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VOLUME LXXX.- NO. 23.
ILLINOIS DEMOCRATS GATHER State Issues Overlooked in the Great Presidential Struggle. SENATOR TELLER FINDS FAVOR. But Leaders May Head Off the Boom With a Platform Favoring Silver. BOIES MEN ARE VERY ACTIVE AND SANGUINE. Governor Altgeld Will Control The Convention, However, and Dic tate All Action. PEORIA, 111., June 22.— Perhaps the most significant feature of the gathering of the Democratic clans for to-morrow's State Convention is the strong under current of sentiment in favor of the indorsement of Senator Teller a3 a Presi dential candidate upon an out anil out free coinage platform by the National Con vention at Chicago. Sizzling and swelter ing under a thermometer that reached and passed the century mark, the as sembled hosts debated this point pro and con to the exclusion of the merits of candi dates for the State ticket and other de tails usually assigned to first con sideration. There is no question that were a Teller resolution introduced to-morrow it would receive the support of quite a respectable following, but the suggestion is antagonized by the Altgeld machine, and as a consequence it is not likely to be heard of on the floor. During the day "Secretary of State Hinrichson, the or ganizing lieutenant of Governor Altgeld, was visited at his quarters by a large num ber of delegates in sympathy with the Colorado Senator and his following, and who argued with more or less vigor and earnestness that a coalition of the Na tional silver Democrats with the silver Republicans would certainly result in the triumph of the white metal in November. To one and all, however, the secretary had but one reply. He contended that any attempt toward the indorsement of an erstwhile Republican at Chicago would result in a bolt of the gold-standard dele gates; that these in turn would hold a convention of their own and nominate a ticket which would be heralded as that of the simon-pure Democracy, and that such ticsec would receive the support of the strongest Democratic agricultural and farming elements, to whom he silver champions, look mostly for support, and who will be unwilling to swallow Teller and his life-long Republicanism, even if baited with a silver hook. "Let us nominate a silver Democrat at Chicago." was Mr. Hinrichsen's conclud ing argument, again and again repeated, "and if the silver Republicans want to come to us, well and good; it not, let them nominate their own ticket and carry their own States. We will do the same, and silver will fare just as well in the Electoral College." As to the convention to-morrow, it is sufficient to say that Governor Altgeld is in absolute control, and that to 900 or more of the thousand delegates bis wiil is law. He it is who will name the four dele gates at large and forty out of the forty four district delegates — the majority being also tied to his post by the operation of the unit rule. Likewise will he stand sponsor for every plank of the platform and desig nate every nominee upon the State ticket, including his own renomination for the governorship. Finally he will go to Chi cago with the vote of the entire delegation in his pocket, to be cast or not to be cast, as he may will it. It is the story of the Colorado Republican Convention retold, with Altgeld in the place of Teller. It is to be a one-man convention, and the dele gates, in the proportion of three to one, seem satisfied with the situation. The Iowa promoters of the Boies boom made little impression during the day, al though they worked hard. Each arriving delegate and party woriter was furnished with a picture of the ex-Governor and a pamphlet sketch of the public life and public services over the caption: "Silver must be restored is the issue of "96." But the literature lacked potency. Gov ernor Alt,- eld, when talked to in the in terest of the Iowa candidate, was decidedly non-committal. He characterized as an invention of the "goldbugs" the story that he was opposed to Mr. Boies because the latter had made a speech justifying President Cleveland in sending Federal troops to Chicago during the labor troubles, but admitted having said that this speech might react against Boies among the la boring element in the event of his being the nominee. On general principles he thought the ex-Governor's attitude on the public questions of the day should entitle him to consideration at the hands of the Chicago convention. Lithographs of Bland of Missouri were displayed in the National Hotel this even ing, but if he had any sponsors they failed to put themselves in evidence. As for ex-Congressman Morrison, not long ago regarded as a "favorite son," his name was not mentioned even in under tone-. The slate for delegates at large was agreed upon at a conference of the Governor and his lieutenants this evening. [■ is headed by the Governor himself, with Secretary Hinrichsen, Judge Sam P. O'Connell of Chicago and General Lewis 15. Parsons of Florida as his associates, Tie latter is SO years Old. Thomas H. Gal.an of Chicago has been •dated to succeed National Committeeman Ben R. Cable. The platform will in tne main be devoted to State affairs, the Na tional planks being confined to declara tions for free-silver coinage and revenue tariff. COLD MEN TO CONTROL. Cleveland's Friends Appear to Have Captured the Wisconsin Convention. MILWAUKEE. Wib., June 22.