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At Santa Monica by the sea yesterday over one thousand representative
men of the city and county of Los Angeles, embodying the Democratic, Peo
ple's and Silver Republican, parties, mt In conventions to select a ticket with
which to oppose the railroad-ridden Republican county ticket nominated a
week ago.
The general arrangements for the conventions, so far as housing the dele
gates and furnishing committee rooms, were excellent, especially those af
forded the Democratic delegates, but the minor details were completely over
looked and caused no end of annoyance.
Santa Monica freely apologizes on the ground that It was her first conven
tion, and she didn't know exactly what to do with it.
The Southern Pacific railroad enme In for no small small share of cen
sure for the manner In which it handled the Immense crowd of delegates*, and
the people who went to watch the delegates work. But It wasn't a railroad
convention, and In consequence the officials felt no compunction in packing
the people like sardines In the cars and then losing time going and coming.
The Democratic delegate* were <iuarteied In a big tent facing the ocean
beach, which was fanned by the sea breeze and rendered cool and comfortable,
even when crowded, for while the delegates had room enough at all times, de
bates on certain questions gathered a throng of spectators In the lobbies, as
the outside ring was called, which filled them to overflowing. But there was
no need of fans, and everybody could hear and see.
The decorations of the tent were simple, but effective. The poles support
ing the tent were wrapped with, bunting of red, white and blue, over which
palm leaves were nailed. At each entrance gigantic branches of the banana
were arched, with bunches of fruit.
The rostrum was arched with American flags. In the center, suspended
over the speaker's stand, was an excellent picture of James O. Maguire, and
on the right and left pictures of W. J. Bryan and Stephen M. White.
The two hundred Sliver Republican delegates assembled In the ball room
of the Arcadia hotel, another cool, comfortable and roomy place, while the
People's party delegates fared equally well In the opera house up town. In
both assembly halls the decorations were of the national colors Intermingled
with palms and vines.
The absence of stenographers and type writers In the conventions—for only
one typewriter could be found in all Santa Monica, and that only after an ar
duous search—delayed the business to no little extent, the reports coming In
piecemeal and confusedly.
The work of the conventions was, on the whole, satisfactory. The dele
gates were In their seats on time, and the committees reported promptly, but
for all that the proceedings did not g* along without a hitch. Early In the
proceedings of the Democratic convention Chairman Nathan Cole of the Sil
ver Republicans arrived at the Democratic convention and read a resolution
In which the Silver Republicans agreed to indorse the nominees made by the
Democratic and Populist conventions. Immediately afterward the Teople's
Delegates to the Populist convention i
veie slow In arriving. This was, perhaps,
because the call had originally named 2
p. m. as the hour for convening. The pro-1
ceedlngs were held in Opera House hall,
which had been handsomely decorated with j
flogs and palm leaves. About 175 delegates
had assembled when Chairman Sam J. i
Chappel called the convention to order at j
during the morning session, as the railroad !
during the morning session, the railroad
tiains or electric cars arrived, and at the |
noon recess there were fully 250 members
Chairman Chappel, after a few words
on the necessity for harmonious action by
the Populists with the Democrats and Sil
ver Republicans, entertained a motion thnt
all resolutions be referred to the commit
tee on resolutions without previous de
bate. This motion was temporarily with
drawn until th* convention adopted a reso
lution declaring that any delegate who
would refuse to pledge his support to the
cenvention's nominees and platform should
be Ineligible to sit In the convention. The
previous motion was then carried.
The chairman stated that immediately
after adjournment the committees on res
olutions and platform, credentials and order
of business would meet, and should pre
sent their reports as soon as possible. An
adjourhment was then taken until lIISO
The committees were as follows:
Committee on Resolutions —A. R.
Sprague, A. G. Hinckley, M. M. McGlynn,
Frank A. Cattern. S. Bennett, J. M. Gun
r.< It, W. C. Bowman, J. T. Gordon, J. C.
I rodent'als—Fred Baker, C. O. Morgan,
W. H. Steele, J. O. Anderson, Miller of San
ta Monica.
Order of Business—Jud R. Rush, J. M.
Hnrdwlck, J. D. Bailey, E. D. Good, 8. A.
