SOME FAMOUS SPEECHES BY ORATORS AT NATIONAL CONVENTIONS.
By reason of the very general belief that the nomination of William J. Bryan for
President of the United States by the Democratic National Convention at Chicago was
Jargelv effected by bis famous speech for silver, the subject of National Convention
oratory take? on new Interest. Mr. Bryan is not the first orator who has by well
rounded periods awakened the enthusiasm of delegates. Below are submitted extracts
from various convention orations, including some of the more striking passages of Mr.
I would be presumptuous indeed to present myself against the distinguished gentleman to
Whom you have listened if this were but a measuring of ability; but this is not a contest of
persons. The humblest citizen in ail the land, when clad in the armor of a righteous cause,
ger than all ihe hosts of error that they can bring. I come to speak to you in defense
of a cause as holy as the came of liberty— the cause of humanity. When this debate is con
motton will be mnde to lay upon the table the resolutiou offered in commendation of
the iidmlnMration, an'i aiso the resolution in condemnation of the administration. I shall
... bringinj; this question dowu to the level of persons. The individual is but an atom.
Ho is born, he" acts, he dies. But principles are eternal, and this has been a contest of princi
ples. * • ' * We do not come as aggressors. Our war is not a war of conquest. We are fight
ing tor our homes, our families and prosperity. We have petitioned and our entreaties hive
sregarded. We have be? Red and they have mocked, and our calamities became worse.
We beg no longer. We entreat no more. We petition no more. We defy them.
The gentleman from Wisconsin has said he fears a Robespierre. My friends, in this land of:
the free, you need fear no tyrant who will spring up from among the people. What we need is
an Andrew Jackson to stand, as .iHckson did, against the encroachments of aggrandized
wealth. • • • Having behind us the commercial interests and the laboring interests, and
all the toiling masses, we shall answer their demands for the gold standard by saying to
them. You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns. You shall not
crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.— William J. Bryan at Chicago.
I propose to present to the thoughtful consideration of the convention the name of one
■who, on the field of battle was styled "The Superb," yet won the still nobler renown as a
military Governor, whose first act, when in command of Louisiana and Texas was to salute
motion for adjournment was to prevail,
the crowds, without waiting for the ter
mination of the vote, determined not to
"stand upon the order of their going, bnt
to go at once," and so they began an in
formal and rather tumultuous withdrawal.
The clerk went on with the rollcall and
did not always wait for a reply, but set
down the State as voting "aye," and in
this way the result was arrived at and was
announced as carried in the affirmative.
The chairman then stated, at 9:30 p. m.,
that the convention was adjourned until
10 a. m. to-morrow.
Conference of the Leaders Held,
but an Understanding Is
CHICAGO, 111., July 11.— A conference
on the Vice-Presidential nominee was held
at the Sherman House to-night. Nearly
every State except the gold States was
represented. Governor Stone of Missouri,
Governor Altgeld of Illinois, Senator
Daniel of Virginia and other prominent
leaders were present.
It was nearly 11 o'clock before the meet
ing got under way. The door was care
fully guarded and little leaked out as to
John R. McLean. Governor Matthews,
G # . Fred Williams and Joseph Sibley were
talked of, as were others who have been
mentioned in connection with the second
place on the ticket. The relative streneth
of each man was considered and a mes
sage was sent over to Mr. Bryan to learn
his position in regard to the men most
At 12:30 a. m. no decision had been
reached as to who should be placed in
nomination. The concensus of opinion
was that candidates from the South and
from States east of the Alleghenies were
unavailable. This practically killed the
chances of Sibley and Sewell of Maine,
George Fred Williams and the several can
didates from the South.
The split in the Ohio delegation, which
was divided between John R. McLean and
Allen W. Thurman, made it unlikely that
either of these candidates would be se
Governor Mattnews of Indiana seemed
to stand the test of criticism better than
rr.ost of the other candidates. Governor
Altgeld discussed the qualifications of ex-
Conpressmar Fithian of Illinois and C. K.
Ladd and J. R. Williams of the same
BRYAN IS CONSIDERATE.
In the Event of Election He Will
• Not Be a Candidate for a
■•:■.; Second Term.
