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TERRITORIAL CONVENTION. OVER FOUR HUNDRED DELE GATES ON THE GROUND. SOUTH DAKOTA EXTREMISTS WANT FOURTEEN DELE GATES CHOSEN. "The Convention to Select Delegates to Chicago Develops Unlooked for Interest and Brings Together one of the Largest Representative Bod ies of Delegates ever Assembled in -the Territory—The Probabilities. Delegates poured into the city on last night's trains. About one hundred and fifty South Dakota delegates came up on the Valley train and every seat in the •coaches was occupied. It is now esti mated that three-quarters of the 528 del egates of whom the convention will be -composed, are represented in person. The convention has developed an un looked for interest and is one of the most representative gathfeJings ever held in the territory. Contrary to expectation and the predictions of the St. Paul pa pers, the South Dakota delegations are -showing up full and strong. Interest in the statehood movement and a reported •desire to obtain the convention's sanc tion of the same, in addition to the in terest centering in the personality of the delegates to Chicago and the number to be selected, lend a territorial importance to the convention which shows itself in •the unusually large number of people present. Caucussing without limit was indulged in last night, and the North Dakota del egates have been this morning in con sultation. Central Dakota delegates held their caucus and decided upon -what grounds they would stand last night. The points sought to be settled by these caucusses are the attitude of the convention on the di vision and admission questions and the number of delegates to be chosen. The nation"! committee recommended the se lection of two regular delegates and lour contingents, the question of whose admission to seats in the national con vention should be decided by that con vention itself. The movement to choose ton—the number we would be entitled to •on the basis of population, if the territory were one state, was then agitated, and flm»iwn to be the course which will be fol lowed. Some Dakota extremists, like •Gov. Mellette, Judge Edgerton, President JCattbews and others who arrived last night, present still another plan, which •they strongly advocate. It contemplates the selection of fourteen delegates—eight for South Dakota and six for the north— •on the basis of two states. Eight dele gates is the number South Dakota's pop ulation would entitle her to were she a state, and the selection of that number which would amount substantially to an -approval and ratification of their state hood movement is strongly objected to •on several grounds. At this writing the •course of the convention cannot be pre dicted with certainty, and it is possible that the two points may be fought out in •convention. In regard to who will go to Chicago, it is generally conceded that Colonel Plum mer will be selected as delegate at large. If the ten delegate plan prevails, then three will be selected from each—north, south and central Dakota. Judge Moody of Deadwood Jnd LaMoure, Pembina Richardson, Grand Forks Stone, Fargo Bailey, Sioux Falls Matthews, Brook ings, and Hansborough, of Devils Lake are all strong candidates. The •candidacy of Judge Nickeus seems to be prejudiced on account of the location of •the convention at Jamestown. Editor Hansborough claims that he will enter the convention with a larger following than any other North Dakota man. The South Dakota delegates are friendly towards him on account of his division record, and it is said that he will receive "two hundred votes from that section. The slate said to be decided upon after •caucusing until an early hour this morn ing, is as follows: South Dakota dele gates—Moody, of Lawrence, Sullivan, Aurora, Bogart, Bon Homme, and Baily -of Minnehaha Central Dakota—Hopp, of Brown, Fisher, of Spink, and Plum mer of Brown North Dakota—Hans borough, Ramsey, Richardson, Grand Forks. The failure to agree upon the third man for North Dakota has evident ly left, at this writing, the only break in the slate. Cass county men are on the war path for N. K. Hubbard, who is (making a rattling fight with his delega tion undivided. A caucus of North Da kota people was held this morning, in •which the Hubbard men attempted to fix it for their candidate, but the old en emy was on hand and it is reported the •caucus was adjourned without accom plishing much either way. If the slate holds as now made, Mr. 