilrynn nnneut to the nnmlnR
of Ilrynn an prriunnrnt chnirman
of the ncmurrntlc con vcatlou.
Ynrdnmnn hn?i mil bortt nt I vely
learned, from Leader Murphy nnil
Chalrmnu Xlnck. of the nntlonnl
committee, ?hat .ludKe Porker's
friend-. 'Mould vute for Ilryaii for
permanent cbnlrmnn.
The effort WBU iiinde nit no at?
tempted solution of tlir tempor-iry
chairmanship problem. X'nrdniiiuii
went to Ilrynn mid tried to oJVect
n compromise liy Inforinlns; the
Nehrnskn lender that all of Judge
Parker'? friends hod ncrced to name
Ilrynn tin permnnent ehnlrninn.
Varilnmnn Inter told hin friends
that when no mnt'e the NUKff>*Ktllt'u
to Ilrynn, the latter'* ninnuer lir
oame *n frliild that Vnrdamnu
picked up hlM hat nud stnrtrd tn
leave the room. Thru he turned to
<?! thnuehl." he ' snld. "our per?
nnnnl nud polltlenl rnlntlnn* were
Intlmnte ennuich In permit me to
talk ntiout the matter to you.*'
Pii (tine: hi, hands on Va riltr.ii.iii'n
shoulders, Ilrynn told the former
Oovernnr that he did not menu to
ofTend blm. Then the two talked
over the nintter. but without result.
Vtirdnnnin had first mentioned
the susrccstlon to Hnwell. IIowcll
assented, ndiHner that Parker'?
friends would nerce *o It, and Vnr
dnmun felt quite sure n? the time
that be had the situation well In
Baltimore. Md.. June 23.?ihe Demo?
cratic National Committee will meet
to-morrow at noon to pass upon the
selection of Judge Alton B. Parker
for temporary chairman of the Demo?
cratic National Convention. What can?
didate the Bryan-Wilson forces would
name to oppose Judge Parker was in
doubt to-night, but with tho arrival
of William J. Bryan from Chicago it
was expected that some cholco would
he made, at a late hour or Vy morning
at least.
The names of Senator Kern, of In?
diana, and Representative Ucnry, of
Texas, were most talked about to?
night as the likely opponents of the
New York Jurist in tills second stagn
of the contest between the progres?
sives and the so-called "conservatives."
The friends of Mr Bryan claimed that
the national committee would be found
to be about evenly divided, while Na?
tional Chairman Mack again asserted
that Judge Purker would have a secure
maj jrlty.
Not I.ookJnpr for That Honor.
Suggestions were made in authori?
tative, quarters to-night that a move?
ment would be stnrled to name Mr.
Bryan as permanent chairman, but Mr.
Bryan's close friends said he was not
look'ng for the honor. That Mr. Bryan
will be a member of the c-oinmlttee on
resolutions, and that he will play no
small part in drafting the party plat?
form was seemingly conceded on all
National commltteemen aligned with
Jtielge parker In the tight to place
him before the Democratic National
Convention as temporary chairman
conferred throughout the day. The_v
said nothing had developed to change
their plan to hax-e ludge Parker's name
presented to the convent'on after the
national committee to-morrow had
ratified the selection of the arrange?
ment committee Charles P. Murphy,
leader of Tammany Hall, talked over
the situation with several national
commltteemen. who told him th?ro was
little ,,0'iht that the national commit?
tee would give a safe majority for
Judge Pnrker
Mr. Bryan's political associates said
openly to-night that weeks ago Mr.
Rryan had made it known that ha
thought a progressive should he named
for temporary cnalrmnn. and at that
time made it piain that lie did not
desire the honor. They charged thut
Mr. Murphy has Insisted upon the nam?
ing of Judge Tarker. and had told
Judge Parker's friends on the ar?
rangement coinmitteee that there could
*e no compromise.
National Commltteem.m l?-winp/, o?
Louisiana, said the. present situation
was due to Mr. Murphy's Insistence on
Judge Parker's selection, and that tho
Issue now- before the convention was
whether the progrsslve or conserva?
tive forces should control.
1'ntted After If. Over
"No matter what the result Is on
th.i floor of the convention," said Na?
tional Committcemar. Daniels, of North:
Carolina, "'the Democrats' assembling
here will be united after it Is all ovcr^
Governor Wilson said just what t
knew he would say, for he Is the typ?
<.f man who never trims Ho respect,*
ludge Parker, a* all*-of us do, hu?
when the Issue lit the. convention !s>
whether tho progressives or the conn/
; ^Continued-fin Second, "Pp*eA~*!A

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