CHICAGO, 111., July 10.— William Jen
nings Bryan, the nominee of to-day's con
vention, heard' the news at his rooms in
the Clifton House, and received it without
any apparent show of feeling. His wife
was not present to greet him, for, she wit
nessed the extraordinary demonstration
in the hall that stampeded the convention
to the standard of her husband.
Together with a few friends Mr. Bryan
received bulletins ' that told him of every
move made in the political game being
played at the Coliseum. At this distance,
unmoved by the stirring scenes enacted on
the floor of the convention, Mr. Bryan was
able .to analyze the situation figure
out the. victory that appeared to be within
his grasp at an early hour this morning. y
A party or newspaper men r were the
first to congratulate after the reception of
the bulletin announcing his nomination.
As the men' gathered about him to shake
hands, Mr. Bryan, reached for a .piece of
paper and wrote the following, which he
said was intended for the American peo
ple: . ■ .-' .;■'■•;■•'• •■ < i ■■'
"In order that I may have no ambition
but to discharge faithfully the duties of
the. office, I desire to announce that if
elected, I shall under no circumstances be
a candidate for re-election."
"This is not a sudden resolution on my
part," said Mr. Bryan. "I have had it in
my mind ever since my nomination has
been considered by my friends as a possi
bility. I believe it is a good principle for
me to follow, and l shall live up to it.
The Presidency is the highest honor that
can be bestowed upon any human being
by his country, and . the power placed in
the hands of the President of the United
Slates is so ereat that there "should be no
temptation thrown in his > way to cause
him to use it for his personal advancement.
.''Mr. Cleveland, in bis first letter of.ac
ceptanci?,'set forth the objections to a sec- i
ond term in language -so forcible that it j
cannot be surpassed. President Haves ad- i
vocated an amendment to the constitution
making the chief executive of the United
States , inelieible , for re-election, and a
similar amendment was advocated by
President Andrew Jackson.' .-.'■:
"I desire to express my deep apprecia
tion of the kindness shown to me by other
candidates." My nomination is due to the
peculiar . circumstances which surround
this campaign and not to any superior
merit. ,In ..fact, had the convention con
sjdered who was most deserving the lot
would ' have fallen upon another. Iso j
highly appreciate the ':■' re'sp'oh si bilty.-^ im- J
posed by this nomination that * : I/» have I
avoided making any promises or pledges
to any person."
•After indicating this declaration Mr.
Bryan accepted the congratulations that
were tendered," and in •; a~, few moments it
was apparent that the room would' not
accommodate those who were surging to i
eet in. In response to appeals Mr. Bryan j
took a position in the lobby and for almost
an hour shook; bands 'with £ the crowds as
they passed in line. ; :
?• Mr. . Bryan was forced to say a few
words. He < declared 'he felt Vhig i j ly. hon- j
ored by the convention, but ) asserted that
no words of his ; could add to the work of j
' * InFTnrai^MwAwiMWHiiiiawiitwiftJii ml nil' >»iii win i m
the convention. The convention, however,
was but the beginning, and whether its
action was wise or not could only be de
termined in November next.
It was not for him to say whether the
convention had acted wisely, t>ut it was
his duty and all those who agreed with
him to back up the convention and the
platform and make the election sure. Mr.
Bryan closed bis short but felicitous
speech with an injunction to those pres
ent who believed in the Democratic party
to make it their business to see that its suc
cess was assured this fall.
During the course of the evening Mr.
Bryan was visited by several hundred
people, prominent among whom were
many of the delegates of the convention.
Visiting clubs also called at the hotel
and clamored for a speech from their new
candidate. Mr. Bryan was compelled to
make three short addresses during tbe
evening. One of them was to the Bland
Club of Kansas City, Mo. In his speech
Mr. Bryan complimented Mr. Bland as
the pioneer in the fight for free silver, and
stated that it was his generosity in with
drawing that enabled liim to become the
nomine? of the convention.