'Hubbard, of Cass, will be elected dele ,gate in spite ot active opposition a^ home. THE PROCEEDINGS. What the Convention did in Session. —An Enthnsiastic Gathering. The republican territorial convention to select delegates to the Chicago con vention, which will nominate candidates for president and vice president of the United States, was held this afternoon in the Opera rink. Five hundred chairs irate reserved for the accommodation of the delegates, while tables for the repre sentatives of the press and seats for the clergy, prominent republicans, etc., were placed on the stage. The delegations from each county were seated together. The delegates commenced arriving shortly before two o'clock and the seats reserved for them were soon filled. The gallery, as well as other portions of the house not reserved, was quickly filled with citizens who were anxious to wit ness the deliberations of the first repub lican territorial convention held in the city. Seated upon the platform were Gen. Hughes and Secretary McCor mack, of Bismarck, Judge Guptill, of Fargo, S. K. McGinnis and Roderick Rose, Jamestown, E. G. Mudge, of Eddy county, Hon. L. R. Casey and Revs. Fanning and Koch, of Jamestown. The convention was called to order by Gen. Harrison Allen, of Fargo, chairman of the territorial central committee, at 2:15 p. m. In calling the convention to order Gen. Allen said: "It is my duty as chairman to call this convention to order, and in so doing I embrace the opportunity to congratulate you upoli the intelligent representation present. I congratulate the gentlemen upon being members of the largest and grandest convention ever held in the ter ritory—a convention outnumbering by far, in representation, any territorial con vention ever held in the United States." He trusted the convention would, by its action place before the world in the strongest possible light the injustice un der which Dakota is now standing, as being kept out of her proper place in the union. Nominations for temporary, chairman being in order Mr. McCumber of Rich land, placed in nomination Col. M. M. Price of Sanborn county, seconded by Gov. Mellette,and the chairmen of a large number of othdr counties. Mr. Howard of Spink county, present ed the name of Hon. John E. Bennett of Clark, which was seconded by a large number of North Dakota counties, and by the "cow counties," the "hog and hominy counties," the Missouri slope counties and other widely separated lo calities. Col. Price stated here, that he did not think of seeking the honor, but would not go back on his friends who proposed him. A rising vote on the chairmanship re suited in a demand for the roll call, which finished, showed Judge Bennett received 320 votes, Col. Price 93. Col. Price and Gov. Mellette escorted Judge Bennett to the chair', who thanked the convention for the honor. He deliv ered a stirring address of considerable length, spoke of the wrong done Dakota, and harrowed up the enthusiasm of the convention by naming a list of presiden tial candidates ending with James G. Blaine. The unmistakable applause at this mention showed that Mr. Blaine stands .with most Dakotans, still their leading favorite. R. W. Wheelock of Mitchell, W. H. Winchester of Burleigh and Fred Falley of Richlahd counties were elected tempo rary secretaries. Moved and carried that the chair ap point a committee of fifteen on credenti als. Moved and carried that the chair also appoint a special committee of seven to set forth an appeal to the people of the United States, stating our grievences. Convention took a recess until commit tees could be appointed. The chair appointed the following committee on credentials L. C. Taylor, Hanson. Frank Alexander, Campbell. Phil. Skillman. Brown. C. E. Hayward, Clark. A. S. Stow, Edmunds. A. S. Flemington, Dickey. S. B. Crist, Lawrence. J. W. Walker, Kidder. D. S. Dodds, Nelson. J. E. Hippie, Hutchinson. E. L. Bates, Charles Mix. C. J. Fry, Clay. E. J. McMahon, Steele. H. W. Coe, Morton. P. F. McHugh, Cavalier. RESOLUTIONS. D. Corson, Lawrence. A. C. Mellette. Coddington. S. P. Jones, Turner. Waldo M. Potter, Cass. Geo. W. Stirling, Beadle. L. J. Bates, Kingsbury. E. F. Neal, Burleigh. John Norton, Day. Fred Adams, Griggs. Judge Poindexter, Spink. J. W. Fowler, Pennington. APPEAL. J. L. Robinson, Coddington. N. W. Price, Sanborn. N. M. Johnson, Nelson. F. J. Corey, Spink. G. C. Moody, Lawrence. C. A. VanWormer, Barnes. R. W. Wheelock, Davidson. PERMANENT ORGANIZATION. E. W. Caldwell, Minnehaha. T. McConnell, Miner. H. C. Rorapaugh, Lawrence. Fred Snore, Benson. Mr. Cushing, Spink. Fred Schnarber, Yankton. E. G. Fahnestock, Coddington. F. Potter, LaMoure. S. H. Elrod, Clark. C. S. Edwards. Traill. At 4 o'clock the credential committee requested an hour and a half to report. The interim was filled with speeches by prominent men, Col. Plummer making another telling effort. The business of selecting delegates and reporting the resolutions will com