All Harmonious
Upon reconvening the chairman Intro
duced Nathan Cole, Jr., who stated that he
represented a committee from the Silver
Republican convention, which had be*n
charged to carry greetings to the Populists
to assure them of the hearty eo-operatlon
of the Silver Republicans in the actions of
the Populists. Mr. Cole declared his firm
belief that the union parties would nominate
a ticket that would "sweep on to victory tn
November." One hundred and ninety-three
delegates were In the Silver Republican 1
Upon motion of M. Mea!y:;n a committee
ot three was appointed to convey like greet
ings ar.d assurances to the Silver Repub
licans. Delegates Morgan, Sprague and <
White were appointed. i
The committee on resolutions and plat
form asked for authority to confer with i
the Democratic and Silver Republican
committees on platform. In order to draw ,
a union county platform. This authority |
was granted.
During a wait of twenty minutes for the
report of the credentials committee, shor'
and vigorous addresses were made by Del
egates Cattern, Sprague, Harts and Pul- 1
ton, all urging harmony and co-operation
in the campaign.
Order of Business
The committee on order of business re
ported as follows':
First—Report of credentials' committee.
Second—Report of committe on platform
and resolution's.
Third—Appointment of a committee on
certificates of nomination.
Fourth—Report of fusion committee.
Fifth—Nominations for county offices al
lotted to the Populist party, as follows: (a)
Recorder, (b) auditor, (c) surveyor, (d) dis
trict attorney.
Sixth—Certification of nominations made
by Silver Republican and Democratic con
Seventh—Report of Silver Republican
county convention of nominations made
BlKhth—Nominations of candidates
named by the Sliver Republicans.
Ninth—Report from Democratic conven
tion of nominations made.
Tenth—Nomination of Democratic candi
Eleventh—Passing resolutions authoris
ing the county central committee to ap
point Joint fusion auditing committee.
Twelfth—Designating time and place for
holding township conferences and conven
tions for townships outside of Los Angeles.
Thirteenth—Time and place for nomln-'
atlng township Justice and one constable j
for Los Angeles township.
Fourteenth—Nomination of one city Jus-|
(Continued on Page Five.) 1
The big tent where the Democratic con- I
ventlon met, with tho tropical decorations
of palms, banana foliage, gay lanterns and
flags, gave the proceedings somewhat of
a festal air, to which the fact o. i.elng in
merry Santa Monica added In Its effect
an the spirits of the delegates. The fore
noon, therefore, was passed By them
In exchanging Ideas and enjoying the
resources afforded by the hospitable peo
ple, until almost 12 oclock, when Frank
James called the convention to order.
"Izzy" Dockweller's big voice aided In
party sent word that they had nominated all the candidate? allotted to them,
except a candidate for district attorney.
There was a cheer from the delegates, for these announcement* seemed to
clear away the threatened wrangle over the district attorneyship nomina
tion, the only fight In the three conventions.
If the Silver Republicans were wilting to Indorse the nominees selected by
the Democrats and People's party, and If the People's party, to whom the of
fice was allotted, practically waived the naming of the man in favor of the
Democrat*, then' harmony was assured and the delegates cheered again.
Hut their joy was short lived.
The railroad push, over-confident In its strength, did not want, and would
not have harmony If they could prevent It.
All hope of a contest In the sheriff's fight was gone because, as an
nounced In The Herald yesterday morning, both John Wilson and Ed Smith
were willing to withdraw In favor of Jim Hanley, If he would run, and It was
known that he could get, as he did, the nomination by acclamation.
The railroad push had no chance to make a tight upon nominations for
district attorney in the Democratic convention, since that nomination belonged
to the Populists, but they took the first opportunity offered to attack the
proposition, and they found it In the report of the fusion committee.
The report of the Democratic members of the fusion committee was a
fair and manly document. It gave the details of the disagreement between
the Democrats and Sliver Republicans, and stated that every effort had been
made to arrange matters amicably, but without avail. The Silver Repub
licans demanded the office for a single candidate, who was not acceptable to the
Democratic party as a candidate for that position.
The argument that ensued upon the adoption of the report of the Demo
cratic fusion committee lasted for nearly three hourse. During the argument
the position of the delegates and the position of the railroad push were clearly
defined. The grounds of contention were equally obvious.