— The The San Francisco Call. gold men and mends of Cleveland appear to have captured the Wisconsin Democ racy, and at the convention of the party, which will assemble at the Bijou Theater to-morrow at 11 o'clock, the gold men will be able to run things their own way. The silver forces of the State are not organized and the victories won by them in the pre liminary skirmishes about ten days ago alarmed the gold men and only tended to spur them on to more vigorous efforts. Every sound-money man in the State was called upon to make a special effort to secure the election of the gold delegates, and the result was that in some of the counties which were thought to be bi metallic the gold men were successful. There will be 359 delegates in the conven tion and a careful estimate shows there will be, as far as heard from, 149 gold men, 87 silver men and 62 doubtful. Thomas F. Frawley of Eau Claire, a sound-money man, will be temporary chairman. * DEMOCRATS OF TEXAS. Sound-Money Men Will Be Beaten by the Champions of the White Metal. AUSTIN, Tkx.. June 22.— The Demo cratic State Convention to elect delegates to the National Convention meets to-mor row, and indications are that there will be a hot fight in the free-silver ranks over the delegates from the State at large. The convention will undoubtedly be dominated by the free-silver element. The State Convention of the sound money Democrats also meets here to-mor row, and will probably send a contesting delegation to Chicago. The call was for this purpose, but the development of the free silver strength in the National Con vention has thrown a damper on the propo sition. WILL IGNORE CLEVELAND. Silver Men Propose to Rule the Ohio State Democratic Convention. COLUMBUS, Ohio. June 22.— As the ad vance guard of the delegates to tne Demo cratic State Convention arrive, it seems the sentiment for free silver coinage is even stronger tnan anticipated. It is al most impossible to find an advocate of the sinpie-gold standard among the Demo crat? present to-night. There is not the slightest doubt that the delegates at large will be free-silver men, and it is likely that the convention will declare in favor of the unit rule and instruct the delegation to Chicago to cast the entire vote of the State for free silver. To-night it was announced that the State Central Committee, of which a major ity is for the gold standard, would name a gold-standard Democrat for temporary chairman of the convention. This so ex asperated the free-silver men that they is sued notice from their headquarters that if this was done they would ignore the S3 lection and choose a chairman of their own. They have agreed upon Ihomas E. Powell oi this city for temporary chair man. The free-silver organization has de cided that the convention shall not in dorse any candidate for the Presidential nomination. This will be fatal to the aspirations of John W. Bookwalter, who was to ask for the indorsement of the convention. His friends still say that a motion will be made to give him this indorsement. The platform is to be short. It will declare in the plainest terms for the free coinage of silver in the ratio of 1(5 to 1, denounce the work of the present Legislature and the ad ministration of Governor McKinley; criti cize the Congress at the last session and ignores President Cleveland entirely. ♦ MATTHEWS THEIR CHOICE Indiana Democrats Ready to Elect Silver Democrats to the Chi cago Convention. INDIANAPOLIS, IyD., June 22.— The Democratic convention, which opens with the district meetings to-morrow night, has ! attracted a big crowd to the city. Various j I meetiucs have been held to-night, and this ! much is practically assured: The platform ; will declare ior the free coinage of silver; at the ratio of lfitol. Governor Matthews ■ will be put forward as the choice of the j Indiana Democrats for President. The fou' delegates at large will be : Sen- i SAN FRANCISCO, TUESDAY MORNING, JUNE 23, 1596. ators Voorhees and Turpie, B. F. Shively of South Bend and J. G. Shanklin of Evansville. The nominee for Governor will be ex-Congressman Shively of South Bend. The permanent chairman will be K. C- Bell of Fort Wayne. The platform declares for the "immediate restoration of silver to the place it held in our monetary system before the act of 1873, and the free coinage of both metals at the ratio of 16 to 1." It declores for a purely revenue tariff and the election of Senators by the popular vote, and contains a strong reso lution favoring Cuban independence. NEW YORK'S DEMOCRACY. Leaders Have Selected Delegates and Alternates for the National Convention. NEW YORK, N. V., June 22.