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Dark Horses Find Favor
With the Divided
"Silver Dick" Bland Sacrificed Upon the
Altar of the Wrecked Bourbon
And Now the Dissenters Are Demanding a
Convention of Their Own to Choose
"Sound - Money" . Nominees for
President and Vice-President.
The Silver wing of the Democratic convention to-day nominated
Arthur Sewall of Maine for the Vice-Presidency, completely ignoring
Bland who was put up as a candidate and who should have been
nominated by acclamation, as a delegate remarked.
Prominent Democratic newspapers are bolting the party every
day and are demanding a sound money convention to represent the
opinions of the Mast.
There is no doubt that such a convention will be called and that
sound money nominees for President and Vice- President will be
placed in the field. The more candidates the merrier for good
Democratic Follow tfye <New
York. Sun and the Herald in Rally
ing to «MeK,inleys Standard.
SYRACUSE, N. T., July 11.— The Syracuse Courier In an editorial to-day de
clines to support Bryan on a platform so un-Democratic as that adopted at Chicago.
BOSTON, Mass., July 11 — The Globe (Democratic), after speaking in warm
terms of the personal character and natural abilities of the Democratic nominee
for President, says: "The Globe is not, however, prepared at this time to support
Candidate Bryan. It does not approve of the platform."
The Herald (Independent) aayi i The Chicago convention has adopted a plat
form which antagonizes the honesty aud intelligence of the American, and
which, if it should find expression on the statute-book, would mean the debase
ment or the currency, the prostration of business and degradation of the Na
tional honor. On the other hand, the Republican party has openly and posi
tively taken up its position for the maintenance of the gofd standard, and has
placed at the head of the ticket a man who, measured from an honest money
point of view, is greatly safer and sounder than the Democratic nominee. Until
the contest in decided, our voice shall be raised and our influence given for the
election of McKinley to the Presidency.
HARTFORD, Conn., July 11 — The Times, the leading Democratic paper In
the State, to-day bolts the Chicago nomination in a double-leaded editorial.
NEW YORK, N. V., July 11.-The Dally News this evening announces editor
ially that it will heartily support William Jennings Bryan for President.
The Irish American, which has for nearly fifty yean upheld the Democratic
party, repudiates the Chicago convention and its nominee.
BUFFALO, N. V., July 11.— The Buffalo Demokrat, the leading German
Democratic paper of Western New York, announces that it cannot consistently
support the ticket nominated by the Chicago convention.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn., July 11.— The Evening Farmer, one of the oldest Dem
ocratic paper* in the State, announces this evening its refusal to support the Dem
ocratic platform or the ticket nominated at Chicago.
DAYTON, Ohio, July 11.-The Morning rimes, the leading Democratic paper
of this city, has the following editorial: Thi« paper is for sound money and has
no use for a 54-cent dollar. It insists upon a dollar which Is good in every civil
ized country on the globe ; a dollar that is recognized as a dollar wherever
American people go the world over. It is regretful that the Times cannot support
Mr. Bryan, but it cannot. It is not the man but the principle that actuates
this paper.
The Yolks Zeltung, the leading German paper of the connty and a Democratic
organ, also repudiates the Democratic National platform and ticket.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. f July 11.-The Evening Pout (D.) says That the ticket
named at Chicago will be beaten, is as certain as the sun shines to-day In old
Kentucky. Secession, revolutionary tactics, anarchy, Tillmauism and free sil
ver can never be the watchwords of Democracy.
TRENTON, N. J., July 11.-The True American, the Democratic organ of
New Jersey, is bitter in its comments concerning the platform and will not sup
port the men upon it.
MEMPHIS, Term., July 11.-The Evening Scimitar declares it cannot con
•latently support the Chicago ticket and will not do so. It says It » does not
recognize as a Democratic National Convention a body largely composed of
delegates elected by the aid of the Populists, or not elected at all, but seated
by the brute force of a re.ckless mnd intolerant majority. ",
NEW YORK, N. V.. July 11. -Following the Sun in Its unequivocal bolt of the
Democratic nominee and platform, th H ( raid, Time*, World and Staats Zeltung
have announced their repudiation of the Chicago platform and candidate.
