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VOLUME LXXX- NO. 33.
SUBMERGES DEMOCRACY. Silver's Ground Swell Is Bearing Down Upon Chicago. GOLD MEN RESIST IT. Bitter Factional War Will Be Fought to a Finish When New Yorkers Arrive. THERE'LL BE NO COMPROMISE. White.Metal Champions to Rule Even if the Party Is Split on the Rock of Discord. "Th« Call's" Headquarters, 1 The Auditorium. V ; - Chicago, July 2. ) A silver ground-swell is bearing down on Chicago. It threatens to submerge the Democratic party and leave intact only that portion of it that stands for the white metal. The gold men are fighting harder than ever, and when the reserve force from New York reaches here by special train to morrow afternoon this bitter factional war will be fought to a finish on the lines already mapped out, even if, in the lan guage of the silent general, it takes all summer. There are only four days intervening be fore the date on which the Democratic braves of the country will gather in Na tional conclave at the Coliseum. Up to two weeks ago the great issue was the platform, and the gravest point the char acter of the currency plank. All other questions were overshadowed. Candi dates were not considered, the more com plex problem being whether the conven tion would declare for sold alone as a monetary standard or whether it would speak out boldly for the free coinage of both gold and silver at the ratio of 16 to L The developments of last week have set tled the question. The platform of the Democratic convention is already written. It will declare for the free and unlimited use of silver as money. There will be no compromise. The silver men are masters of the situation. They will run things next week to suit themselves, even if the party should forever split on the rock of i financial discord. The plan of certain silverites is to hold a big caucus on Monday next. This move ment originated with the Bland mana gers. They believe that their candidate would stand a better show before such a gathering than he would in a convention where a two-third rule governs. Governor Stone of Missouri is pushing this proposi tion and has the support of Governor Alt geld and the Illinois delegation, but the , Wharton Barker, a Noted Philadelphia Banker and Editor of the "American," Who Is a Silver Candidate for the Democratic 1 residential Nomination. Boies contingent does not take kindly to it, and there are others who think it would be better to have the convention as a whole 3elect a candidate. Th*y hold that in this way they will be able to soothe the ruffled temperament of the sold men, who would otherwise sulk in the harness and probably openly rebel against the dictation of the solid South and West. The disposition of the Boies people to go before the convention is probably encouraged to some extent by the belief that they will draw considerable force from the Eastern States. In fact the rumor was in circulation about the head quarters of the different candidates to-day that New York would in the event of not being able to secure a gold man at the head of the ticket throw its 72 votes for Boies. The Bland men were very much alarmed over this rumor and consequently are working with renewed energy to have the caucus plan carried into effect. It is doubtful if the other candidates apart from Bland would agree to such a bargain, as they realize that their chances would be very much better before the general gathering. J. W. Farras, who is the original Bland boon>er, and also the personal representa tive of the Missouri farmer, and who first nominated Biand for Congress in 1872, told me that be did not thinic the New The San Francisco Call York; delegation would accept Boies as tbeir candidate any quicker than they would Bland. "It should be a matte? of indifference to New York who the convention will select as its candidate," says Mr. Farras, "since he will stand upon a silver platform, while the Empire State is solid for gold. Of course, if New York has decided to throw its seventy-two Totes for Boies, it would give him about 140 votes on the first ballot, and eventually he might get the nomina tion. But I am not prepared to say that the story is true. It came to us from an unsolicited quarter. Anyway, we are not worrying very much about our candidate. He is leading in the race now, and we are hopeful of nominating him." It is generally believed that Altgeld has thrown the influence of Illinois to Bland. His many secret conferences with Gov ernor Stone would lead the onlooker to such a conclusion, since the former has all along held aloof from the managers of any particular candidate. Chairman Furgeson of New Mexico called at the Bland head quarters to-day and said that his delega tion vras for the Missoarian. Alabama was also counted to the credit of "Silver Dick" by the young man who makes up the returns at the headquarters. Judge W. H. Barnes and Wiiey £. Jones, delegates from Arizona, who had just arrived in the city, say that the delegatiou