It was the ambition of one man, backed by the railroad push, who had
no desire to serve him but wanted revenge upon the men who had expesed
them at Sacramento, against the wishes of the Democrats and the Populists,
and, If the truth be told, many of the Silver Republicans. _ But the latter had
started in to make a fight, and, as men will do, they became more and more
determined to make lt regardless of consequences.
The orators of the railroad push, for the Silver Republicans made no at
tempt to Interfere in the debate In the Democratic convention, were all young
men, without professional standing in politics, with but two exceptions, and
the manner in which they conducted their side of the controversy rendered
such replies necessary that the debate was can-led to the danger line of per
While the older men In all the parties regretted the necessity of Indulging In
a wordy war there was no help for It.
The railroad push had to be met and defeated. Nevertheless they were met
1 Supt. of Schools,
1 Sheriff,
2 Recorder,
1 Auditor,
2 Surveyor,
8 Clerk
1 Nominated by tbe Democrats
2 Nominated by the People's party
S Nominated of the Silver Republicans
making the men take their seats, with Its
stentorian "Sit down, gentlemen," which
had at least the effect of bringing the
members to the sense that they were pres
ent for business and not altogether for fun.
Badges were distributed, and the formal
call, issued by Judge Stephens, was read
by Secretary Saunders.
Judge Guthrie at once wanted an ad
journment until 1 oclock. There was a
protest immediately from those who want
ed tn jrof down tn business, Mr. Dock
weller said he understood that the commit -
weller said he understood that the commit
tee on credentials had a report to make,
and Judge Stephens added that he under
stood that lt would be ready In a few mo
Ariosto McCrlmmon evidently feared
some funny work, for he demanded to
know If the credentials committee had not
made a report at the last convention, and
,If it had not been adopted, and he also
! inquired if the committee had observed
j the rule regarding proxies, which had been
(Continued on Page Four)
and defeated, for the fusion report was adopted, with a recommendation
which they strenuously fought.
Yet the fight was not over, since the Silver Republicans reconsidered their
action of the morning, and, In response to the recommendation referred to
above, which was to the effect that the Democrats request the Silver Repub
licans to concede to them the nomination for district attorney, the latter re
plied by asking for a new fusion committee to be composed of five members
from each party. This request was readily granted by the Democrats.
The test vote on the fusion report showed conclusively the Weakness of the
railroad push In the Democratic convention. It was no longer an unknown
quantity or a force to be dreaded If it came to a final issue.
The real, honest, true Democrats in th* contention told by their votes that
they could neither be coaxed, cajoled cr cursed Into supporting the element that
came Into the Democratic convention at the railroad's behest for the sole pur
pose of either securing certain candidates or disrupting fusion If they could.
The candidate urered by the majority of the 1 Democrats and Populisms for
the nomination for district attorney was Judge A. W. Hutton, and lt Is cer
tain that he could win the nomination If he would accept it, but the following
letter sent to The Herald yesterday afternoon by Judge Hutton, together with
an explanatory note, takes him out of the race entirely:
To the Editor of The Herald: I am surprised to see In The Her
ald a statement that I have consented to be a candidate upon the fusion
ticket for the office of district attorney of this county, though I am
gratified to know that the statement Is based upon nothing more sub
stantial than common rumor. I have never given any Euch consent,
but on the contrary have repeatedly stated that I cannot accept the
nomination, even If lt be tendered to me. Respectfully,
September 20, 1898. A. W. HUTTON.
This opene up the fight anew tomorrow.
Last night J. Noonan Phillips said to a Herald reporter: "I would have
been out of this fight twenty-four hum s ago but for the fact that the Silver
Republicaa delegates have stood solid to a man. What can I do? I have better
things offered me, but I must stay in the fight." It Is understood that Judge
Phillips has been offered a senatorial nomination from the Thirty-first district.
Judge Hutton's withdrawal will precipitate the nomination of Judge Phil
lips in the Democratic convention this morning.
Judge C. C. Wright or I. B. Dockweiler will be his opponent in all probabllty
—that Is unless the new fusion committee withdraws Judge Phillips from the
race In its reports to be made this morning.
Of the nomination of Jim Hanley by acclamation for sheriff, of the nomina
tions of Ennls, Sprague and others selected, lt can only be said they were the
unanimous, choice of the party.
