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f The trl-party county convention closed Its labors last night.
It presents to the voters of Los Angeles county a ticket of which the makers
feel Justly proud, even though the personnel of that ticket Is not. In a single
Instance only, what the majority of the delegates hoped it would be.
On all aide* It Is admitted to be a clean ticket—a ticket nominated absolutely
Without a slate or program, without dictation from push or pull, and there Is
not thought to be a man on lt that cannot receive the support of every honest
voter in the county, leaving with that voter only the knowledge that in sup
porting the nominees he Is supporting the platforms of the allied Democratic,
Stiver Republican and Populist parties and supporting men who will be true to
the pledges of these platforms, true to the people, and hence true to themselves.
The railroad push was downed once again, aye, downed and driven out
worse than In the state convention. It was no easy task, for the Southern Pa
cific sack was used yesterday in the convention, and with a lavish hand, but the
honest men triumphed ln the end, and universal confidence Is expressed that
they will again triumph when It comes to placing the men they have named ln
Desperate cases need desperate remedies, and the proceedings of the conven
tion yesterday called forth at times "plain words spoken ln earnest." The
Democrats swept their own threshold clean before complaining ot their
neighbors, and no a"pologles are being made for the Job.
The whole fight yesterday hinged, as on the day before, upon the nomina
tion of a candidate for the office of district attorney. The conference com
mittee appointed the night before reported that Judge J. Noonan Phillips had
agreed to withdraw from the race if Judge Hutton would accept the nomina
tion. Judge Phillips himself went upon the platform and made the same state
Then lt was that the railroad push attempted to control the convention. They
whooped and howled that Judge Hutton was out of the race, and quoted the
latter from him published In yesterday's Herald.
The staid, reliable men of the! convention checked the onslaught of the
twenty-eight railroad delegates and their followers by reading the report of the
Joint committee appointed on Tuesday night to settle the queetlon of the nomi
nation, which report demanded that Judge Hutton accept the nomination. The
report was as follows:
Resolved, That this committee, upon the recommendation of Judge
Phillips, recommend to their respective conventions that Judge A. W.
Hutton be their unanimous choice for district attorney. Agreed to by
J. R. Rush, John C. Morgan, L. M. Pickering. J. M. Hardwick, W. L.
Moore, F. B. Guthrie, James W. Hellman, Shirley C. Ward, U. S. G. Todd,
W. T. Martin, Carl Shulta, A. D. Thatcher, Uriah Forrest, M. J. McDer
mott, Henry T. Hazard.
Then followed a struggle for a recess until a delegate could be sent to
Judge Hutton to get his final reply. The delegate selected for the mission was
Shirley Ward, and before the convention reassembled he sent the following
telegram from Los Angeles to the convention:
Judge F. B. Guthrie, Chairman Democratic Fusion Committee, Santa
Judge Hutton does not wish nomination, but will run If nominated. I
bring more formal communication stating his position.
The letter appears elsewhere. It pved sufficient to show even the irre
pressible railroad push that their cause was lost, and they started In to overturn
not only the conference committee's report, but the demands of the man whom
they were trying to force into a nomination.
Judge Phillips tried to check them in their work, and once more mounted
the platform to withdraw, but was literally forced off, pushed down the steps
by the men who were determined to carry out their program.
In their zeal they defeated their awn ends, even more completely than tbe
convention would have defeated them, for tbe delegates saw and realized the
full fore* of the act, amd the tide turned so rapMiy that lt swept the push oft Its
With the withdrawal of the names of both Judge Hutton and Judge Phillips,
the only fight that marred the proceedings of the three conventions ended. The
railroad forces made no further attempt to secure recognition, and the ticket
was completed without delay or trouble.