mence at 7 p. m. THE EVENING SESSION. The evening session of the territorial convention convened and was called to order at 7:15. Chairman Taylor of the oommittee on credentials, made his report which showed 86 of the 88 organ ized counties of the territory represented, either in person or by proxy. Pierce county, which Gov. Church re fused to organize,was accorded one dele gate. After the correction of several clerical errors, the report of the commit tee was adopted as corrected, on motion of Major Hamilton of Grand Forks. Chairman Caldwell of the committee on permanent organization, reported, recommending Jaohn H. King of Rapid City, for permanent chairman and that the temporary secretaries be made per manent. Committees report was adopted, Mr. King elected chairman and the tempor ary secretaries retained. Messrs. Root of Barnes, and Jud La Moure of Pembina, were appointed a committee to escort permanent chairman to chair. On leaving the chair Judge Bennett gracefully returned thanks for the kind ness and courtesy shown him, and intro duced Mr.King as the gentleman who was largely instrumental in securing the pas sage of the Sioux reservation bill. hair man King before assuming the chair, made a few vigorous remarks strongly advocating division and admission, roast ing Springer for insincerity in his profes sions of fairness and friendshipjto Dakota. He said: I do not wish to detract anything from the laurels of the proud galaxy of states men named by the temporary chairman, but would add one more name to the list named by him—I would add the name of Walter Q. Gresham." The chairman's reference to Allison as his personal preference drew out but little applause, but the demonstration that followed the Gresham incident, was more enthusiastic than that which greet, ed the mention of the Maine man's name. E. W. Caldwell of Sioux Falls, who ap peared as.the leader of the powerful com bination which soon showed its hand, in accordance with the program decided upon at the caucuses, moved that a com mittee of ten be appointed by the chair to suggest to the convention" the names of ten delegates tofrepresent Dakota in the national convention, and also the names of ten alternates. Upon this proposition there occurred a sharp and somewhat heated discussion, in which the counties not in the combin ation made a vigorous kick. The ball was started rolling by a delegate in the rear of the hall, who was followed by Gov. Mellette of Coddington county, who said: I rise to object to this proceeding as unrepublican. We object to having the delegates named by a committee and de mand that the convention be. allowed to choose whom it prefers. We will yield to the combination but want to see the slate carried through in a proper man ner. We submit to the combination but hope that it has sufficient confidence in its strength to carry its slate according to regular program. The method con templated by this motion is unrepubli can. Even democrats would not stand it. Mr. Calwell replied to the governor as follows: I have listened to the gentleman's beautiful theories regarding politics and will say in reply that the ten whom the committee will present have been thoroughly canvassed and their charac ters inquired into, which is the only rea son for presentation of names singly. No ten men are better known than the ten who will be presented by this com mittee. The combination has 100 votes to throw away and can still carry the motion, which was only made to save time. Gov. Mellette moved "that Mr. Cald well be appointed a committee of one to read from the list in his pocket the names of the ten delegates. He did this, he said, fcr the purpose of expediting business. After considerable parlia mentary skirmishing, and the introduc tion and withdrawal of several motions Caldwell's motion, providing for the ap pointment of the committee, was carried by a vote of 391 to 126. The chair then appointed the commit tee, as follows: E. W.Caldwell of Minnehaha. T. J. Washabaugh of Lawrence. J. N. McCracken ©f Spink. G. A. Matthews of Brookings. G. T. McCoe of Brown. C. A. Pollock of Cass. T. F. Campbell of Burleigh. Sol Wenzlaff of Yankton. G. N. Walsh of Grand Forks. C. J. Fry of Clay. Judge Corson, of the committee on resolutions, reported as fellows: THE RESOLUTIONS. WHEREAS, The republican party of Dakota, in convention assembled, takes this opportunity of renewing its allegi ance to the principles of the national re publican party: Resolved, we are proud of its history and its achievements, and believe the day not far distant when it will be returned to power. WHEREAS, We hail the advent of an other presidential campaign, confidently believing that the discussions to be had this