— Several of tne prominent Democratic leaders are in Albany to-night. Chairman Binkley of the State Committee arrived this even ing and proceeded at once to Senator Hill's home, where he will spend the night. Ex- Secretary of the Navy Whitney accom panied him. Senator Hill, Mr, Whitney and Mr. Hinkley will start to-morrow for Saratoga. A long conference between the leaders ensued at Senator Hill's home. Tne discussion was, of course, mainly on the platform to be adopted and the fignt to be made for honest money at Chicago. It is understood the four delegates at large to the Chicago convention will be Senators Hill and Murphy, ex-Governor Flower and Frederick R. Coudert. Mr. Whitney reiterated nis desire not to go as a delegate, and Mr. Coudert was de cided upon. It is well known that Senator Murphy, although he will be elected a delegate at large, does not intend to go to Chicago. As his alternates two names are mentioned — ex-Postmaster - General Bis sell of Buffalo and ex-Mayor Grace of New The Wreck and Ruin Made by the Collapse of the Lodging- House at Fifth Street and Mint Avenue. Several People Were Killed by the Fall of the Building and Some Were Injured. Yorfc. If Mr. Coudert is put on as a dele gate Mr. Bissell, rather than Mr. Grace, will probably be selected for Senator Mur phy's alternate. Hon. John Boyd Thatcher, Mayor of Albany, wiil be temporary chairman of the State Convention and it is settled that the temporary organization shall be made permanent. The financial plank of the platform will follow the lines laid down in previous State platforms and declare for the gold standard. Bimetallism will only be recog nized through an intTiiational agreement. BELMONT COMING HOME. Will Shorten His European Tour In Order to Attend the Democratic National Convention. PARIS, France, June 22.— A representa tive of the United Press to-day questioned the Hon. Perry Belmont regarding a statement that he intended to brine his European tour to a close and return to the United States. Mr. Belmont confirmed the report and added that he intended to sail for New York in a short time in order to attend the Democratic National Con vention as a delegate from Suffolk County, New York. MARCUS AURELIUS HANNA AT HOME, Next to McKinley He Is the Most Popular Man in Ohio. SHREWD BUT JOVIAL. Cosgrave Tells of the Character istics of the Great Political Manager. DECIDEDLY A BUSINESS MAN. But Indomitable Good Humor Keeps His Mind in Equipoise and Serenity. CLEVELAND. Ohio, June Marcus Aurelius Hanna, next to his friend Wil liam McKinley, is the most popular man to-day in Ohio. When he came home from St. Louis last Saturday he was received in a manner befitting Caesar on his return from the Gallic wars, and there was almost as much enthusiasm over ' im in Cleve land as there was over Major McKinley in Canton. The American people admire a clever man, and they are inclined, perhaps a little too much; to worship success. Mr. Hanna is both clever and success ful, and that is why he is admired. Ido not know of any other person living in the shadow of the smoke from the factory chimneys of tlie E;*st or West who can show the same executive ability or who can show the same capacity for handling varied enterprises. He is a thorough bus iness man, ajid his prominence aa a politi cal manager is due to the fact that when he has a campaign to make he looks upon it just as be would look upon any business enterprise — simply as a piece of work to be done and to be done well. It was part of his business to see that the large investments which he has made should be protected from the danger of a currency which fluctuate in value and which is recognized as bullion by those nations with which this country has the most intercourse. It was also a part of his business affairs to prevent the flooding of this country with the cheap labor products of Europe under the Democratic system of tariff which has ruined agricul turists in California and which would in time bring wages and the standard of liv ing down to the low level of European paupers and Asiatic coolies. He knew that the masses of tne people of the East and the "West and the middle W r est were a unit on thi3 proposition, the feeling, if anything, being stronger in the large man ufacturing districts than it even is on the Pacific Coast. He knew that