"The trl-party convention," said a prominent factor tn the two days' work
last night—"the first of Us kind of any magnitude ever held ln the state—the
delegates of the three parties all meeting at the same time, but not in a body, has
taught the friends of fusion some valuable lessons. Hereafter the various
bodies will guard closely against 'traitors' In their camps. All agree that but for
the presence of the one element, the railroad delegates, the conventions, with
out previous program or 'slate,' would have completed their labors In a single
None regret tha battle fought and won, however, for tha victory was upon
the lines laid down by our leader In the present campaign, and the test of
strength showed that Democrats, Populists and Silver Republicans are abso
lutely 'fused' against corporation control.
"Unlike the late Republican county convention, there were no defeated candi
dates for nomination who left the conventions with 'a knife up their sleeve' for
their successful opponents. The country and the city were given their fair
share of the offices, and every class of honest voters were given recognition."
"The county ticket will strengthen tha state ticket" was heard on every
hand last night, and the delegates went to their homes satisfied with their work
and ready to fight for the election of every nominee.
The failure to expel from the convention the recognized railroad push was
commented upon. A majority, and a good majority at that, of the delegates
were anxious to rid the convention of the men who represented Uncle Collls
in his present campaign In this state. A resolution was prepared and about to
be introduced when the delegates from the country suggested that the railroad
push be given a chance to show ltd strength. Their wishes were deferred to, and
It there was any doubt about the ability and willingness of the fusion party In
Los Angeles county to cope with and defeat the S. P. men, backed by the S. P.
sack, that doubt must have been dispelled.
r\ Day Full of Oratory and Not a Few
Attempts at It
Looking somewhat the worse for the
•rear and tear of the previous day, the del-
Igates assembled yesterday morning In lit
tie groups long before the hour (or con
vening and discussed the situation. The
conferences in the matter of the district at '
The Herald
The Fusion Forces at Santa Monica
Sheriff—James Hanley, D.
County Qerk—Frank J. Cooper, S. R.
Auditor—W. H. Goodrich, P.
Recorder —A. R. Sprague, P.
Tax Collector—R. W. Wood, S. R.
District Attorney—J. L. Murphey, S. R.
Assessor —J. W. Hanselman, D.
Treasurer—J. C. Newton, D.
Supt. of Schools —Chas. L. Ennis, D.
Public Admin. —W. B. Scarborough, D.
Coroner—Dr. O. D. FitzGerald, D.
, Surveyor—A, R. Street, P.
Completed a Strong County
Ticket Yesterday
36th Senatorial—J. N. Phillips, S. R.
38th Senatorial—J. W. Hudson, S. R.
70th Assembly—Moses Wiley, S. R.
71st Assembly—George A. Carter, D.
73d Assembly, William Mead, D.
74th Assembly—Uriah Forrest, S. R.
Ist Supervisorial—George W. Hill, P.
3d Supervisorial—Fremont Cobb, D.
City Justice—C O. Morgan, P.
City Justice —William Crawford, D.
Township Justice —Milton X.Young, D.
Township Constable —B. F. Land, P.
Town. Constable —F.H.Thompson, D.
torneyship the evening; before had not been
productive, of results, so far as was then
known, and the question was If anything; ln
worse shape than the day before. Connu
btatlnt? went on until a little after 10 oclock
when Judge Stephens called the convention
to order, although many of the delegate?
were not In, their seats.
The first regular order of business was the
taking of the third ballot for public admin
istrator, which resulted as follows:
Scarborough 300
Eberle 1«2
Elchorn 170
Necessary to a choice 330
There being no choice, Judire Harris with
drew the name of Eberle and a fourth bal
let was taken, as follows:
Scarborough 471
Elchorn 176
Necessary to a choice 340
Before the close of the ballot Mr. Hyatt
moved that the nomination of Scarborough
he made by acclammatlon, which was done
and the successful nominee was escorted to
the platform by Mr. Elchorn.