Other papers which have bolted are: The Philadelphia Record and the Times;
the Baltimore Sun and ttvmflig Times; the Louisville Courier-Journal, Post and
Anzieger; the Richmond Times; St. Paul Globe; Brooklyn Eagle; Lewi.ton (Me.)
Sun and the Buffalo Express.
CHICAGO, 111., July 11.— The Demo
cratic National Convention close'ii up its
ticket this afternoon and adjourned sine
die soon after 3 o'clock. It selected as its
candidate for Vice-Presideni the veteran
shipowner and shipbuilder, Arthur
Sewall of Maine, for many years chair
man of tbe Democratic State Committee
of that State. This result was not
reached without a struggle. The same
number of ballots were required to make
it as to make the nomination for Presi
dent, viz: Sixteen candidates were placed
in nomination and were voted for with or
without their consent. All but four
quickly dropped out of sight. They were
Bland, Sibley, McLean and Sewail. After
the first ballot a movement wus started
(chiefly at the instigation of Governor
Altgeld or Illinois) to throw the nomina
tion to Bland of Missouri— "Silver Dick"
Bland, as bib sponsor, Senator Vt.it,
■\^>v 7^-^__ « *VC
I dubbed him. The Missouri delegation
kept out of the movement at first, but re
served the vot*, intending to cast it for
| Bla* J . at a stage if there waR a probability
i of tL^reby turning the scale in his favor.
TLis did not happen on the second bal
; lot, and Missouri voted for other candi
, dates; but on the third ballot Missouri
! presented Bland's name, explaining that
I it did so without authority from him and
i awaited results. They were not encourag
i ing. Mr. Blana received about fifty votes
j fewer on the third ballot, with bis deiega
j tion supporting him, than he did on the
j second ballot, when they voted for other
candidates, t pon this showing. Governor
Stone promptly withdrew Mr. Biand's
name. Mr. Sibley of Pennsylvania started
in with a rush, receiving 163 votes on the
first ballot, but lost fifty votes ou the sec
ond and was withdrawn by a telegram ad
dressed to Hon. Amos Cumuiings of New
.HO.N. JIRT«HU)R, SEWJILL of .Maine, Wfto .Has Been .Nominated for Vice-Ppesiclent of the United States by the
Free Silver Wing of the Democratic Party.
[This picture it from a photograph furnished to "The Call" by a personal friend of Mr. Sewall. It is a good lilzcnct* of that gentleman as he appear* at present.]
York before the third ballot could be
taken, though he still retained scattering
Mr. McLean's name was not formally
placed in nomination, bnt was brought
before tbe convention by the Ohio delega
tion voting for him. Starting with 111
votes he ran up to 296 on the fourth bal
lot, and then the chairman of the Ohio
delegation read a telegram from him
stating that all votes cast for him were
cast against his expressed wish and with
out his authority. Although the chairman
of the Ohio delegation qualified this decla
ration by saying it was the voice of Mr.
McLean and not that of the delegation,
the convention listened to Mr. McLean
and he passed out.
Arthur .Sewall of Maine, though present
in the city as a member of the National
Democratic Committee and in the con
vention just before receiving his nom
ination, and though for many years
chairman of the Democratic SUte Com
mittee of Maine, was personally known to
few members on tbe floor. He was placed
in nomination by a delegate from the
distant State of California, who gave no
personal details as to the candidate. The
seconder of Mr. Sewall, Mr. Thomas of
Colorado, addei little to the information
possessed by the convention except that
he testified to Mr. Bewall's business ability
as a shipbuilder, railroad president and
bank president.
On the first ballot Mr. Sewall mceived
100 votes. On the second these dropped
down to 37. They jumped up a^ain to 97
on the third ballot. After the withdrawal
of Bland and Bibley he reached second
place on the fourtii ballot, standine 261 to
McLean's 296, and was nominated unani
mously on the fifth baliot. There was
nothing more then for the convention to
do bnt to pass the customary votes oi
thanks and adjourn. It did so in compar
ative silence.
C'oslnar Scenes In the Convention
During: the Balloting for
V ce-President.
