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Delegates Spend the Day
in the Game of Cats
and Dogs.
Tillman's Attempt to Impeach Grover Cleve
land Causes a Most Disgraceful
Bryan of Nebraska Makes the Speech of His Life
in Defending the Silver Plank — Scenes of
Disorder and Confusion During the
Nominating Addresses — Ballot
ing Postponed Until To-day.
The representatives of National Democracy spent to-day iv the delightful game
of rats and dogs.
Tillman of South Carolina 'was the firebrand of the occasion/ He poured vitriol
down the backs of the New York delegation and scored the New York Democracy.
In his most sneering ami sarcastic tones he asked, "Where is New York now ?" and
he was answered by several delegates, "In the soup." This was calculated to re
store harmony in the party. • . -
Tillman repeated his attack upon the Integrity of President Cleveland and was
frequently interrupted with hisses. On more than one occasion the chairman was
obliged to plead with the convention to give the fiery and abusive Southerner a
hearing, livery word uttered by him was a wedge driving the two factions of the
party more and more apart. .
Bryan of Nebraska made the most effective speech of the convention. One of
his utterance* raised a hurricane of applause. That was when he said, speaking
of the laboring man: "You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this
crown of thorns. You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold."
There was an enormous' crowd at the evening session, and the names of
Bland, Boies and Bryan a* they were placed before the convention were greeted
with prolonged cheers and shouts. When the name of Joe Blackburn of Ken
tucky was mentioned there was a great wave of cheering and the band struck up
"My .'Old^Kentucky Home," bringing the South to her feet with a yell and a
waving of hats and flags'.' ' „ '
When the name of Illinois was called that State reported that it had no can
didate. ' New Jersey's chairman replied: "We will nominate no man on the
platform of this convention." The declaration was greeted with hisses.
New York had no candidate. -
It was midnight when John R. McLean was mentioned, but not much en
thnslasm was evoked. Texas, through Bailey, seconded the nomination of
Bland. • '.'.
Joseph L. Bawling of Utah seconded the nomination of Bland. West Virginia
seconded Blackburn. General - Bragg of Wisconsin announced that his State
would not participate in the nomination of any Democrat on a free-silver plat
form. The declaration brought a storm of hisses.
One of the silver delegates announced that Wisconsin would vote for Bland
in November.
This was at 12:25 A. M. and the Democratic ship was fast going to pieces.
Bragg of Wisconsin rose to make some other remarks, but wu hissed down
by the silverites and was not allowed to speak. *
At 12:27 the convention adjourned until 10 o'clock to-morrow morning. .
Disorderly Proceedings Intermln-
Kled With the Bursts of En
July 9. —This his been a day of days in
the history of National political conven
tions. From early morning until late at
night, with v.e exception of a three hours'
intermission, the gigantic Coliseum, the
largest hall in the world, was crowded to
the doors with iuterested and enthusiastic
But great in number as had been the
masses who attended the morning and
afternoon sitting, they were as nothing in
comparison to the tremendous, record
breaking audience that thronged the stu
pendous hall at the evening assembling.
United States Senator Benjamin J^vjan Tiliman of South Garolina, the
fiery delegate Who insisted on the impeachment of Glevte
lar\d b\j the GonVention. Subsequently he Was satisfied
When the GonVention refused to indorse the Administration,
The San Francisco Call.
Such a gathering had never beer seen
at a National convention. Floor and gal
leries formed one great mass of solid hu
Where the narrow ribbons of aisles had
marked the various divisions of the huge
interior there was gathered hundreds, per
haps thousands, of those who could not
find other accommodations. Every chair
was filled, and some idea of the meaning
of this may be gained by the knowledge
that the Coliseum has a seating capacity
of 16.000.
And in addition to the myriads who
choked and crowded every available space
many more, estimated at 5000 in number,
were gathered about the entrances during
the greater part of the evening, tickets in
hand, fruitlessly clamoring for admission.
Like yesterday this has been a day oi re
William (Jennings Bryan, the Editor-Statesman of .Nebraska, Wfto .Made the Greatest Speech of .His Life in Defense of
the Silver Plank, in the Platform, and Vastly Increased .His Chance fop the Presidential .Nomination
by the Divided Demoepacy of the .Nation, .Now in Convention at Chicago.
marfcable demonstrations of enthusiasm,
but the pinnacle of emotional expression
was reached in a scene wonderful in it
present attention, remarkable in its spon
taniety and unprecedented, probably, in
any similar gathering of a political party.
There has been an outburst of en
thusiasm stirring to behold when David B.
