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DISINTEGRATION IS CERTAIN, Democrats Unable to Stem tke Tide of Coming Disruption. WHITNEY CONCEDES HIS DEFEAT. Administration Men Display a Partisanship That Goes Unchecked. CLEVELAND SECRETLY KNIFING STEVENSON. Struggles of Leaders Will Only Result a a Rout and a Victory for McKinley. CHICAGO, 111;, Jane — The prog ress of disintegration in the Demo cratic party continues. Xi • Secretary Whitney will be here on Thursday, to prepare the way for the formation of a solid square by the gold men. While he has not abandoned hope, he virtu ally concedes that the nomination of a silver candidate on a silver platform ■will mean the disruption and rout of the Democratic party and the election of William McKinley. Members of President Cleveland's ad ministration are displaying a partisan ship which does not seem to be of fensive to Mr. Cleveland. National Comptroller Eckels is here in the in terest of sound money. It is believed that Cleveland, through his friends, is secretly knifing the aspirations of Vice- President Stevenson. Bland and Boies are the only candi dates in the field worthy of mention. Bland is the logical candidate of the silver men, and his strength is increas ing hourly. Prominent Democratic sound-money newspapers all over' the country are saying that never has the Democratic party been confronted with so grave a crisis since the party went to pieces on the slavery question in 1860. ' Hugh Wallace of Tacoina denies that there is any plan on foot to buy the conversion of silver delegates. JOH3T PAUL COSOBAVK. SEAND MEN HOPEFUL But There Are Already Twenty-One ' Candidates In the Scattered Field. CHICAGO, 111., June 29.— While Farmer Bland is toiling on his ranch in Missouri his boom for the Presidential nomination by the Chicago convention is growing apace. In fact the advertising balloon was sent up from th* Auditorium tower to-day, and lithographs of the silver sage were scattered over the city. Headquar ters have been permanently established, and the booming of guns for "Silver Diclr" will be heard with the arrival of Governor Stone and party to-morrow morning. The I Bland men are confident that they will succeed in having their candidate nom inated by tne convention. So certain are they of success that the} 7 are serenely in different to the aspirations of other candi date?, excepting probably Boies, who is regarded as the most formidable. Thus far, however, Boies has not shown much strength apart from his own State. The delegation from lowa is naturally for him first, last and all the time, out of course there are others. There are twenty-one candidates in the field for the nomination up to date, and how many more will appear at the Coli seum next wt ek the good Lord only knows. | The Chronicle, the only Democratic ! newspaper in Chicago, is very much ! alarmed ever the situation. It is an honest money paper, and, therefore, can not stomach the silver pill. Its comment j Is ominous. Says the Chronicle: "Not since 1860 has the National Demo cratic party been confronted with so grave a crisis in its affairs as at present. Thirty six years ago the organization went to pieces on the slavery question. It will undoubtedly require very discreet and in telligent management to prevent a serious split on themoney issue in the convention to be held in this city next week. The convention promises to be one of the most interesting political gatherings in the history of this country. It is believed that the crowds in atlendance will, in point of numbers, surpass anything before known. The forerunners of the various I Presidential candidates are already on the j ground, and it is said tbat before the end of this week the hotels will be severely taxed to provide accommodations for the tnousands of delegates and visitors. "So far little attention has been given to the claims of candidates for the Presi dential nomination. Interest has chiefly centered in the fight over tbe financial question, and it was not until that had been settled, apparently in favor of the free silver forces, that the talk about can didates began to be heard. It is signifi cant that of the 926 delegates who will compose the convention only 256 have been instructed as to Presidential prefer ences by the States which appointed them. There are therefore 670 delegates, or more than two-thirds of the whole number, who are uninstructed as to can didates for President. It is said that the records of political parties in the United States may be searched in vain to find a situation parallel to this." Hugh C. Wallace of Tacoma, National Committeeman from Washington, a young man with a large opinion of himself, and a son-in-law of Chief Justice Fuller of the United States Supreme Court, blew into town late last night. He came from New York, where he has been doing missionary i work for