July 11.— There was a very marked falling
off in the attendance at the Coliseum on
this, the fifth morning of the Democratic
National Convention. The sections as
signed to delegates showed rows upon
rows of empty chairs, but all signal-poles
of the States were in their proper position,
including tLe "bad-er" of "Wisconsin
which General Bragg had complained of
last night as having been stolen during
the sreat racket of the Bryan nomination,
and as having been trained in the cortege
Continued on Second Page,
Democracy's Dissolution Is
Predicted in Novem
ber Next.
Bland's Cruel Treatment at the
Hands of the Crank
Eastern Editors Suggest the Calling
of Another National Con
The Call's Headquarters, J
Gbeat Northern Hotel. V
Chicago, 111., Juiy 11. J
Be it remembered that in the year of
electricity, 1896, the good ship National
Democracy sailed upon the blue waters of
Lnke*Micuigan, commanded by First Mate
Altgeld, with Jonaun Moat steward, and
Stone of Missouri second mate. It is
recorded , also, in the book of Political
Doom, printed at Salt River, that on the
9th day of July of that year was heard the
Dleiiting of a Kid on the lonely shore, the
voice whereof was so sweet and uttered so
much music, that the good ship was hove
to, the anchor let down with a run, the
ship's small boat manned with two sailors
from Idaho and sent to the beach. The
Kid was taken from the bleak shore to the
•hip's cabin, where it was placed in Mate
Altgeid's bed and fed by Steward Most
until it began again to cry out most
This Kid was from Nebraska, and its
nleat bad so much of sweetness and such
a silvery tone that it became a great favor
ite, and was put in charge of the helm to
steer the old ship through the golden
breakers that threatened its destruction
every moment. Verily it had been an un
lucky year for the vessel, for Captain
Cleveland had been thrown overboard by
the superstitious sailors because he carce
very near wrecking the ship on the gold
reef called Wall street, wherefore the ad
vent of the Kid was looked upon as a good
A short time before they beard the bleat
ing of the Nebraska Kid the sailors had
seen two old farmers on the shore, who
hailed the vessel, because they wished to
voyage to their homes beyond the other
side of the lake. One was Farmer Bland
of the tribe of Missouri, and his voice was
so seductive that all who heard it called
him Silver Dick. The other was Farmer
Boies of the tribe of lowa, a man oi great
honesty, but he had come on his toes and
on his bands, and did not turn up his
pants at the bottom and keep a crease in
them. So the sailors heeded liim not, be
cause they feared he might be a Jonah, in
case of an unexpected rain in London.
Now, when the voices of the bleating
Kid. and Silver Dick were heard they were
so much alike in tone that the sailors
could not decide between them and they
almost came to blows, so fierce wus the
contention. Observing that the Kid had
a habit of sticking out first one of its fore
paws and then kicking the brains out of
the air with a hind foot, the sailors de
clared that the Kid was a tragedian and
that it could play the leading part in the
new play, "The Last Days of Democracy,"
and the Kid became the idol of the ship.
Now, it happened that in the month of
November of the same year a violent
storm called public sentiment raged, and
the old ship, weakened by many a perilous
voyage and topheayy by reason of having
thrown overboard all her ballast and good
people, foundered and sank to the bottom,
the last thing heard being the Kid's
Bat jus< as all the crew were about to be
drowned — some floating on free- trade frag
ments of the ship's hencoops and others
on pieces of wreckage— the stanch ship
Republicanism, built in 1861 and com
manded by Major McKlnley, sailed by
that way and saved most of the unfortu
nate sailors from death.
The crank convention finished its work
to-day in the cranky manner that was ex
pected. It had slapped the face of its
champion, Bland, on the day before, and
when his friends, hoping that it would
have the magnanimity and gratitude to
give him the second place on the ticket
that the champion might accompany the
cause, placed his name before the conven
tion mob to-day, it not only again slapped
his face, but kicked him under the coat
The defection in the leading newspapers
of the party is ominous. They are drop
ping off every day, some of them advising
their readers to support the Republican
nominees and others advising a sound
money Democratic convention and ticket.