Hill finished a great rhetorical effort in
antagonism to the platform presented by
the committee on resolutions; the vast
assemblage had listened to a sensational
speech by Senator Tillman replete in im
passioned expression and in incrimination
of President Cleveland and had showed
approval and disapproval by cheers and
But when William J. Bryan of Nebraska,
handsome, vigorous and magnetic, and
not unlike McKinley in voice, inflection
and facial expression, concluded the effort
of his life in support of the free-coinage
platform, there occurred one of those
scenes which sends the blood coursinir fast
through the veins of even the most passive
spectator and remains fixed in the memory
for a lifetime.
Like the terrible premonitory rumbling
that gives warning of the approach of lv,
--000 cattle stampeded, delegates and spec
tators began the ovation to the young
Nebraskan. And then the volume of
sound grew and grew until it could grow
no more, and enthusiasm went mad as
Bryan, in his passage down the aisle
toward the Nebraska seats, was caught in
the whirlwind of frenzied enthusiasm and
lifted high on the shoulders of delegates.
From floor to gallery the waves of ap
plause swept, and back again from gallery
to floor, and when the shouting, yeiling,
cheering masses fell back exhausted, Wil
liam J. Bryan had been cast into the arena
of Presidential hope as a full-fledged can
didate for his party's nomination.
An attempt on the part of Senator Till
man to have the convention condemn
President Cleveland and ais administra
tive policy had been frustrated by many
protests from Senator Jones and Bryan,
who, though admittedly anti-administra
tion in their views, decried any abuse of
the man who had been twice the choice of
their party.
Senator Tillman, aimonished by the
cheering which gave commendation to the
remarks of Jones and Bryan, withdrew his
At night the candidates for the nomin.i-
Continued on Second rag*.
A Vote Taken Last Night
Would Have Nomi
nated Him.
Congressman Maguire's Opinion
of the Nebraska Repre
Debate on the P'atform Was a Battle
of Giants in Which Bryan
"The Call's" Headquarters, )
Great Northern Hotel, V
Chicago, Hi., July 9.)
Wil'iam J. Bryan of Nebraska is the idol
of the convention to-nii:ht, and if a ballot
is taken before adjournmant he will prob
ably be nominated. The California dele
gation wili cast two-thirds of its vote for
| him.
I know Bryan well, having served with
him in the Fifty-third Congress. He is a
! much abler man than Bland and possesses
ali of the other grand and admirable
qualities of character which have made
Bland distinguished and beloved in public
and in private life.
He, equally with Bland, would be a log
ical candidate on the leading issue of this
campaign and has elements of strength
which Bland does not possess. As against
all other candidates named, I would sup
port Biand. but as 'between Bland and
Bryan, I will vote for Bryan.
A great demonstration has just taken
place for Boies of lowa, who seems to be
the favorite of what are called the- con
servatives. It looks as if the contest may
finally be- reduced to Boies on one side
and either Bland or Bryan on the other.
In that contest the gold men would vote
for Buies, but whether in good faith to se
cure the nomination of the strongest can
didate or to handicap his campaign by
saddling it with the suspicion that he has
sought their aid, it is impossible at this
time to say.
The debate on the platform to-day was
a battle of giants, but the superb bearing,
imoassroned eloquence and: personal mag
netism of Bryan eclipsed them all. HiH
was not at his best, but was grandly elo
quent and impressive. The fiery elo
quence of Tillnian was marred by un
necessary harshness and by unwise, if not
offensive, sectionalism.
At the conclusion of his speech, Senator
Jones of Arkansas felt called upon to state
that with the sectionalism expressed by
Tillman the great body of silver De
mocracy of the West and South had no
The debate was a thing to be remem
oered, but it made no impression upon the
firmly fixed views of the delegates. Both
sides, determined and even stubborn, will
heed no argument until the work which
they came to do has been fully done in ac
cordance with thfir preconceived convic
tions and the wishes of their constitu
After the convention the gold men will
commence to study the silver question.
As predicted the anti-funding biil plank
was adopted by the convention this morn
ing, and the Californians here are corre
spondingly happy to-night
James 6. Maguire.
Mention of His N»me for President
Causes Wild Enthusiasm in
OMAHA, Nbb., July 9— When the news
was flashed over the wire to-night that the
name of W. J. Bryan of Nebraska had
been placed in nomination at Chicago for
President, a shout went np from the great
crowd assembled in front of the World-
Herald building to read the latest news of
the convention.
Republicans, Populists and sound-money
men joined in the enthusiasm. One gray
haired veteran threw iiis hat high in the
air, and this was a signal for a general
At Lincoln, the home of the Nebraska
candidate, the news was received in a
similar manner. Great crowds blocked
the streets until after midnight in the
hope that a ballot might be taken.
The mention of Mr. Bryan's name in
the convention was a great surprise to his
friends here.