the gold men. Wallace is sn en- ; iast. He has promised to deliver to | tiey tbe entire Washington (telega- j Nile it is common knowledge that ! •crats of that State are at daggers' the financial question. The .8 east of the Cascade Mountains The San Francisco Call. are pretty generally united for silver, while the Puget Sound voters will gladly submit to injections of gold. Consequently tne critics of Wallace say he will be un able to deliver to Whitney et al. the goods he has contracted for. In justice to Wal lace it may be said that he is an Eastern man and migrated to Washington in boom days, became a real-estate operator at Tacoma and gathered in a few shekels on tbe rise in values. His sympathies are with the gold standard, however, and he is man enough to declare himself. He says: "The talk about Eastern capitalists com ing out here to buy silver delegates for sound money is all bosh. There will be no attempt to coerce nor will there be any unfair means used. There will be a host of strong, earnest Democrats from the East and other localities, many of them of National prominence and leadership, come to Chicago, who hope to dissuade the silver leaders from party suicide. They . will show conclusively that the adoption of a 16 to 1 platform by the con vention means practically annihilation of the Democracy of New York, Connecticnt and New Jersey. There are those who be lieve these States have been the bulwarks of Democracy in the past and are essential in the future. "Should the convention adopt a 16 to 1 platform and nominate a silver candidate, it will not be thirty days before the issue is clearly defined and reduced to 'Panic vs. No Panic,' with the result that the combined business interests of the coun try will array themselves against that candidate whose election means a panic. No party has ever succeeded with the business interest against it. It is a long time between now and election, and the wage-earners of the country will have abundant opportunity to elect whether their wages shall be paid in 50-cent dol lars." Frank McGuirk. DISRUPTION IS CERTAIN. Democracy Will Surely Be Foun dered on Silver Rocks and Republicans Will Win. CHICAGO, 111., June 29.— There is no added bustle in Chicago to-day by reason of the fact that a Democratic convention will be held in this city next week. Only a few of the scouts of the sound-money men sent hither to spy out the land have put in an appearance as yet, and the Palmer House presents only its wonted appearance with, the gentlemen from the South and East and West and North sit ting around in the chairs and speculating as to whether Jones would not have added more largely to his income by putting an other story on his nineteen-storygsky scraper. The only symptom that something out of the way is in progress is the presence of a Jarge mimoerof desperate footpads and burglars. During the last four liights in numerable burglaries have been com ' mitted. Peaceable citizens have been stood up at the revolver's point on the public highway and robbed, and daring the same period saloons have been entered as early as 10 o'clock at night by from two to four armed men and tne proprietors have been forced to deliver up to them the contents of the till. Last night, for in stance, four men attacked a saloon-keeper, who was seriously shot by the robbers. An hour or so later a man trying to break into a freightcar was shot dead by a night } watchman. Even as I write three men j drive up in a wagon to the American Ex ! press Company across the way. One of them has a valise handcuffed to his right wrist. The grip may contain a thousand dollars in currency or it may contain a million. The two men who walk on each side of him are Pinkerton guards. Each has a revolver in his right hand pants pocket with his right hand clutch ing the handle ready for action on the in itant. These and other extraordinary precautions to guard money and other property have been made necessary by the presence of a large body of criminals gathered here from all parts of the coun try for the purpose of plunder. They have been attracted by the immense crowds 'that will be here next week, and it is cx i pected that gold bricks will find a ready j market among the silver farmers of the j South and West. Everything political here is in a state of | suspense, and we are listening to the tick- I ing over the wires of news from New York, the headquarters of the sound money forces. No move will be made until Thnrs- day, when Whitney and a contingent from New York will be on the ground. The Democratic National administration favors sound money and has already sent its couriers here to spy out the land. It is understood that President Cleveland is more than ordinarily interested in the financial plank, and that the administra tion officers who are here and who have been here came with his assent. A