Dana and tue New York Sun were obliged
to desert this bogus Democracy. Then
followed the Brooklyn Eagle, the Rich
mond Times, the Chicago Staats-Zeitung,
the Chicago Chronicle and a host of other
Democratic newspapers, which have been
forced to bolt the party because their sub
scribers demanded such action. No news
paper can afford to fly in the faces of the
people who subscribe for and advertise in
it, and when a Democratic paper bolts its
party it is an evidence that the Democrats
who support it have also bolted the party.
The Richmond (Va.) Times (D.) says
this morning:
"Onr worst fears have not only been
realized, but new and horrible doctrines
have been added to the Chicago platform
which cannot possibly bind a Democrat
who is unwilling to abandon the funda
mental principles of his party."
The fact that the delegates of New York,
Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Massachusetts
and other sound-money States did not
vote, but remained silent and inactive in
their seats can have but one interpreta
tion, and that is that the sound- money
Democrats, unable to support the B. and
8. Populistic tonic of silver Democracy,
have decided to call a souud-money con
vention and nominate two sound-money
men for whom the great mass of Eastern
Democrats may vote. That this will be
done I have no doubt. It will be a life
and death struggle between the two fac
tions of the Democracy, and the Republi
cans will hold reserved seats in the bull
ring with Mr. Hobart of New Jersey as
timekeeper and Major McKinley of Ohio
as referee and undertaker.
John Paul Cosqravb.
Bryan's Many Callers.
CHICAGO, 111., July IL— Mr. Bryan
returned to the Clifton Hotel from his
conference with the National Committee
and went to his room as quickly as the
people who crowded the corridors of the
hotel would let him. He was obliged to
receive delegates innumerable, many of
these accompanied by their wives.- Mr.
Bryan has definitely decided with refer
ence to his visit to his old homo at Salem.
111., and will leave Chicago for that place
Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. He
will go in one of the regular coaches and
not in a special car.
John P. Irish Blames the
A. P. A. for His
Why John R. McLean's Followers
Deserted the Missourian's
Old-Line Democrats Will Not Support
the Doings of the Chicago
DUBUQUE, lowa, July 11.— The finale
of tbe convention at Chicago proves to
have developed out of the purpose inci
dentally revealed from the beginning.
The country expected Bland's nomina
tion. He had age, experience, undeniable
honesty and a Democratic record. A
member of John R. McLean's delegation
discounted all this by informing the coun
try that Bland, a shouting Methodist,
reared in the amen corner and still labor
ing in the love leasts of his church to keep
on "prayin' ground and pleadin' terms,"
has a Catholic wife, and that these two
have lived in Christian peace. As such
peace is coming to be regarded as treason
in this country, in the racket of the last
ballot McLean's delegation ran away from
the Missourian and helped nominate to
the Presidency the descendant of an Irish
Orangeman and a "boy orator" at that.
Some things are now accounted for.
One can see why the most conspicuous
opponent of the A. P. A. in the Union
was expelled from the Michigan delega
tion and how the surprises were so well
arranged and sprung upon the conven
tion. Perhaps ii is fortunate that all the
"isms" of the country are getting in one
crowd, that the open enemies of public
order and the secret enemies of personal
conscience are grouped where patriotism
aud principle can smile and destroy them.
This morning the Democratic press of
tbe country is i.i open revolt, That im
mense contingent of German papers,
which joined the Democracy under Cleve
land, bolts and .the honest and thrifty
German vote bolts with it. Trie old line
Democrats are not lured by the song of suc
cess. They will not surrender to promises
of a share in the fruits of victory, for they
refuse to profit upon the ruin of their
Therefore, the movement which I find
in every State in tbe Union to preserve
the party and its principles and defeat the
dynamite ticket adopted at Chicago. That
ticket is pledged to every vice that ulcer
ates in American politics. It is leprous
with repudiation, dishonor, discredit and
religious proscription. The twin lairies
characterized in the first of these dis
patches are now the center of a group of
evil spirits never before joined in a com
mon cause.
The platform is a covenant with larceny
and a league with murder, for it repudi
ates contracts and denies the richt of the
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