With the one exception of the district attorney fight, the three conventions
have worked in perfect harmony, and the ticket so far nominated justifies the
prophecy that the ticket when completed will be the best ever nominated In the
The Arcadia hotel ballroom, gaily decked
with the flags of all nations, and with Its
smooth Moor sprinkled wdth sawdust, pre
sumably to keep the delegates from slip
ping, was the pleasant moetlnst place of
the Silver Republican convention.
At 10:40 R. H. Hewitt, chairman of the
Silver Republican county central com
mittee, rapped for order, and without pre
liminary remarks called for nominations
for temporary chairman. Dr. S. H. Boyn
ton presented the name of ex-Gov. Ciionel
M. Sheldon of Pasadena. On motion his
nomination and election were declared
unanimous and Dr. Boynton was appoint
ed a committee to escort him to the plat
form. Gov. Sheldon, In accepting the po
sition, spoke as follows:
Chairman Sheldon's Address
"As a general theory, I am opposed to
fusion, but as a temporary expedient and
a necessary step to an Inevitable result I
favor It this time. It 1b folly for men who
think alike to act separately. We have
approached the time when men hostile to
the domination of the money power must
act together.
"This Is not the first time we have faced
such a condition. I had Just arrived at
manhood when the Republican party was
prganlzed. Though brought up as a Demo
crat I Joined lt at that time and have re
mained with lt ever since. Then there were
as now three parties or divisions in senti
ment—the old abolitionists despised and
abused by the Democrats, the Democrats
themselves and the old Whig organization.
But, under the one necessity of fighting the
slave power they laid aside petty differ
ences and harmonized.
"And that conditions Is similar to ours
today. Some Democrats are going over to
the money power—let them go. We will
gain more strength from the support of
good Republicans than we can possibly
lose thrcugh them.
"I have never voted for a Democratic
governor In my life, but I will this year.
(Great applause.) It is a necessity. Now
Is no time to carp on small Issues."
Temporary Organization
the conclusion of his speech, which
was listened to with marked attention, the
chair asked for nominations for temporary
secretary. Frank J. Cooper nominated
W. E. Saneome of Los Angeles, Nathan
Cole, Jr., nominated C. D. Hubbard of San
Twelve Pages
Fernando and W. C. Petchner nominated
H. E. Bchwlchtenberg of Pasadena.
On motion of Mr. Petchner all three gen
tlemen were declared temporary secreta
Mr. Cooper moved that owing to the
detention of V. B. G. Todd, secretary of
the cour.ty central committee, the call for
the convention, which was In Mr. Todd's
possession be not read until resumption of
business after the noon recess.
Dr. Boynton then moved the appoint
ment ot a committee of five on platform
and resolutions. On motions of Messrs.
Cooper and Hewitt similar committees on
organization and order of business and
credentials were appointed. The number
In the case of the platform and resolutiona
committee was afterward changed to
A five minute recess was then taken In
order to allow the chair time for making
up his committees. During this recess the
delegates presented their credentials to
the secretaries. At Its close Chairman
Sheldon announced the following com*
Committees Appointed
Credentials—R. H. Hewitt. H. S. Book,
C. C. Thompson, J. A. Edmonds. J. A.
Platform and resolutions—W. C. Petch
ner, L. M. Holt. W. H. Knight, Cart
Schultze, C. F. Edson, T. H. Wells. Wll
loughby Cole, J. L. Murphey, E. E. Bacon.
Order of business and organization—F.
J. Cooper, Jay B. Arnold, R. F. Douglass,
J. R. Thatcher, J. V. Young.
Fusion Committee's Report
The report of the committee on fusion
was next asked for. Dr. Boynton, chair
man of that committee, took the floor and
gave a verbal report, telling of the meet
ing of the three fusion committees at th*
Nadeau last week.
"At that meeting," said Dr. Eoynton,
"over which Judge Winder presided, we
made the suggestion that the chairman of
Democratic committee tell first the number
of places expected by that party for the
county ticket. Dr. Hill replied that they
desired seven, and Chairman Baker of the
Populists spoke for four places. When
we were asked what the Silver Republic
ans desired we replied that it was a mat
ter of Hobson's choice, and since there
1 (Continued on Page Five.)

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