Mrs. Bryan held an impromptu reception
In tbe parlors during the evening, quite a
number of ladies of Chicago paying their
respects to her. It is the present pro
pram me of Mr. Bryan to leave th« city to
morrow, accompanied by his wife, and go
to Salem, 111., his old home, where he will
spend a week, at the expiration of which
I time he will go to Lincoln, Nebr., where
he will receive the formal notice of his
Within a few minutes after the nomina
tion was announced telegrams of congratu
lation began to pour into the hotel. They
were from all parts of the country. Among
them were several from Republican and
Populist leaders, especially in the Western
States, all pledging support for Mr. Bryan
in the coming campaign. Among the
telegrams were the following:
SYDNEY, Xebr.— May the Lord, with the as
sistance of the Democrats and Pppulists, in
stall you in the White House next March.
Robert S. Oberfkllkr.
OMAHA. Nebr.— All Nebraskans feel par
donable pride in your nomination and recog
nize the fitness of your selection as the ablest
advocate of the views dominating the conven
tion and embodied in the platform.
John M. Thurstok.
LEBANON, Mo.— Congratulations. Will sup
port you with all my heart.
Richakd P. Bland
LINCOLN, Nkbr. — All Lincoln rejoices.
Whistles blowing and bells ringing and bon
fires burning in pride of your genius, which
rises with the mantle of Jefferson in a play of
oratory unsurpassed in all the ages, and moves
townrd the chair once occupied by him for
whom this city was named. J. H. Broady.
ROCHESTER, N. V.— Congratulations. Na
tional salute being fired here in honor of your
nomination by Democratic committee of
Marion County. You will carry New York
State. People are with you. B. 8. Beau
SAN FRANCISCO, Cal.— The Iroquois State
Leasrue pledges California to you by 20,000
majority. Charles L. Wkller,
DURANGO, Colo. —W. J. Bryan, next
President of the United States: We all
send congratulations and promise the support
of this great Southwest. Whistles blowing,
bells ringing, cannons firing, bands playing
and everything in Durango ago. No such re
joicing ever heard of in this section.
Chairman Populist Convention.
Chairman Democratic Convention.
W. A. Redd,
Chairman Silver Convention.
W. J. Miller,
Chairman Republican Convention.
DENVER, Colo.,— Colorado women^will cast
their votes for you. Hearty congratulations.
Mart Holxak Kinxaidi.
ASPEN, Colo.. —My heartiest congratula
tions. Every one in Aspen is for you. and you
will get 95 per cent of Colorado's vote.
J. M. Dunning.
PORTLAND, Or. — Congratulations. The
young giant of the West will lead the reform
forces of the Union to victory. The story of
David and Goliath will be repeated,
WATERLOO, lowa.— Accept lowa's most
hearty congratulations. She will be with you
in November. Horace Boies.
CHICAGO, lll.— You and the people of our
country have my congratulations upon your
nomination for the' Presidency. My services
at your command, and as our cause is just and
ripht, the Matter will give us victory. Your
friend, J. C. 8. Blackburn.
WASHINGTON, D. C— l am directed by Sen
ator Call to say that you are the unanimous
choice of the real Democrats of Florida.
J. E. ALEXANDER.
ATLANTA, Ga.— l congratulate you most
! heartily. All Georgians will support you
! gladly. W. J. Northern.
i DENVER, Colo.— lf elected will you Rppoint
Senator Teller Secretary of the Treasury?
Hearty congratulations. Coiorado will elect
you. Lansing Warrkn,
Editor Denver Times.
INDIANAPOLIS, Imp.— Accept congratula
tion--. Indiana Democrats will give thefr best
efforts toward your success.
( LAUDE E. MATTHKVo.
KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Every Nebraska citizen,
Republican as well as Democrat, is honored
by your nomination. Accept my congratula
tions - George W. Mercer.
WILD WITH ENTHUSIASM.
Omaha People Suitably Celebrate
the Nomination of the Editor-
OMAHA, Nebr., July 10.— From the
time the convention opened in Chicago
this morning there were crowds at all the
bulletin boards. In front of the World-
Herald office, of which paper Mr. Bryan is
editor, the street was packed with a surg
ing mass of humanity, and bulletins were
posted and announced by men stationed
at different points in front of the building.
As each cain for Bryan caiue in it was
greeted with mighty cheers.