leans toward Bland, but any candidate will be accept able as long as the platform declares for silver. Judge Barnes is an old-time resi dent of Illinois. He was appointed to the jndgeship in Arizona under the first Cleveland administration, and has sine* been a resident of that Territory. Judge Barnes is after the scalp of William C. Whitney of New York. "I just want to meet that fellow Whit ney," said Judne Barnes. "I just war.t to meet that fellow," said the Arizona Judge, as he quaffed a few paragraphs of red liquor in the cafe of the Auditorium annex to-night, "and I wili make him swallow his insulting language about the South and the West combining to repudi ate the National debt. I want to tell him to his teeth that the people of tl-.e South Continued on Fifth Page. SAN FRANCISCO, FRIDAY MORNING, JULY 3, 1896. THE DEMOCRATIC SCRIMMAGE— ANYBODY'S BALL. WILL NOT SUPPORT MAJOR M'KINLEY. Most Sensational Manifesto Issued by Minnesota Republicans. THEY CRY FOR SILVER. View With Alarm Attempts to Fasten Upon the Nation a Single Standard. PUT FAITH IN BIMETALLISM. Claim That the Fundamental Doctrine of the Party Was Repudiated at St. Louis. 8T. PAUU Minw,, Jnly 2.— The most sensational manifesto in Minnesota's his tory was that issued this afternoon by the silver Republicans, who refuse to support McKinley for President, dough for Gov ernor or any of the Republican candidates for Congress. The prominence of the men signing it attracts widespread attention. Among them are Lieutenant -Governor Frank Q. Day, Congressman Charles A. Towne, ex-Coagressman John Lind, State Senators Morgan, San born, Howard and Smith. The address is issued to the Re publicans of Minnesota and says: The greatest Issue which has arisen In this country since the abolition of slavery now con fronts the American people. The common poo- Senator leorgc Giabam Vest of Mi- souri, Who Will Labor for Silver in the Councils of liis Party at Chicago. pie have viewed with increasing alarm the effort of a foreign money aristocracy to fasten upon this Nation the single gold standard of value. In the past they turned with the in spiration of faith to the Republican party for protection against that power which seeks to strike down one-half the redemption money of the world that the other half may purchase double the amount of products of toil. They had' a rich t to expect such protection. From. the day: of the ■ party's ivlrth until the present time no article of KftpuiJiican - faith has been more pronounced tnnn the belief In bimetallism. , It has been written in its plat forms and taught by all Its great leaders.,. In the National Convention in 1868 it con demned "the policy of the Democratic admin istration in its efforts to demonetize silver." ' ■ In 1892, in its platform adopted at Minne apolis, it declared in favor of icolci and silver as standard money. In 1894 the Republican party of Minnesota reaffirmed Its belief in bimetallism. The action of the National Republican Con vention at St. Lonis has repudiated a funda mental doctrine oi our party, t'ne single gold standard has been indorsed. The Republican party no longer stands for both <?old andsUver as primary money, but for sold only. We can not accept the new faith and vro will hold steadfastly to the old. The policy of gold monometallism means prolonged and intensi fied depression ; an endless and hopeless era of falling prices for our farmers and other pro ducers; continued uncertainty of employ ment lor our womingmen, with lessening wages following the fall in prices of the prod ucts of labor; discouragement of all enter pri-vs and in tne end universal bankruptcy and gravitation of all money into the hands of money brokers. Everyfman who places country above party and whose sympathies are with the producers as aj-ainst the money brokers and bondholders o»ves a duty to his conscience aad to his coun try which can only be discharged by putting forth every effort in his power that the slight of the single gold standard may not be fast ened upon this people. England's Sugar Srunty. LONDON, Esq., July 2.— ln the House of Commons to-day Rizht Hon. George N. Curzon, .Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, stated in a reply to a ques tion by Sir Charles Vincent that the Gov ernment was not disposed to take the in itiative steps toward the abolition of the sugar bounty system. Action on the Land Bill. LONDON, Eng., July 2.- The Irish land bill passed its third reading in the House of Commons to-day by a vote of 292 to 140. ON THE WAY TO THE CONVENTION. Action of the California Delegation on the Train. TAKING AFFAIRS EASY. Discussion of the Platform and Candidates Postponed for One Day. HARRY WISE AND THE TARIFF Congressman Maguire Says Tarpey and Dwyer Are Talked Of for National Ccmmitteeman. WELLS. Nev., July 2.