Nominations Made
At this Juncture a committee from tht
Silver Republican convention appeared and
Nathan Cole, acting as spokesman, notified
the convention that the Silver Republican?
had nominated Frank J. Cooper for county
clerk and Richard W, Wood for tax col
lector, also W. B. Mays for assemblyman
from the Seventy-fourth district and Jo
slah Hudson from Puente for.senator fot
the Thirty-eighth. Frank James moved
that F. J. Cooper be made the nominee ol
the Democratic convention by acclamation.
In seconding the nomination Senator Del
Valle complimented Mr. Cooper very highly
for his successful work ln the interest of
Chairman Stephens created a laugh when
be Inadvertently spoke of the nomination
cf Judge Phillips for county clerk, but
cleverly got out of his dilemma by saying
that he had considered Mr. Phillips the
whole Silver Republican party. Senator
Del Valle escorted Mr. Cooper to the plat
form and the nominee made a speech of
acceptance ln a few graceful words.
Mr. James nominated R. J. Wood for tax
tollector and the nomination was madi
by acclamation.
County Assessor
The next order of business was the nomi
nation for assessor. C. C. Wright
nominated J. E. Wlthrow ,F. B. Guthrie
suggested that the city had taken every
thing so far and lt was time to consider the
country. He therefore nominated J. W.
Hanselman of Compton. Hanselman's
name was seaonded by several gentlemen
from the country.
It was moved and seconded that nominees
simply appear on the platform and make
no speeches. Carries.
Before a ballot was taken Wlthrow with
drew and Hanselman was nominated by
Treasurer Newton
Eart Rogers, ln the nomination for treas
urer, said tihe Republican cry was clean
out the court house gang, which they pro
ceeded to do by nominating sixteen depu
ties and ex-offlce holders. He said the
fusion ticket would clean it out, from the
$10,000 chicken coop on the cupola to the
$30,000 tunnel ln the basement He spoke
of the farmers, and said they had had hard
times, creating a laugh by the following:
The cinch bug eats the farmer's wheat
The red bug steals his honey;
The bed bug bites the farmer's back.
The gold bug steals his money.
He closed by nominating Captain J. C
Newton of South Pasadena. I. B. Dock
weller seconded the nomination. Senator
Del Valle also seconded the nomination,
and Newton was elected by acclamatllon.
Phillips' First Speech
J. Noonan Phillips, being introduced at
this time, sadd they were convened to do
politics, which was evidently his Idea of
the convention, from his subsequent con
duct. "If J,udge Hutton Is a candidate for
district attorney lam not. Ido not care
a continental cuss for office, but I do care
for friends. Would rather have my friends
than be president. Dr. Hill will bear me
out when I say that I did my share toward
nominating Judge James G. Maguire, the
honest blacksmith of San Francisco, and
we are going to give him a majority south
of Tehachapl. I know Henry T. Gage.
He is my neighbor and I do not wan: him
to go away and I will do my best tto keep
him at home. Ido not want him to risk
his health."
Conference Report
Judge Guthrie having obtained the floor,
presented the report of the conference com
mittee of five, which had the evening be
fore met with the Populist and Silver Re
publican committees. He said that, after
a consultation lasting several hours and
the appearance before the committee of
Judge rhillips, It had been decided as the
unanimous sense of the body that Judge
Hutton be the nominee of the convention
', I and the nomination be conceded to tho
■ Democrats. He therefore moved that
! Judge A. W. Hutton be declared the nom
', inee of the convention.
This brought Mr. Allender to his feet
' with a Jump, and he moved, as an amend-
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ment. that the report of the committee
be accepted. A viva voce vote was taken,
and the chairman decided that Mr. AHen
der's motion was lost, but the ruling was
contested and an appeal was taken, with
the result that Judge Stephens withdrew
his ruling. This restored quiet, and after
several motions and counter motions,
which resulted ln nothing definite, a recess
was taken until 2:30 p. m.
Afternoon Session
During the. noon intermission the sena
torial and assembly district conventions
were called to order and several nomina
tions were made. In the Seventy-third
assembly district William Mead was nom
inated hy acclamation. The Seventy-fifth
asjcmbly district adjourned to meet next
Saturday morning in the Downey block.