day or two ago First Assistant Postmaster Gen eral Frank Jones and Charles Tracy came here from New York ana left again a few hours iater. They were to lay a wire or two on behalf of sound money and kept their movements secret. Another representative of the adminis tration is J. H. Eckels, National Comp troller at Washington. He will remain here until the close of the session of the convention and has not the slightest fear of "offensive partisanship" or its punish ment by the mugwumpery. Comptroller Eckels is a small, light-built man, with sandy hair and brows and pale blue eyes. He dresses her* in a sack suit of gray, topped with a stiff-brimmed straw hat, I asked him to-day as to the status of the sound money fight, and he replied that the "gold element," as he termed it, would make the best fight possible. The over whelming numbers of the silverites did not worry Mr. Eckels a bit. He was con fident, he said, that the sound money ad vocates would be able to show such a condition of things that they would secure a hearine, and that if they got that there was a chance that they might make many converts. Eastern Democrats, he added, deplored the fact that there should be discord in the party, especially this year, when the prospects were brilliant for the carrying of New York State by the Democracy, and they feel very forely that there is danger that these hopes may be dissipated. New York cannot be carried on a silver plat form. Of that he is positive. The work ing people of that State very generally were arrayed against the position taken by the silver men. He emphasized this statement by adding his opinion that the SAN FRANCISCO, TUESDAY MORNING, JUNE 30, 1896. BOIES FIRES A BROADSIDE ON THE VIEWS OF WHITNEY, silver proposition would receive less sup port from the working people than from any other class. That was the case also in the tariff fight. The greatest gains made by the Democracy on the tariff reform proposition were made by the laboring classes and not among the farmers of the country. The working people in the cities and towns, Mr. Eckels observed, read the daily papers, and thus kept themselves in formed as to current events. Not so with the farming population, who receive their political education from the country weeklies. The metropolitan press, which is the educator of the laboring people, is largely against the free coinage of silver. With regard to the probable action of the sound-money Democrats in case of the adoption of the 16 to 1 free coinage plat form, Mr. Eckels said tnat tie did not think any of the gold men would bolt the convention. He did not believe that the proposition had been discussed. What ever had been said on that subject had been said by the silver men and not by the gold men. "The East will not be carried for a sil ver platform," he continued. "The people of the manufacturing centers be lieve in a stable monetary standard. They want a good dollar. The East, more than the West, is in a position to see the effect upon the business interests of this coun try, which are related to foreign business interests, of changes in tbe stability of the currency. There is no such thing as having an independent commercial and financial system for any country unless you can inclose it within a Chinese wall." In reply to a question as to whether the tariff would not be an important factor in the campaign Comptroller Eckels said that the tariff question would not cut much of a figure in the contest. The currency plank would be the all-absorbing one. When I asked about the reported candi dacy of Vice-President Stevenson for the Presidency Mr. Eckels said that he had not heard Mr. Stevenson's name connected with any nomination in the gift of the people. By the way, it is whispered that these gentlemen of the administration who are just now absent from their posts by per mission of tne President have a wary eye upon Mr. Stevenson's chances, and that they will not strain any tendons in work ing for Mr. Stevenson's success. In fact, the only things strained in the matter are said to be the relations between President Cleveland and Vice-President Stevenson. Mr. Boies and other representatives of the silver wing of the Democratic party do not agree with Mr. Eckels. Mr. Boies says flatly that, with the exception of the Wall street influence, the great mass of the Democratic party in the Eastern States will be unanimous in favor of the restora tion of silver to its original position as pri mary money. Mr. Boies expressed this opinion; "Personally I believe Webster and many others of the most eminent of American statesmen in the past were right in their conclusion that the constitution of the United States, fairly construed, requires of Congress that it shall by law pro vide for the coinage of both goid and silver as standard money — that it can Continued on Second Page. HON. RICHARD