Though not unexpected, when the first
balletion saying "Bryan is nominated"
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SATURDAY, JULY 11, 1896.
the constitution by proclaiming that the military rule shall ever be subservient to the civil
power. The plighted word of a soldier was proved by the acts of a statesman. I nominate one
whose name will suppress all factions, will be alike acceptable to the North and to the
South— a name that will thrill the Republic, a name, if nominated, of a man that will crush,
the last embers of sectional strife, and whose name will be hailed as the dawning of the day of
perpetual brotherhood. With him we can fling away our shields and wage an aggressive war.
We can appeal to the supreme tribunal of the American people against the corruption of the
Republican party and their untola violations of constitutional liberty. With hhn as our
chieftain, the bloody banner of the Republicans will fall from their palsied hands. Oh, my
countrymen, in this supreme moment the destinies of the Republic are at stake and the
liberties of the people are imperiled. The people hang breathes on your deliberation. Take
heed! Make no misstep! I nominate ona who can carry every Southern State, and who can
carry Pennsylvania, Indiana, Connecticut and New York— the soldier statesman, with a record
as stainless as his sword— Win field Scott Hancock of Pennsylvania. If elected he will take his
seat.— Daniel Dougherty, at Cincinnati, 1880.
I have witnessed the extraordinary scenes of this convention with deep solicitude. No
emotion touches my heart more quickly than a sentiment in honor of a great and noble
character. But as I sat on these seats and witnessed these demonstrations it seemed to me you
were a human ocean in a tempest. I have seen the sea lashed into a fury and tossed into a
spray, and it? grandeur moves the soul of the dullest man. But I remember that it is not the
billow*, but the calm level of the sea, from which all heights and depths are measured. When
the storm has passed and the hour of calm settles on the ocean— when sunlight bathes its
smooth surface — then the astronomer takes the level from which he measures all terrestrial
heights and depths. • • • Not here in this brilliant circle, where 15,000 men and women
are assemDled, is the destiny of the Republic to be decreed; not here, where I see the
enthusiastic faces of 756 delegates wailing to cast their votes into the urn ana determine the
choice of the party, but by 4.000,000 RepuDlican firesides, where the thoughtful fathers, with
wives and children about them, with the calm thoughts inspired by love of home and love of
country, with the history of the past, the hopes of the future and the knowledge of the great
men who have adorned and blessed our Nation in days gone by— there God prepares the
verdict that shall aetermine the wisdom of our work to-night. In the silence of deliberation
will this great question be settled.— James A. Garfield, nominating John Sherman at Chicago,
<John R. .McLean of Ohio, Who Will Probably Be .Nominated fop Vice-President by tfoe
Vote of the Silver Democrats.
[Sketched from life in Chicago by J. Kahler of "ThtCaWs" art department.]
came the crowd seemed stunned for a
moment and then went wild, the demon
stration growing and continuing for half
Crowds packed the streets until a late
hour, keeping up the enthusiastic cheer
ing. Since the evening set in there has
been a continuous celebration all over the
city. Stocks of fireworks left over from
the Fourth are being used up, principal
corners are illuminated with red fire, flags
are flying and the whole city is being dec
In all of this demonstration Republicans
and Populists are taking an active part,
and declare that they want to take part
and assist in the ovation which will be
tendered Mr. Bryan when he reaches
To-night in one of the opera-houses a
large meeting was turned into an im
promptu ratification meeting of the nomi
nation, every mention of Bryan's name
bringing forth the pent-up enthusiasm of
the audience. His welcome home will be
by far the largest affair of the kind ever
witnessed in the city.
To-night everybody, without respect to
politics or anything else, is celebrating as
the fancy strikes him. Several Bryan
yells are heard on the streets, and every
body is shaking hands and congratulating
everybody else, whether friend or stran
ger. It is a tribute to Bryan's personal
popularity among all classes, and an ex
pression of gratification at the honor done
one of Omaha's citizens. Nothing ap
proaching or like it has ever been wit
nessed in the city.
IT PLEASES LEWELLING.