year will inform the people of the treatment this territory has received at the hands of the democracy, and hasten the recognition of our political rights be it Resolved, That the most vital ques tions to the people of Dakota, at this time, are those of boundaries and state hood. And we arraign the democratic party for the political crime of denying to 600,000 Amencans. rich in all the ele ments of enlightened civilization, the most cherished rights of citizenship and for the equally grave offense of attempt ing to dictate the formation embracing 15?),000 square miles of territory against often repeated and earnest requests for division of the same, ratified by a major ity vote of the people. That having ex perienced the evils of au over-sized terri tory, in the increased cost of administra tion and the tendency to ring rule by reason of the inability of the people to participate in representative assemblies, we denounce and will continue to resist all attempts to make these evils the per petual heritage of posterity. That as our only adequate protection, we demand the division of Dakota, east and west, on the line of the seventh standard parallel, and the immediate admission of the two parts into the union as the states of South Dakota and North Dakota, as a right, by virtue of the wealth, population and resources of each. That we heartily endorse the action of the republican sen ators in congress, in the passage of the bill for division and statehood, and we assure our friends in the house of repre sentatives that their efforts in our be half are warmly appreciated. Be it Resolved, That while tariff revision is from year to year necessary, there is no relief afforded in the democratic meas ures now before congress, which, under the pretense of reform, are intrinsically political and sectional in their nature. We believe that a reasonable protect ive tariff is for the best interests of the country and of the people,and such tariff Bhould protect American labor and Amer ican industries, yet in their infancy That protection to the agricultural in terests and labor deserves consideration in an equal degree with protection to manufacturing interests. That as far as consistent with protection to American labor and American industries, tariff should be confined to the luxuries of life as against the necessaries that a revis ion of the tariff should be in the hands of its friends, and not in the hands of its enemies. Resolved, That grateful to the patri otism of the nation which enabled the re publican party to achieve their great ob jects, we acknowledge that there yet re mains much noble work of citizenship to be accomplished. There are relics of bar barism only partially eradicated still contesting their right of supremacy, and among them are polgamy, and intemper ance. Resolved, That we denounce the doc trine of civil service reform as practiced by the present administration in thifc ter ritory as a fraud, a delusion and a snare, and view with disgust the action of an executive with powers as unlimited as a despot, in dictating and controlling the action of caucuses and conventions. D. CORSON, Chairman, S. V. JONES, Co™»H D. W. POINDEXTER, 1 JOHN NOBTON, On motion the report of the committee was adopted. Chairman Robinson of the committee on appeal to the American people, report ed a lengthy document which was in nature of a general appeal to people of United States at large, that Dakota be granted her right of division and admis sion. The report was adopted on motion. Judge Levesee of Grand Forks, offered a resolution condemning the administra tion for forfeiting the Northern Pacific land grant to the United States, and thus depriving bona Me settlers and innocent purchasers of their rights without giving such persons any redress. The resolu tion was unanimously adopted and made apart of the platform of the convention. The committee on delegates reported as follows: DELEGATES. G. C. Moody. Lawrence. T. O. Bogart, Bon Homme. J. M. Bailey, Jr.. Minnehaha. B. Sullivan, Aurdra. W. (J. Plummer, Brown. E. W. Foster, Spink. Geo. W, Hopp, Brookings. N. Iv. Hubbard, Cass. L. B. Richardson, Grand Forks. H. C. Hansborough, Devils Lake. ALTERNATES. J. A. Fowler. Pennington. G. Gilbert, Turner. Fred Schneaber, Yankton. T. H. Baldwin, Hand. Orr, of Walworth. Laird, of Hughes. Sprague, of Walsh, R. M. Tuttle. Yankton. A. H. Gray, Barnes. Harvey Harris, Burleigh. Gov. Mellette moved to amend report of committee l*y substituting the name of Hon. Johnson Nickeus of Stutsman for the name of L. B. Richardson of Grand Forks. He referred to the latter as a gentleman of whom he had never heard, during his residence in the terri tory, eulogized Mr. Nickeus as a staunch