— This has been a quiet day with the delegation. The dis cussion of platform and candidates was postponed by common consent until to morrow. The chairmanship of the dele gation, National Committeemen and com mittee assignments will not be considered until we reach Chicago. Tarpey and Dwyer are most talked of for member of the Na tional Committee. Harry Wise is trying hard to convince us that a tariff on raw wool should be made a part of the Democratic platform, but we persist in loosing at the question from the standpoint of the people who wear woolen goods. He is not discouraged, however, and will present the matter to the committee on platform. Ex-Congressman Caminetti was last night elected as a delegate to represent the Second Congressional District, neither Mr. Rector, the delegate, nor Mr. Dono hue, the alternate, being able to attend. The Nevada delegates were expected to meet us at Reno, but they left for Chicago on another train. The trip is hot and dusty. James G. Maguire. BLUE KIVER FLOOD. One Person Drourned and a Large dum- ber . Made Homeless. BEATRICE, Nkbb., July 2.— The Blue River, as a result ot the heavy rainfall of yesterday morning, has reached the dan ger stage, and is within a foot of the high water mark of 1892. Residents of the west side were obliged to vacate their homes, and during the night men in boats were at work rescuing those who could not get away. Dana Slee.th was drowned. This is the only fatality so far as known. At Wymore twenty-five families are homeless, water surrounding their houses, which are flooded. The water is thought to be receding, and train service to the north, which was abandoned last night, will be soon resumed. In the farming districts crops are submerged and some livestock drowned. Hilkfbarre Men Discourage*. WILKESBARRE, Pa., July 2.— Affairs at the Twin shaft this morning were no better. The shift that went down at 2 a- m. returned to the surface at 9 o'clock and reported very little progress. Not over forty feet of debris was moved since 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon. All hope cf finding any of th c men alive is gone. GOLD DEMOCRATS DRIVEN OUT Beaten at Chicago They Will Not Support the Silver Nominee. DETERMINED TO UNITE AND VOTE FOR McKINLEY. Bland Not Conservative Enough to Please the Desperate Federal Brigade. ALTGELD WILL NOT BE CHAIRMAM OF THE CONVENTION. The Illinois Governor and Dictator of the Solid Silver Element Induced to Curb His Ambitions Because of a Rabid Record. No new or startling developments have been noted up to midnight in the political situation. Boss Altgeld has given ordera that the work of the conven tion shall be rushed through in one day if possible. He fears that delay may give the enemy time to muddle the financial issue, and aa this is a silver convention, with no Democratic principles to be reaffirmed or pointed to with pride, the job might as well be done with one sweep of the knife. In view of the scandal which might be caused by the selection of Altgeld v chairman of the convention, the Governor of Illinois has accedVd to the request of the Governor of Missouri and has withdrawn. He will content himself on the floor of the convention in directing the plans laid by him and hi* friends. The gold men are to be assisted by Federal officials from Washington, and If they cannot succeed in nominating a inure conservative man than Blnnd they will vote for the Republican candidate. JOHN PAUL COSGRAVK. "Thb Caix's" Heatjqpabtebs, ) The Auditorium, > Chicago, July 2.) The Democratic party is like the hero in a political opera bouff c. The old Greek adage, "Whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad," needs an addition in their case of the word ludicrous. The Democ racy is not only mad, but even funny. In the desperate straits to which it has been driven it has cut loose from its old-time moorings and is drifting on the silver seas toward breakers in the misty unknown. Democratic principles have vanished from discussion. They appear neither on the stage nor behind the scenes. In fact, it has ceased to be a Democratic convention. It is a convention of siiver ites pure and simple. An old-time Demo crat surveyed the crowd in the Palmer House to-day, listened to the extempo raneous debates, looked up and down and around the room as though he had missed something, and, turning to a bystander, inquired with a bewildered air: "Where is the Democratic party? I don't see any body here but silver men and Populists and cranks. I thought tie silver men and Populists were going to meet in St. Louis on July 22." Then the old man, shaking his bead and squirting some tobacco juice on the boot of a gentleman trotn North Carolina, walked out of the hotel. No wonder that the old man felt lost in that crowd. While the vase has been shattered, the scent of Democracy does not hang around it still by any means. It is apparent now, and it is not contradicted, that the silver men have captured the National Demo cratic organization, and that they propose to conduct it in their own interests with out reference to those principles which made the Democracy one of the stable parties of this great Nation. Anarchist Altgeld