Bryan's Nomination Meets the Ap
proval of the Ex-Governor
WICHITA, Kans., July 10.— Ex Gov
ernor Lorenzo D. Le welling of this city,
who is a delegate-at- large to the Populist
convention at St. Louis, is highly pleased
with the nomination of Bryan. In an in
terview with The Call correspondent to
night he said:
"It is probably the best nomination that
could have been made, and I can see no
reason why it should not be eminently
satisfactory to the Populists throughout
the United States. The position he has
maintained on tne silver question and
other questions which are uppermost in
the minds of the people have made him
no uncertain candidate. He represents
many of the ideas for which the Populists
"He is a Western man and knows the
wants of the people of the West, who are
the chief sufferers under the present condi
tions. The platform is more than could
have been expected and all that could have
been desired under the circumstances and
I am personally in favor of the indorse
ment of Mr. Bryan by the St. Louis Popu
"Considering the fact that he is a young
man, that he is Western man, and that he
is the first man who has ever been named
for the high office of President west of the
Mississippi River, I believe his candidacy
will appeal to the votes of the States that
are absolutely necessary for his success in
the coming campaign. His brilliancy and
occasional magnetism make him an ideal
candidate, especially when hi 3 integrity
and personal worth cannot be ques
"It is measures, and not men, for which
we have contended, and if we do not get
all the measures which have been sought,
we will, by the election of Bryan, at least
be able to strike a light by which we shall
see our way clear to the ultimate triumph
of the people over their oppressors.' 1
The ex-Governor has sent his congratu
lations and tender of support to the nomi
GREAT JOY IN NEBRASKA.
Residents of Lincoln Wtll Give
Bryan a Great Reception Upon
LINCOLN, Nebr., July 10.— The enthu
siasm at Chicago and in the Democratic
Convention hall itself could not have been
much greater over the nomination of
Hon. W. J. Bryan for the Presidency than
here at bis home. The result was in a
measure anticipated since yesterday when
his epeech closing the debate on the adop
tion of the platform and the demonstra
tion following almost stampeded t lie con
vention and launched him firmly as a pos
sibility. But with the temper of the dele
gates not well understood at this distance
there was enough of the element of doubt
to keep his friends and supporters on the
tiptoe of expectancy from the time the
convention met until the result of the fate
ful filth ballot was flashed from the wires.
Then Bedlam broke loose.
At the Democratic headquarters on
Eleventh street, in the heart of the busi
ness district, where a crowd running into
the thousands had gathered and remained
since the first bulletins began to arrive,
the effect was magical. "Bryan is nomi
nated" came the word, quickly |followed by
the announcement "by acclamation."
The cheers that followed were deafening.
They swept across the big room, out into
the open, dashed themselves against the
brick walls across the street and rolled
back in echoing reverberation.
The whole city seemed to catch the con
tagion. Republicans shonted as lustily as
Democrats, and Populists vied with their
Prohibition brethren in attempting to
outdo the other in making noise. Every
whistle was set screeching, bells were rung
and the bands played. Five minutes after
the result was officially announced a
parade was formed and the jubilation
began in earnest A big cannon was un
asrthed somewhere and carried bodily into
the public square to be utilized in adding
to the din. No attempt was - made at
speech making, that being reserved for a
When the first burst of enthusiasm had
in a measure subsided preparations were
begun for a more elaborate demonstration
on the return of the Nebraska delegation,
accompanied, it was hoped, by Mr. Bryan
himself. The pent-up feelings of the
people, however, were not allowed to wane
and throughout the evening and far into
the night the sound of marching shouters
was heard. Among all classes of people,
even the more moderate political enemies
of Mr. Bryan, there was a feeling manifest
of mutual congratulation, "It is a great
thing for Lincoln, a marked honor for
Nebraska," was the universal comment,
and this sentiment seemed to find an echo
everywhere. From ail over the State
came messages of congratulation to friends
of the nominee.
On the return of the Nebraska leader it
is proposed to have a State demonstration
in Lincoln which will outshine anything
of a like nature ever held within her
limits. The first step in this direction
will be taken to-night, but, of course, will
be subject to the approval and suggestion
of the delegation on its return from Chi
cago. None of Mr. Bryan's immediate
family are in the city, his wife and three
children accompanying him to Chicago,
and the hundreds who were unaware of
this and who early hastened to the modest
home at Sixteenth and D streets to offer
congratulations were obliged to postpone
the pleasant duty until a later date.