PARKS BLAND, WHO IS URGED AS A PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE BY ENTHUSIASTIC DEMOCRATS OF MISSOURI. From the outset of his public career Congressman Bland of Missouri has been the champion of cheap and plentiful money in •very form, and for many years has been the recognized leader in the House of Representatives of the free-silver wing. Mr. Bland is essentially a s*lf-made man. He was born near Hartford, Ohio County, Ky., August 19, 1835. Orphaned at an early age, he worked during the summer months in order to obtain means with which to attend school in the winter, and thus acquired an aca demic education. He then studied law and was admitted to che bar. In 1855 he removed to Missouri and then to California, Subsequently he settled in Virginia City, Nev., where he became interested in mining operations. Returning to Missouri in 1865, he eventually drifted to Lebanon, in that State, and while practicing Jaw there was elected to Congress as a Democrat in 18 73. He has since been regularly re-elected. He introduced in the Forty-fourth Congress the well-known "Bland bill," which provided that the Secretary of the Treasury should purchase sufficient bullion to coin the minimum amount of $"2,000,000 a month in silver dollars of 412}£ grains each, and that these doilars should be legal tender. He also introduced in the Fifty-third Congress the "Seigniorage bill,' 1 which was passed by Congresa but was vetoed by the President. Whatever else may be said of Mr. Bland's legislative career, it is certain that he reflects faithfully the wishes and the opinions of his constituents. Personally he has his cause much at heart, conceiving himself to be the champion of the debtor class and a crusader against what he calls a wicked con spiracy of the bankers and the "goidbugs." Redhot Silver Shot for the Ex-Secretary to Digest. CAN'T BETRAY A TRUST. No Pledged Delegate Will Dare to Disregard the Party Principles. EVILS OF THE GOLD STANDARD. "Let Disruption ConW Says the lowa Statesman, "if Urju-t Law Must Be Undone." WATERLOO, lowa, June 29.—jtfx-Gov ernor Boies returned this afternoon from his Grundy County farm, where he went immediately on his return from Illinois. When asked if he intended going to Chi cago soon he replied that he had not de termined whether he would attend the convention or not. "At any rate," he said, "I do not know of any reason which should call me to Chi cago tnis week." He further stated that he had made no arrangements for going to Chicago at any time during the convention. As to what were his plans for the campaign he did not care to say anything. This evening Mr. Boies met Judge Van Wagenen, who was on 1 is way to Chicago, and accompanied him to Manchester. Judge Van Wagenen is Mr. Boies' alter nate as delegate at lar -c, and is also in charge of the Boies bureau in Chicago. Neither party would talk when questioned in regard to the situation, but Mr. Boies said that the object of their meeting was to talk matters over as to what was best to be done at Chicago. During Governor Boies' absence in Grundy County the interview with Wil liam C. Whitney was published, and on his return his attention was called to a telegram from the New York Herald ask ing his opinion in regard to the assertions made in it. He wired his reply to-night as follows: Mr. Whitnej is entirely right in his conclusion tb;-t there is no disposition on the part of those who will represent the silver sentiment of the -iouth and West in the Chicago convention to further discuss the matter at issue dfitfa men whose views are diametrically onro."> 4 ' to their own on the currency question, lie is entirely cor rect in his conclusion that it is now too late to accomplish any practical results by a riiscusßion of tbat character. Through out the South and West that discussion has been extended, and the views ex pressed by Mr. Whitney have been put forward by many men who entertained them and they have been fully consid ered and weighed, and after all of this the judgment of an overwhelming majority of the party in these sections is in evidence by the class of delegates who have been chosen to represent it in the Chicago con vention. Not one of these men can now disregard the known sentiment of those who selected him without betraying the trust confided to him, and not one of them, in my judgment, will eyer do so. Mr. Whitney is entirely wrong in as suming that free-silver Democrats are for saking the fundamental principles of Democracy, or that what he terms sound money Democrats are defending these principles in their endeavor to commit their party to gold monometallism. Until the Republican party met in St. Louis a few days since there was never a line writ ten in a National platform of either of the great parties tbat justifies the claim that the one or the other of these parties was committed to