raised the black flag with the death-head and croas-bones this morning in Springfield, to which place he had gone after having laid the mines and set the electric wires with Governor Stone of Missouri for the destruction of the Democratic party and the resurrection from its ashes of a silver phenix. The Governor said that the silver men wanted a one-day convention, and that he was of the opinion that a one-day convention would be all that would be required to ex plode the mine. He and his friends did not wish to take the risk of a delay, ad vantage of which might be taken by the gold men to muddle the platform and to hamper trie adoption of an out-and-out 16 to 1 free-coinage plank. This is a sufficient intimation to all par ties concerned that the silver programme has been completed, and that the work of the convention will be rushed through in one or two days at most. There was only one erasure on the slate as originally pre pared by Altgeld and Stone, and that was the wiping out of Aitgeld's name as chair man of the convention. It was found that Aitgeld's record was so loud that the De mocracy or the new party to which it has given birth would not be able to run a good race with Altgeld astride of its neck. The leading Democrats, many of whom were personal Iriends of the Governor of Illinois, called upon him and succeeded in persuading him to relinquish the honor? of the chairmanship. This was a very difficult task, and the gentlemen who accomplished the feat are being warmly complimented upon their success, for it is easier to pet to heaven than to persuade Altgeld to change his mind or to be politi cally decent. The saying is abroad that if Governor Altgeld saw anything to dis please him in the appearance of Peter he would hurl defiance into the teeth of the venerable doorkeeper and would go around the back way and climb over the wall. The men who are in the minority — those who are opposed to the free coinage of silver— have given up all hope and are PRICE FIVE CENTS. "THE CALL'S" HKA DQTT ARTERB, > THE AUDITORIUM, 5 CHICAGO, 111 , July 3. ) now sharpening their knives upon the grindstone of revenge. They declare sub rosa that if they cannot win the fight they will do everything possible to prevent the silver cause from triumphing next No vember. It is understood that they would be favorable to the nomination of Vice- President Stevenson for the Presidency because it is said that his veto could be re lied upon to stand between the gold men and their enemies. In the contingency that they should not be able to procure the nomination of Mr. Stevenson or some other candidate equally acceptable to them they will do all in their power to prevent any re-enforcements from joining the Democratic party, and with this end in view their agents have been already at work among the Populists for the purpose of preventing any fusion between the two parties. Teller of Colorado would be acceptable to the Populists because he would not be in the camp of either of the two great parties. But the gold men have taken pains to insure the defeat of Teller before this convention, and this was not a hard matter to accomplish, because the argu ment "to the Democrats belong the spoils" has apnealed irresistibly to the great bulk of delegates out of a political job. A straight Democrat will be nominated, and there is every indication to believe that one will be silver Dick Bland of Mis souri. In that event the Populists will put up Teller of Colorado, and in this they will be assisted by the gold men, or they will nominate some well-known Pop ulist. The gold men prefer that Teller should be the nominee, because he would be able more successfully to divide the silver vote than any other man now above the political horizon. Even if a Populist should be chosen as the standard- bearer of the third party he wonld swing away from the Democracy the vote of the Pop ulists who are committed in their national platform to bimetallism. In either event the ranks of the silver iti-s will be wedged in two. As the canse now stands it is simply a matter of the supremacy of brains and superior organi zation. The gold men having succeeded in dividing the enemy according to the ancient rule of war, "divide and conquer," will throw their influence for McKinley and protection and will join the conser vative sound-money army now marching under the banner of Republicanism to vic tory and to the prosperity of every man, woman and child in the Nation. Presi dent Cleveland, the head of the Demo cratic party next to Governor Altgeld and the logical exponent of its so-called glor ious principles, has not yet spoken his mind as to the beauty of Democracy in tnis its most trying hour since the stormy days of 1860. He has gone into ambush at Gray Gables and will appear upon the scene of public life as soon as the smoke of the convention has been blown away Take Take the best np|_^ D/^*-»4- -when you bny £ *\Q OSSX Medicine. 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