REJOICING IN UTAH.
Both Republicans and Democrats
Unite in Expressing: Joy Over
SALT LAKE, Utah, July 10.— The town
is wild with enthusiasm for Bryan. Can
nons are being fired and fireworks sent up.
General rejoicing, in which Democrats
and Republicans uni*e, is the order.
Ninety-five per cent of the prominent Re
publicans of this city, on being inter
viewed, declare they will support Bryan
and free silver. Judge Goodwin, editor of
the bait Lake Tribune, the leading Re
publican paper of the State, says:
"Bryan is the best man named in the
convention. He will come nearer getting
the indorsement of the Populists, will
come nearer harmonizing all the elements
of the Democratic party than any man
who could have been selected from among
the names which went before the conven
tion, and I believe be will be elected. I
believe he will carry every State west of
the Allegheny Mountains."
OGDEN, Utah. July 10*— Ogden City
and Northern Utah have gone absolutely |
wild with enthusiasm at the nomination
of Bryan fnr President. When the an
nouncement came from the wires the
enormous crowds which were gathered in
front of the telegraph office broke out
with cheer after cheer. The entire city is
awake to-night and meetings are being
held to Drepare for the grandest ratifica
tion meeting ever held in the State. Re
ports from all over the State indicate that
Bryan is the man of all men for Utah cit
izens, regardless of party. All the little
towns are enthusiastic in their demonstra
tions, and the coming few days will usher
in one grand continuous ratification of the
youthful candidate from Nebraska.
Enthusiastic Sliverltes Already Fig
ure Out Majorities for the
DENVER, Colo.. July 10.— The nomina
tion of Bryan was a general surprise to
Colorado, and while the great crowds ba_
The el ection before us will be the Ansterlitz of American politics. It will decide whether
for years to come the country will be Republican or Cossack. ••"••« Never defeated in war
or in peace, his name is the most illustrious borne by any living man; his services attest his
greatness, and the country knows them by heart. His fame was born not alone of things writ
ten and said, but of the arduous groatness of things done, and dangers and emergencies will
search in vain in the future, as they have searched in vain in the past, for any other on whom
the Nation leaus with such confidence and trust. • * • Never having had a policy to enforce
against the will of the people, he never betrayed a cause or a friend, and the people will never
betray or desert him. Vilified and reviled, aspersed by numberless Dresses, not in
other lands, but in his own, the assaults upon him have strengthened and seasoned his hold
upon the public heart. The ammunition of calumny has all been exploded, the powder has all
been burned once, its power is expended, and Grant's name will glitter as a bright and imper
ishable star in the diadem of the Republic when those who have tried to tarnish it will have
moldered in forgotten graves and their memories and epitaphs have vanished utterly.
Never elated by success, never depressed by adversity, he has ever, in peace and in war,. shown
the very genius of common sense.— Roscoe Conkling, nominating U. S. Grant, 1880.
The Republicans of the United States demand a man who knows that prosperity andire-
Bumption, when they come, must come together; that when they come they will come hand in
hand through the golden harvest fields; hand in hand by the whirling spindles and the turn
ing wheels; hand in hand past the open furnace doors; hand in hand by the flaming forges;
hand in hand by the chimneys filled with eager fire— greeted and grasped by th» countless
sons of toil. • • • Like an armed warrior, like a plumed knight. James G. Blame marched
down the halls of the American Congress ana threw his shining lance rail and fair against
the brazen foreheads of the defamers of his country and the maligners of his honor. For the
Republican party to desert this gallant leader now is as though an army should desert their
leader upon the Held of battle. • • • Gentlemen of the convention, in the name of the
great Republic, the only Republic that ever existed upon this earth; in the name of all her
defenders and of all her supporters; in the name of all her soldiers living; in the name of all
her soldiers dead upon the field of battle, and in the name of those who perished in the
skeleton clutch of famine at Andersonville and Libby, whose suffering* she so vividly remem
bers—lllinois—lllinois nominates for the next President of this country that prince of par
liamentarians, that leader of leaders, James G. Blame.—C olonel Ingeraoll nominating' Blaine
fore the bulletin boards cheered the nomi
nee the more conservative wanted to know
something about the man before commit
ting themselves. A few hours later the
Denver public had satisfied themselves of
his silver record, and they now talk of
majorities for him ranging from 25,000 to
85,000 votes. A classmate of Bryan in
Union College Law School practicing here
states that fearlessness and loyalty to prin
ciples are his leading characteristic traits.