that doctrine. Over and over again the Democratic party, in National Convention assembled, has put itself on record in the clearest and most comprehensive language possible to use in favor of bimetallism, in favor of the restoration of silver to its place in our financial system as standard money, and never for a moment in the Congress of the United States has a majority or any thing like a majority of the representa tives of that party wavered in its devotion to the principle so ciearly enunciated in the party platforms. To assume now that adherence to that principle is abandon ment of an established doctrine of that party is to defy history and ignore the most plainly written of all its declarations of policy. It is useless to claim that a tender of the good offices of the party to secure an international agreement for the free coinage of silver is the fulfillment of its pledges so often made in this respect. To the sincere believer in bimetallism for the United States an effort of this character ip little if anything less than an unqualified violation of a sacred pledge by a great political organization. If this is all that Mr. Whitney and those who think with him can offer it will be vastly better that they offer nothing. When Mr. Whit ney says tlai the maintenance of our present gold standard is essential to the preservation of our National credit and re demption of our public pledges he ignores a great truth of which he cannot be ig norant. He knows there is not a single obligation of this Nation outstanding to day that by its terms is payable in gold alone, and he knows that rieht upon the face of the great bulk of the bonds of the Government it is written in substance that they are payable in coin of the United States of the standard weight and fineness ofits coins before silver was demonetized, and that therefore by their own express terms they are payable in our present sil ver dollars, if the Government elects to so pay them. It ia since the most of these obligations were issued that silver has been demonetized; whereby, if they are to be paid in gold alone, their value has been doubled and the burden of the great industrial class, who must pro vide for their payment, has been in creased twofold. To talk about a viola tion of National honor when no party in the Nation has ever suggested its failure in the least degree to meet every obliga tion it has assumed acoording to the strict letter of the contract it made has, McKINLEY'S WARM WELCOME to say the least, a strange sound to those who heed the universal cry of distress oc casioned as they believe by doubling the purchasing power of money and cutting in twain the market price of the products of labor. If to undo what law has done to add to the burdens of the toiling millions of this Nation and double the fortunes of the rich within it is to disrupt the Demo cratic party, disruption must come. The majority of the party threatens no wrong to any one, and if those who compose that majority can avoid it all may be assured they will submit to no wrong, such as the permanent establishment of a single gold standard would impose upon the great mass of the people of this Nation. Horace Boies. WHARTON BARKER'S IDEAS Says Whitney's Threatened Bolt Will Not Swerve the Purpose of True Leaders. PHILADELPHIA. Pa., June 29.— Wharton Barker, who has announced a candidate for the nomination of the Presi dency, gives to the press the following statement: "If I read the signs of the times aright, Mr. Whitney's threatened bolt will not swerve the purpose of the true leaders of the Democratic party ; of those men who are patriots, not partisans, who have the welfare of the producing classes at heart, and who revolt at the prospect of con tinned subserviency to the money cliques. "The fall in prices that is sapping the wealth of our producing classes, that is bankrupting our manufacturers, ruining our farmers and reducing our wage-earn ine classes to poverty must be checked and it can only be checked by removing the cause. That cause is the appreciation of gold consequent on discarding silver and throwing on gold alone the burden of ef fecting the exchanges of the western world and to check this appreciation we must restore silver to its place as money, side by side with gold. "If the Democrats are wise, if they will adopt a platform and nominate a candi date who will be a platform in himself, who stands for the restoration of silver to its place for money, for financial and in dustrial as well as political independence as opposed to subserviency to foreign money cliques and their American allies, such candidate will receive the enthusias tic support of bimetallists of both parties, and will be chosen by the people as tbeir leader by ai: overwhelming majority, for the bolt in the Democratic party will be in finitely small compared to the great num ber of Populists and birretallists — hereto fore Republicans — who will loyally and enthusiastically support such a candidate. If the leaders of the Democratic party at Chicago will act so as to unite the bimetal lists of all parties — Democrats, Populists and Republicans — Major McKinley and the money clique v.iil, 1 repeat, be over whelmingly defeated." STRENGTH OF SILVER MEN Six Hundred and Seven Delegates to the Convention Pledged for White Metal. CHICAGO, 111., June 29.