Fremont Cobb of Cahuenga was nominated
for supervisor In the Third district.
The Thlrty-eiKhth senatorial convention
lne.or.sed the nomination of J. W. Hudson
of Puente. and the Thirty-sixth distriot
was scheduled to meet at the close of busi
ness. The Seventy-third and Seventy-fifth
assembly districts an Third supervisorial
district conventions were also notified to
meet at the close of the morning session.
In the meantime the Seventy-second as
sembly district convention was held, and
George rampton nominated, after a short
contest, the other candidates being Dr.
Hancock and William Games.
City Officers
I'pon reassembling the convention was
called to order by Acting Chairman Frank
James, who stated that the assembly
would resolve Itself into a city convention
for the purpose of nominating Justices and
constables. Two candidates for the of
fice of city Justice, which hod been allotted
to the Democrats, were put forward, T. R.
Owen and William Crawford. Eulogistic
speeches ln nominating and seconding
were made by Senator Del Valle, Dr. Kurta
and Earl Rogers. During the calling of
the roil It became apparent that delegates
were being voted in some cases whether
they were present or not. The push ele
ment, in the rear of the hall, in several
Instances voted precincts whose delegates
were not ln evidence at the time. Before
the ballot was concluded lt became evident
that Owen was not ln it, and his name was
withdrawn, and Crawford's nomination
made unanimous. C. O. Morgan, nomt
neo of the People's party for Justice, was
Indorsed, and the city convention ad
journed, subject to the call of the chair.
Township Fight
The township convention was then called
to order with the same officers. Attorney
Trask placed ln nomination Milton K.
Young for township Justice, who was nom
inated by acclamation. For the office of
constable four candidates presented them
selves, and a li\-ely contest ensued. The
names of O. W. Hopkins. J. M. Butler, Otto
Quandt and F. H. Thompson were success
ively presented. The candidates put up
their five-dollar gold pieces and the ballot
ing began. The first ballot resulted:
Hopkins 92
Quandt '.'..'.'.'.".'.'.139
Thompson ,!! 94
Butler " gg
Necessary to choice ' .197
Butler's name was withdrawn and the
second ballot taken resulted:
Quandt 133
Thompson 159
Hopkins 94
Necessary to choice 191
Hopkins was then scratched and the last
ballot resulted in Thompson 188, Quandt 184,
necessary to a choice 187, and Thompson
was declared the nominee.
After endorsing the nomination of the
Populists of B. F. Land for constable, the
township convention adjourned.
Hutton's Letter
Once again the county convention re
assembled and Chairman Stephens re
linquishing the gavel to Vice-Chalrman
Del Valle, the delegates settled themselves
for the fight they knew was coming. The
regular order of business was called for
and Senator Del Valle announced that
nominations for the office of coroner were
In order. Before anyone had been recog
nized to make a nominating speech J. W.
Hellman secured the floor and moved a
suspension of the regular order that the
convention might listen to a letter which
had been received from Judge A. W. Hut
ton. His motion pervatllng Judge Guthrie
mounted the rostrum and read the follow
LOS ANGELES, Cal., Sept. 21.1898.
To the Democratic. Populist and Sil
ver Republican County Conventions,
Santa Monica: Gentlemen—1 have
never desired the office of district at
torney In this county, and have at all
times so asserted. I am in favor of
genuine, hearty fusion of the three sil
ver parties In the coming election. I
believe such a union Is far more impor
tant than the filling of any one office,
and have, therefore, advocated con
ceding the office of district attorney to
either the Silver Republicans or Popu
lists, rather than that there should be
any bad feeling engendered by any
contention over It. I would, person- ■,
ally, greatly prefer than any one of the
gentlemen mentioned in connection
with this office should receive the nom
ination, rather than that I should my-
lnation, ratner man rnai i snouia ray
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