"It will now be a contest of the people
against money," said D. H. Moffat, presi
ident of the First National Bank. "I am
glad that they have named a candidate
whose personal character is beyond re
proach and whose life has been clean.
Although a Republican I can vote for him,
and Colorado will, of course, give him a
Governor Mclntyre, Republican, says:
"Bryan is magnetic and he will put plenty
of enthusiasm in the campaign. His silver
record will elect him."
Nearly every town in the State to-night
is celebrating the nomination by out-of
Democrats, Populists and Bolting
Republicans Applaud the
LOS ANGELES, Cal., July 10.— The
nomination of Bryan at Chicago to-day
seems to give great satisfaction to the rank
and rile of Democrats in this city, but
what is somewhat surprising is that Popu
lists and bimetallists are equally delighted
with the nomination and ao not hesitate
to express the opinion that Bryan will re
ceive the indorsement of their parties at
St. Louis on the 22d inst.
A Call correspondent met Hons. Enoch
Pepper and J. T. Savage, both Popnlistic-
Bilver leaders, soon after the announce
ment of Bryan's nomination, and asked
them what they thought of it. Pepper
"It is a capital nomination, from the
standpoint of Populists and free-silver
men. Bryan is an able and aggressive
young man and one of the first and most
eloquent defenders of the white metal.
Support him? Of course I can, with
heart and soul."
Mr. Savage, who listened to these re
marks, added : "Yes, Bryan is really a
Populist anyway, and will without doubt
get the St. Louis indorsement."
Colonel John R. Berry, delegate-at-large
to the bimetallists' convention at St.
Louis, said: "It is the best thing Demo
crats could have done. Bryan is an able
and courageous champion of the white
metal and will unquestionably be indorsed
by the free-silver men at St. Louis. While
I was sure he would be acceptable to the
bimetallists I am surprised to learn that
both wings of the Populists here are for
the silver-tongued orator of the Platte."
Hubbard and Love, silver men ana dele
gates to the bimetallist convention, are
delighted with Bryan's nomination.
PORTLAND, Or., July 10.— The news of
Bryan's nomination was hailed by bul
letin-board crowds with manifestations of
joy, and the concensus of opinion among
Democrats is that he is the "ideal candi
date." Napoleon Davis, secretary of the
Democratic State Central Committee, said
to a United Press representative to-night:
"In my opinion no nomination has ever
been made by the Democratic party that
will give such universal satisfaction to the
rank and file of the Democracy as that of
W. J. Bryan, and especially to the
younger members of the party. Already
here in Oregon there is an evidence of
enthusiasm that has never been called
forth by the nomination of any other can
didate. Young men of all parties agree
that Bryan is an ideal candidate and a
man who, if elected to the position for
which he has been nominated, would
recognize the young men of the Nation as
no other man has ever done."
"While the Democracy of Oregon is dis
appointed in that ex-Governor Pennoyer
did not receive the nomination, it feels
that it could not have fallen to any other
man more acceptable than Bryan as a sec
RENO, Nkv., July 10.— The nomination
of Bryan was received with general satis
faction by Democrats and silver men of
Reno. The booming of guns to-night be
cause of the nomination showed their ap
The Silver party members here seem to
be a unit in a demand that their National
Convention indorse Bryan's nominatiou.
J. B. McCulloueh, chairman of the Popu
list State Central Committee and one of
the delegates to the National Convention,
stated to a correspondent this evening
that the nomination of Brvan was even
more satisfactory to him than if Teller
had been named, and he would use every
effort for his indorsement by the Populist
George Peckham, Populist candidate for
\Governor at the last general election;
Hon. Benjamin Curler, late candidate for
District Judge; William Thompson and
B. F. Curler, delegates to the Populist
National Convention ; J. M. McCormack
and other prominent Populists are loud in
tdeir advocacy of Bryan's cause.