— Senator Jones, in giving out an estimate of the strength of the silver delegates of the con vention this evening, said he had made a list of 607 who are pledged to vote for the white metal. He claimed, in addition to these, about thirty or forty others, who are in favor of silver, but who, owing to instructions from State conventions, are unable to work direct with the silver men. The National Democratic Committee will meet Monday to select the temporary officers of the convention. Among the names suggested for the temporary chairmanship are those of Senator Hill of New York, Senator Vilas of Wisconsin, Senator Gray of Delaware and Hugh C. Wallace of Washington. Sena tor .Tories said he thought the silver men would accept the recommendation that Hill be made temporary chairman of the convention. "I believe Senator Hill is a fair man," Mr. Jones said, "and I would have, abso lute confidence in hi? ability, justice.and impartiality as a presiding officer. If he is selected I think there will be no attempt by the convention to take this appoint ment out of tbe hands of the National Committee." Tbe name of ex-Governor Pennoyer of Oregon is to be presented to the National Democratic Convention as the choice of the Western State for the Presidential nomination. John Mullinix and John R. Welch, both of Portland, arrived in the city to-day to take part in the meeting of the Bimetallic League and during the afternoon they devoted their time to sounding the praises of their can didate. Dr. Mullinix said in case they are unsuccessful in securing the nomina tion of Mr. Pennoyer they will cheerfully support any free-silver candidate the con vention may name. ENGLAND'S FOREIGN TROUBLES. Chamberlain and Curxon Make State ment* in the. Commons. LONDON, Ekg., June 29.— 1n the House of Commons this afternoon the Ri^ht Hon. Joseph Chamberlain, Secretary of State for the Colonies, stated that a bat taiion of rifles had been ordered to Cape town to replace the troops which had been ordered to proceed to Mashonaland. Right Hon. George N. Curzon, Parlia mentary Secretary to the Foreign Office, said that no recent communication had been received from Venezuela relative to the disputed boundary. Communications, be said, were being exchanged between the United States and France in regard to the abrogation of the treaty with Madagascar. The Government had not been advised that the United States had given up its position in the matter. The position of the United States and that of England, he said, were identical, although there was no concerted action of the two Govern ments. Pacific Coa*t Pensions. WASHINGTON, D. C, June 29.—Pa cific Coast pensions have been issued as follows: California: Original— George E. Love joy, Petaluma; Frederick Marquardt, San Francisco. Original widow — Marguerite Welch, San Francisco. Mexican War survivor — Reissue and increase, Andrew Simmons, San Francisco. Washington : Original (special June 20)— William M. Wright, Tacoma. PRICE FIVE CENTS. Visit of the Notification Committee to the Nominee. REJOICING AT CANTON BY THE PEOPLE. Thurston Tells Why the Ohio Statesman Is Chosen as Standard-Bearer. SINGING WORDS IN WHICH THE HONOR IS ACCEPTED. Protection to American Industries and Preservation of the Nation's Credit Promised. CANTON, Ohio, June 29.— The commit tee, consisting of one member from each State and Territory, selected at the St. Louis Convention to convey to Major Mc- Kinley official notification of his nomina tion, arrived in Canton on a special train from Cleveland at 11:30 o'clock this morn ing. It was met at the station by the re ception committee, and driven in open carriages to Major McKinley's residence, accompanied by mounted escorts. The preparations at Major McKinley's were simple. Seventy - five chairs had been placed on the front lawn under the trees facing the bouse. Major McKinley received the members of the committee on the veranda. The streets about the house were filled with men, women and children. The crowd surged in at the gates and pressed close upon the chairs. Senator Thurstou arose and, addressing McKinley, announced to niru that he was the choice of the National Repulican Con vention for President. He predicted the overwhelming victory of the Republican party. Senator Thurston said: Governor McKinley : We are here to perform the pleasant duty assigned us by the Republi can National Convention recently