Hendwrson Renomlnat«c|,
WATERLOO, lowa, July 9.—Congress
man D. B. Henderson of Dubuque was re
noruinated by acclamation at the Tbird
District Republican Congressional Con
vention to-day. In a speech Henderson
declared the tariff was the leading issue,
and said the Democratic party was trying
to avoid it by raising the cry of silver.
Dana Repudiates Democracy.
NEW YORK, N. V., July 10.— The Sun this morning, in the following editorial,
formally repudiates the National Democratic platform and supports McKinley for the
Southern poverty, encendered by the war, and the common discontent stirred up
to recklessness by the agitation of the past twelve years, have at last blazed into a
demand tor debased coinage and a tax on wealth, and have carried the National Demo*
cratic Convention.
r 'ie Cbicaco platlorm cannot b* accaptad. The Hutted Sines was made Pomo
oratic Aiul It rniiol remain
Free silver coinage would be National dishonor and a monumental anachronism*
Silver has nad its day as the morey standard.
The commerce of civilization which has used as a medium of exchange pretty
much everything from shells to the higher metals has progressed beyond silver. It
haa adapted its-elf to gold and to ,*old it will have to stick until it rinds something
still more convenient.
The silver campaign is based on delusions which have ho justification and on
statements which are not so. It cannot prevail and every sincere believer in fair deal
ing and in business honor as the foundation of commercial prosperity must put aside
all other purposes and unite for its defeat.
From now until the night of election day in November, 1896, the Presidential can
didate of every Democrat who favors honest money and who still hopes to crush the
enemies of the fundamental principles be waa br«d in, should be, without hesitation,
evasion or prejudice, William McKinley.
Convention Leaders Follow
The Advice of Herr
Colonel John P. Irish's Impres
sions of Yesterday's
Enthusiasm of the Old Democracy
When Senator Hill of New
York Spoke.
The Call's Headquarters, )
Gbeat Northern Hotel. >
Chicago, 111., July 9. )
The act of the convention yesterday
leaves no further outrage necessary to ac
complish its purpose, but Governor Evana
of South Carolina, who said in his speech
at Atlanta last fall, 'The South is getting
in the saddle again and will rule the
country," has proposed a further wrong.
He threatens to expel the whole New
York delegation from the conven tion,
and if a motion were made to that effect
it would carry by as large a majority as
that which assassinated Michigan.
That people at home may understand
the latter case let the facts be known. The
credentials committee voted to unseat tha
four Michigan dele gates-at- large. Three
of them were elected by acclamation in
the State Convention, there being no
candidates against them, therefore there
could be no contestants. The fourth waa
elected on a rollcall by a majority of 173.
In the committee Mr. McLaurin of Mis
sissippi moved to expel the first three and
seat in their stead three men who were not
before the Michigan convention at all,
were not nominated therein and not voted
for nor heard of, and to give the fourth,
seat to the man who was beaten by 173
votes. It will be observed that this is the
entry of a National convention into the
State of Michigan iv act as a State conven
tion and create representatives who were
not before the actual State convention at
all. This astounding proposition was jus
tified by Mr. McLaurin on the gound that
he thought the Michigan State Convention
did not properly represent the party in
that State and this National ■convention
had the riyht to create a delegation in line
with what it considered to be party senti
ment there.
This Mississippi view of States' rights
was not too rank for the eminent Mr.
Burke of Los Angeles who ornaments the
credentials committee for our State. Ha
supported it and ii carried in the commit
tee by two to one. The old Democracy
denied the right of a Republican majority
in Congress to elect Spencer as Senator
from Alabama and Kellogg and Pinchback
from Louisiana, when those States by law
ful forms had chosen others. The new
Democracy is that form of Republicanism
against which we defended the South.
After the credentials committee had
made up this report it was not sent to the
convention. The expulsion of Nebraska
was accomplished and the Michigan casa
was taken up again. The committee at
last concluded to assault only four district
delegates and let those at Jarge alone, and
this was its final report. Take now the
one case of Congressmen Weadock and
Fisher in the Fourth Michigan Dis
trict. In the district convention they ran
against each other for delegate. While
the roll was being called, Weadock having
a slight lead, Mr. Fisher moved to suspend
the rollcall and elect Mr. Weadock by ac
clamation. This motion carried, Mr.
Fisher voting for It. The credential!
committee took the seat away from Wead
ock and gave it to Fisher, on whose motion
Weadock had been elected, and the Na
tional Convention ratified this action.
I don't think any comment can bring
this infamy into plainer relief than the
statement that Mr. Burke, the rose of Cali
fornia's expectancy, voted for it in com
mittee and convention. Our delegation
stood eleven for Weadock to six for Fisher,,
That the credit and discredit may fall
where they belong, let the roll be pub
lished. It siood.
Weadock— White, Coleman, Wise, Fitz«

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