this was a matter which went beyond mere partisan politics, because it concerned the bread and butter of the laborer and the mechanic ail over the Nation because the laborers and mechanics have become educated by bitter experience into the knowledge that if a man sends his money away from home be will in course of time be allowed to send his labor away from home also. It was apparent to him that the forego ing state of affairs, if allowed to prevail, would so diminish the purchasing power of the masses of the people that the sales of goods would decrease, prices would cheapen with the cheapening of their price of labor and the margin of profit would become smaller and smaller. Mr. Hanna, no doubt, Knew from the his tory ol this country that the high-priced times were the most prosperous. The tramp and the industrial army were un known, factories were running full time, and with full sets of hands, good prices prevailed for farm and all other home products. But by and through the intro duciion of foreign competition, which the Democracy welcomed with open arms and beating heart, the nickel becomes split up into cent pieces and the Democracy achieved its heart's desire of cheap goods made by cheap men, women and children. It was necessary, in order to restore the old condition of things, to nominate and elect a President who would be in touch with the best interests of the people, both employers and employed. Such a man had been in Mark Hanna's eye for many years, a man devoted to the principles of protection and whom the people of his own and surrounding States honored for it. That man was William McKinley of Canton, Ohio, only sixty miles away from Mr. Hanna's home. . Here was the work to be done to save the industrial interests of this country, and here was the man who could do it. Mr. Hanna comprehended the many serious difficulties in the way. He was aware that Platt of New York and that Wall street wanted Levi P. Morton for the Presidency; that New England was under the magnetic spell of Tom Reed ; that Quay of Pennsylvania, with his lever on that State, was a foeman not to be de spised, he being one of the subtlest and most energetic of politicians. Then there was the silver rock away out West on which Teller and his adherents had taken their stand.. A man with less steam-power, with less will force and courage than Mark Hanna, would have faltered in the face of so many obstacles, but these seemed only to inspire him. Mr. Hanna pToceeded to do business on Continued on Fourth Page. DEATH CAME WITH A CRASH, Terrible Collapse of a Fifth- Street Tenement= House and Restaurant. TWO KILLED AND NEARLY A SCORE WOUNDED. The Frightful Casualty Said to Have Been Due to Gross Negligence. FIREMEN AND CITIZENS WORK GAL . LANTLY SIDE BY SIDE. Thousands View the Ruins and Cheer the Rescuers in Their Noble Efforts to Save Those Pinned Down by the Timbers. By the collapsing of a three-story frame building at the northwest corner of Fifth street and Mint avenue at a quarter to 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon death and suffer ing came to several people in the rums. ERNESTINE SILVERSTEIN of 234 Stevenson street. THE INJURED: PATRICK McKEOWN. MRS. JOSEPH BYRNE. MISS SARAH BYRNE. MSB. K. McKEOWN. RICHARD BUCKLEY. EMILE LEUENBERGER. H. SHEPHERD. DENNIS GRIFFIN. SIMEON DEANE. GEORGE CONNEN of 220 Dora street. STEIN. MICHAEL ROURKE, hodcarrrier. The disaster came without the faintest premonitory warning — a sudden creaking of timber, a cracking of glass and then a thundering crash, and the tall frame structure sank in a cloud of dust,. Presently the scene was one of wild excitement with crowds pressing forward to see what had happened, and a band of heroic volun teer rescuers working amid the debris. The building was used as a lodging-house and coffee-saloon, at 20 and 22 Fifth street, immediately opposite the United States Mint. The dust from the shattered plaster and walls rose high in the air, and before it cleared away loud shrieks and calls for help were heard, and these told the crowd that there were unfortunate people under and within the ruins. The members of No. 17 engine, on Mint avenue, a few doors west of the fallen structure, were among the fir.