assembled in St. Louis, that of formally notifying you of your nomination as the candidate of the Re publican party for the Presidency. We respectfully request your acceptance of this nomination and your approval of the declaration of principles adopted by the con* vention. We assure you that you are the unanimous choice of a united party, and your candidacy will t>e immediately accepted by the country as an absolute guaranty of Republican suc cess. Your nomination has been made in obedience to a popular demand, attesting the affection and confidence of the olain people of the United States. By common consent you are their champion. Their mighty uprising in your behalt emphasizes the sincerity of their conversion to the cardinal princi ples of protection and reciprocity, as best exemplified in that splendid act which justly bears your name. Under it this Nation advanced to the very culmination of prosperity; a prosperity shared in by all sections, all interests and all classes; by capi tal and labor, by producer and consumer; a prosperity so happily in harmony with the genius of popular government tnat its choicest blessings were most widely distributed among the lowliest toilers and the humblest homes. In 1892 your countrymen, unmindful of your solemn warnings, returned that party to power which reiterated its everlasting opposi tion to a protective tariff and demanded the repeal of the McKinley act. They sowed the wind; they reaped the whirl wind. The sufferings and losses and disasters to the American people from years of Demociatic tariff are vastly greater than those which came to them from four years of civil war. Out ot it all one great good remains: Those who scorned your counsels witnessed the fulfilment of your prophecies, and even ns the scourged and re pentant Israelites abjured their stupid idols and resumed unquestioning allegiance to Moses and to Moses 1 God, so now your country men, shamed of their errors, turn to you and to those glorious principles for which you stand, in the full belief that your candidacy and the Republican platform mean that the end of the wilderness has come and the prom ised land of American prosperity is again to them an insured inneritance. But your nomination mtans more than the indorsement of a protective tariff, of reci procity, of sound money and of honest finance, for all of which you have so steadfastly stood. It means an indorsement of your heroic youth, your fruitful years of arduous public service, your sterling patriotism, your stalwart Americanism, your Christian character and the purity, fidelity and simplicity of your pri vate life. In all these things you are the typi cal American, for all these things you are the chosen leader of the people. God give you strength to so bear the honors and meet the duties of that great office for which you are now nominated and to which you will be elected, that your election will en hance the dignity and power and glory of thi« republic and for the safety, welfare and happi ness of its liberty-loving people. McKinley responded as follows: Senator Thurston and gentlemen of the notl. ' fleation committee of the Republican Na tional Convention: To be selected as its Presidential candidate by a great party con vention representing so vast a number of the people oi Die United States is a most distin guished honor tor which i would not conceal my high appreciation, although deeply sensi ble of the great responsibilities of the trust and my inability to bear them without the generous and constant support of my fellow countrymen. Great as is the honor con ferred, equally arduous and important Is the duty imposed, and in accepting the one I as sume the other, relying upon tne patriotic de votion of the people to the best interests of our beloved country aud the sustaining care and aid of Him without whose support all we do is empty and vain. Should the people ratify the choice of the great convention for which you speak, my only aim will be to promote the public good, which in America is always the good of the greatest number, the honor of our country and the welfare of the people. The questions to be settled in the National contest this year are as serious and Important as any of the great governmental problems that have confronted us in the past quarter of a century. They command our sober judg ment and a settlement free from partisan prejudice and passion, beneficial to ourselves and befitting the honor and grandeur of the Republic. They touch every interest of our common country. Our industrial supremacy, our productive capacity, our business and com mercial proFperity, our labor and its rewards, cur National credit and our currency, our proud financial honor and our splendid free citizenship— the birthright of every American —are all involved in the pending campaign, and thus every home in the land is directly