loyal and true friend of the south—a per sistant advocate of division, a gentleman of territorial reputation and acknowledg ed ability and advocated strongly the selection of this well known Dakotan in place of the unknown Grand Forks man. The gallery echoed the governor's senti ments and loudly applauded him. In defense of his fellow townsman Gen. Ward, in a powerful speech of cut ting sarcasm, alluded to Mr. Richardson as the personal friend of such men as James G. Blaine and Chauncey M. De Pew— a well known business man of Grand Forks and a prominent division ist. F. B. Fancher appealed strongly to Children Cry For PITCHER'S A Practically Perfect Preparation for Children's Complaints. South Dakota to stand by Mr. Nickeus as he had stood by them in the past, and characterized their desertion of him, if they should so do, as one of th6 blackest pieces of political treachery in the his tory of the territory. F. E. Jones fol lowed in the same strain, but the combi nation heeded Gen. Ward's appeal to stand by the slate, and the report of the committee was adopted and the dele gates and alternates, as reported by the committee, were declared elected. A motion thanking the temporary and permanent chairmen and secretaries for their services, the people of James town for their hospitality, and the rail road companies for their accommodations, introduced by Judge Bennett of Clark county, was unanimously adopted. A resolution to instruct the delegates for Blaine was howled down and the con vention adjourned amid great enthusi asm. NOTES AND GOSSIPS. The fountain in the park attracts con siderable attention from visitors. Anyone who asks Col. Plummer, what part of Dakota he hails from, will find his sole reply to be, that he comes from the "Hub city" down in old Brown coun ty. Captain Ingraham had 88 delegates registered at the Capital house last night Beds were made in the building across the street, and many given sleeping ac commodations there. The delegates coming up from the sou th last night who had not engaged rooms in advance were much exercised over the possibility that sleeping accommodations would be scarce, and as high as $3 was offered for a bed. It was a matter of frequent comment yesterday that E. W. Caldwell makes an admirable chairman. He was right at home in the position, and his clear strong voice and thorough knowledge of parlimentary practices make him an ad mirable presiding officer. The delegates of the counties are lo cated in the convention hall by standards, bearing the name of county to which dele gation belongs. The hall is well adapted for a large gathering of this kind. The pleas ant weather made the convention an out door gathering as much as inside. The military form and splendid phys ique of Gen. Harrison Allen the chair man of the territorial central committee, and the gentleman upon whom the devol ves the duty of calling this afternoon's convention to order, is frequently seen in the halls of the Gladstone and on the streets of the city. The Minneapolis News reached here this morning with a long report of the Jamestown convention. The enterprise of the News in having a special corres pondent on the ground, has won that pa per much well merited praise. The News scored another scoop over its evening rival in Minneapolis, for the benefit of Dakota newspaper readers. Editor Carter of the Canton Advocate, is among the newspaper visitors, as also are Frank Potter of the LaMoure Pro gress, L. |J. Bates, Lake Preston Times, H. C. Shober, Hyde County Bul letin, C. W. Starling, Aberdeen News, Major Barrett, Aberdeen Republican. J. E. Patton, Salem Special, Ralph Wheel lock, Mitchell Republican, Charles Wil son, Stark County Herald. I'LIMMEKISMS. The republican party made a mistake at the close of the war in not having a few more funerals. There is no distinction between a mug wump and a dude and it is a blessed thing they can't procreate themselves. The democrats incubate and incubate, hatch and strain and strain and hatch, and at last the Mills bill is born—and think it wall be still—born. My voice and my heart are still for James G. Blaine for president. I believe that in spite of his Florence letter, he will be nominated, and that the nomina tion will come in so emphatic a manuer that it cannot be declined. The republican party had to catch the democratic party by the seat of the pants and the nap of the neck and hold it (the democratic party) up to its own high standard, and when it relaxes its hold,the democratic party invariably falls back upon its old ground of secession and slavery. When I was a boy our mothers wove the cloth which we wore. A common ar ticle of domestic use was saved up to color it, and I well femember how when we boys would gather around a warm fire in the winter what a smell would go up—it was a smell that would do credit to a democratic caucus anywhere. I am not a modest man. I am a can ditate for delegate to Chicago, and if you vote for me I shall be thankf il if you don't it is all right. I learned ong ago to take my political medicine pleas antly, and shall not sulk. I shall proba „V& bly be engaged in the coming campaign, and wherever I may be, my voice shall be raised in behalf of Dakota and her ad vantages, and opportunities for eastern immigrants. 