->t to rush to the scene of the disaster to render assist nnce to those imprisoned within the ruins or pinioned underneath the broken timbers. Volunteers went to their assistance and the work of searching for those who needed help was commenced at once. The first to be removed was a woman, who was on the sidewalk, having been struck as she was passing by. She was conveyed into the undertaking establishment of McAvoy & Gallagher, in the building adjoining on the east, and when examined it was discovered that she was dead. Then came the sound of the alarm bells and whistles, summoning the firemen to signal station No. 47, and when Chief Engineer Sullivan ascertained the occasion for the alarm he directed his men in the work of rescue. This was done as quickly as it possibly could be. Men with axes cut away the roof timbers which were hurled to firenieu and volunteers who passed them from one io another until out of the way. Directed by the heartrending cries of the imprisoned people the men plied the axes and tore away protruding scantling and boards, and every now and then some one was taken out and conveyed to the patrol wagons in waiting to convey them to the Receiving Hospital. Thus the work continued until ten had been removed and taken to where willing hand-: were waiting to give them the attention they required. While this was going on there was another horror. It was discovered that the ruins in the upper rear corner had caught fire from the kitchen range, which had been precipitated into the excavation. The already appalled onlookers seemed for a time paralyzed at the sight when they realized that there might still be some people in the building, and if not dead they would be smothered to death. A hundred suggestions were offered as to what the fireman ought to do. Calmly and coolly the officers directed some of their men to attack the burning mass with streams from the chemical engines, while the others continued in the work of res cuing. Pile after pile of wood disappeared, when suddenly there was a cessation of labor. Half a dozen men kneeled and took up the form of a man, bruised, bleeding and covered from head to foot with plaster. He was hurried to a patrol wagon and laid on the stretcher. A physician who clambered on the hub of one of the wheels felt his pulse and told the officer in charge ?• there is life in him still; rush him to the hospital." The police were on hand and had much difficulty in establishing lines to keep back the great crowds that had gathered from all sides to gam a view of the ruins and the work of rescue. It was a lons time until there was order sufficient to enable all who were willing to work to proceed uninterruptedly. Before the firemen arrived the crowd had dug from beneath the ruins on the sidewalk the mangled corpse of an old woman — a mere passer-by who had met death through the criminal economy of those whose business it is to be careful of life. "She is alive," shouted the man nearest the motionless form and his cry was taken up by the thousands who had gathered, more from an indefinable feeling that something terrible had happened rather than from any true knowledge of the ex act condition of affairs. "You are mistaken, my friend," said a white-haired old gentleman vho had joined the rescuers, "she is dead." Then the cry was taken up, and long before the body was clear of the debris the people in that vast throng for blocks around were telling to each other how an old woman had met death. What was worse, she was unknown. No one seemed to know whence she came or whither she was going. But the dead woman was forgotten momentarily at least, in toe mad but earnest desire to rescue the living, if there were any, from ttje mass of smoldering ruins, thirty, yes, forty, feet high, which threatened with each gust of wind to PMCE/fIVE CENTS. TKCE DEAD: JESSE MAY, laborer, of 1162 Market street. JOHN LYON. PEARL WOODWARD. J. HAN SEN. m. a. c. christensen. Cornelius cronin. Thomas malandry. mrs. j. h. Mahler, bessie wilson. MISSING*: CHARLES RIORDAN of Dolores street JOHN MCCARTHY, bricklayer. burst into a seething pile of flames. For tunately at this moment Chief Sullivan, with half a dozen engines at his back, ar rived. A steady flow of water for a few moments sufficed to assure those who still lived within the ruins that if death was to come before they could be rescued, it would not take the form of flame and smoke. Tnen the real work of relief began. .Fully half a thousand determined hands, spurred on by the good-will of thousands, attacked the huge mass of splinters and shattered timbers. The heavy smoke and still heavier steam rising from the incipient lires below half blinded and strangled them at first, but there were lives to be saved, and they stopped for nothing. Timbers flew right and left, and in ten minutes Fifth street resembled closely the remains of the building which had so sud denly mained or killed nearly a score of people. Near the top of the pile were probably a hundred men, many with axes, and all with a tool of some character, seek ing to cut through the roof and ceiling. They knew that death alone did not walk in the shattered structure, for heartrend ing cries, faint, but clear, could be heard. Finally the timbers were cleared away, and Miss Pearl Woodward was lifted from her treacherous position. The multitude