SEATTLE, Wash., July 10.— Three dele
gates — Richard Winsor, Colonel J. H.
Todd and E. \V. Way— to the National
Populist Convention, this afternoon, upon
the announcement of Bryan's nomination
sent the nominee this telegram, which
was signed also by eight other leading
Pooulists of Western Washington:
Populist friends send congratulations and
city wild with delight
Hon. John Wiley, Colonel George G-
Lyon, ex- Mayor Harry White and other
boUinc Republicans wired as follows:
Seattle friends send congratulations. Wash
ington is yours.
Bryan's nomination appears to have
. been received throughout the entire State
with marked satisfaction on the part ot
the Democrats. This is especially trae of
Seattle, where the applause and demon
strations following the announcement
were vigorous and hearty. Leading Popu
lists and bolting silver Republicans almost
to a man expressed their approval of the
result, and openly declare that they believe.
Bryan will either be indorsed or nom
inated outright at St. Louis.
PHCENIX, Ariz., July NX— When the
news cf Bryan's nomination was an
nounced, the general verdict of the silver
ites was that an ideal candidate bad been,
selected. He is liked more than Bland.
Populists, silver men and Democrats all'
favor Bryan, who last spring won their
hearts in an impassioned silver speech.
Of the «ix candidates presented Bryan*
was by all odds the choice of the people
of this city. Phcenix will ratify to-morrow
night with the biggest demonstration ever
given in the Territory.
SAN JOSE, Cal., July 10.— The People's
Party Club of this city is opposed to the
National Convention, which meets in St.
Louis, indorsing the Democratic candidate
for President. Last evening the club
adopted the followine resolution.
Resolved, That it is the sense of thistrtub that
we are unalterably opposed to the indorse
ment of any Democrat for President of the
United States, as such action would be equiva
lent to indorsing the inconsistent stand of the
Democratic party on all great political-ques
BAKERSPIELD, Cal., July 10v— The
Democrats here received the nomination
of Bryan with great enthusiasm. They
held a ratification meeting with music,
fireworks and speeches by prominent
Democrats to-night. A number of men
who have been leaders in the Populist
movement have declared that they are
going back into the old party ranks again.
WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN.
Sketch of the Life of the Nebraska
Statesman Nominated for
History has repeated itself in the in
stance of the nomination by the Demo
cratic National Convention of William
Jennings Bryan of Nebraska for President
of the United States. Sixteen years ago in
a Republican National Convention James
A. Garfield made a speech nominating
John Sherman of Ohio. The cheering del
egates forgot Sherman and, charmed by
eloquence, named the gifted orator, Gar
lield, the standard-bearer of the party.
Thursday morning the nomination of
Richard Parks Bland for President by the
Democratic National Convention seemed
to be a foregone conclusion. Bryan was
hardly mentioned as a dark horse. Thurs
day the "Black Eagle of Nebraska,"- as ha
is called at home, addressed the Chicago
convention, and his eloquence carried him
at once from a place in the ranks to the
top of the wave of popularity and stam
peded the delegates in his favor. He was
not an active candidate prior to Thursday;
not one shouted for him on that morning,
but that night the whole convention
shouted "Bryan." The candidate is ten
years younger than Grant was when ha,
ran for President the first time. William
J. Bryan is only 36 years of age. He hasi
been championing the cause of free silver,
for the last fifteen years.
William Jennings Bryan was born in/
Salem, 111., March 19, 1860. He was grad-.
uated from Illinois College at Jacksonville
in 1881. To make his way through the.
Union College of Law at Chicago he,
worked in Lyman Trumbull's law office
and became a favorite with that distin
From his earliest years' he had a fancy
for public speaking, which developed his
oratorical powers. In 1880 he won second
prize as the representative of Illinois Col
lege in the State collegiate oratorical con
test. He was valedictorian of his college
class and came within one vote of being
elected to the position in the law school.
From 1880 he spoke in political campaigns.
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Success in such a case is absolute proof
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Sale continued until further notice.
We'll make it more spicy with a lioeral
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the others at
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