1 The democratic party is the ally of the English tory party. The mugwump is the fast friend of both, and constant imitator of the latter. Why. there is a little band of New York mugwumps who go down to Newport every summer. One bright, clear, sunshiny day, a crowd of New York mugwumps, were noticed walking through the streets of Newport with their trousers rolled up :to their knees, and on being asked the reason for this strange whim, replied that they had just received a telegram from England that it was raining over there. AVFUL DEED OF A CHILD. NINE-YEAR-OLD DELIBERATELY MURDERS HIS BROTHER AND APPEARS PERFECTLY UNCON CERNED AT HIS HORRICLE WORK. He Laughingly Asks What Brother# Are Good For Any Way—The Little Victim's Heart Literally Blown to Pieces—No Possible Reason to Be Given for the Strange Action. MACON, Ga., May 16.—From Fancy Bluffs, in Glynn county, this state, comes tews of a tragedy in which a 9-year-old boy murdered his 6-year-old brother. The father is Col. John F. Williamson, one of the most prominent of this section of the state. He and his family bad just returned from a journey and the children were put to bed in the same room. After they had said their prayers Mrs. Williamson joined her husband down stairs. Five minutes after they were startled by the report of a gun in the boys' room. When Col. William son reached the door the elder boy was standing in the floor. In reply to the question, "What has happened?" he re plied, 'Oh, it's all right, nobody is hurt." The father and mother pushed into the room. On the bed lay the youngest child, his head literally blown to pieces. The weapon was a heavily loaded shot gun and must have been held within a few inches of the victim. The unconcern of the youthful murderer was appalling. He admitted tlie killing, but said laugh ingly, "What's the good of a brother any way." Col. Williamson says that the young murderer must be either half witted or insane. The brothers had always ap peared to have great love for each other. ELECTRIC RAILWAYS. Growth of Wliat Will Be the Great Trans* ft-r Medium of the Future. NEW YORK, May 16.—The Electric Age in its forthcoming issue will say: Con trary to the general impression that there is only one electric railroad here and there, au examination of electrical railroad statistics shows that there are already 130 miles of road in operation on this continent. Of this number of miles, tweutv-one miles are in operation in the state of Pennsylvania, sixteen miles in the state of New York, ten in Ohio, and eighty-three miles in New Jersey, Mary laud, Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, Cal ifornia, Alabama, Virginia, Kansas, Del aware. Rhode Island and Ontario com bined.- Almost all of this building has been done in the past year, and 150miles of road are now under contract. PARAGRAPHIC NEWS. The New York Republican state con vention meetp in Buffalo Wednesday. Belva Lock wood and other dis tinguished advocates of woman suffrage are in Des Moines. The regular ticket was elected by the New York exchange Monday with W. L. Buell as president. Breadstuff's exports from the United States during April past aggregated in valne $7,829,5)94, against $ '2,546,$45 in April, IS^'7. Proposed amendments to the tariff bill flow in tipon the ways and means com mittee, but no action has been taken upon any of them as yet. The secretary of war sent to the senate a letter from the chief of engineers con cerning the necessity for the fortification of Puget sound, "\V. The letter gives at length suggestions and directions for the end desired. The telephone war which has lasted eighteen mouths at Rochester, X. Y., ended in a complete backdown by the com pany, which agrees to the rates fixe 1 by the citizens' committee and promtsss to put its wires under ground. Profits of Pedestrianism. XF.W YORK, May 1 .—The division of! the money won by the pedestrians was made Monday. Littlewood received $3,717.13 Guerrero, $1,466.84 Herty, $1,115.14 Noremac, 748.43 Golden*. 1371.10. I'nion Labor Fsrty Convention. CIXCIXSATI, May 16.—Union Labor party met at noon and was called to or der by Thomas M. Grnelle, of Indianap olis.