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Accessions Gained by the
Bolting Democratic
Denounce the Chicago Platform
and the Men Who Ruled
the Convention.
Bryan Likened to a Graceful
Danseuse Who Pirouettes Her
Way to Fame.
DETROIT, Mich., July 12.— The Free
Press, the leading Democratic newspaper
oi Eastern Michigan, to-day announced
that it will not indorse the Chicago piat
form or candidates. The Free Press says:
Waiving any discussion as to the methods
used in securing the adoption of that plat
form, we denounce the monetary, utterance as
mi-Democratic and fraught with serious men
ace to the country and its prosperity. Believ
ing this, there is no alternative course possible
for the Free Press but the sacrifice of honest
conviction, and that sacrifice we cannot make.
The Free Press declares itself to be hereaiter
free from any party connection.
The Detroit Tribune (R.) had previously
bolted the St. Louis platform and de
clared for free silver.
The Grand Rapids Democrat, the lead
ing Democratic newspaper of western
Michigan, which favored gold before the
convention, accepts the platform, declares
that the platform is the accepted creed of
the party for this campaign , and says
Democrats who don't like it can find com
fort and company on the Republican side
of the fence.
CHICAGO. 111., July 12.— Chicago
Chronicle (D.) in a double-leaded editorial
says: » „
i "It is necessary that the Democrats of
the United States should call another
convention. The one held in the Coliseum
■ »£"■. Obiesi'O b« ■ beeu. controlled: -by tbr,
foes 'of « commerce, of labor, . of 7 Bound
finance ■.' and of Democracy. It ■ has no
claim to the title 'Democratic' The duty
devolves upon the Democratic leaders who
' have been ignored, reviled and scuffed at
by the enemies of Democracy- in the
Coliseum, gathering to issue a call for a
real Democratic convention. : Ample time
remains for the assembling of such a con
vention. With proper concert of action
among the leaders of Democracy in the
various States the preliminaries can be
arraneed at once and the convention can
be held not later than September 1. The
Democrats of the country have not been
represented at Chicago. They have been
. delivered into the hands of their enemies.
They must meet and organize against
their forces. Let another convention be
S NEW HAVEN, Conn., July 12.—
New Haven Register says concerning the
Bryan nomination:
it was a characteristic performance from
all point.-- of view. The platform, which is a
i;iiis of reckless statements and false con
clusions, disclosed as nothing else could the
irresponsibility of the majority. It required
but a graceful dancer to whirligig upon It to
impart to It the atmosphere of romance and
pission, which it lacked .of Itself.' The ac
complished dancer came in the person of Mr.
Bryan. His graceful and sensuous movement,
liie charming poise of the limb, the flash of
the eye and the music of the voice set the
audience on tire.
It turned to him from the older and stiffer
dancer with the ardor and desire of flcile
youth. It abandoned its. old premiere dan
teuse. Mile. Bland, who for so many years'
twirled on her sliver toes, to the uproarious
delight of these same advocates of the political
DAVENPORT, lowa, July 12. — The
Davenport Democrat will not support the
free-silver ticket An editorial printed to
day says:
- It is painful to see a party which leu than
four years ago was indorsed by such an over
whelming majority in the election of its leader
to the Presidency now abandon the principles
which led to this most signal triumph. n '
OGDEN, Utah, July 12.— The Ogden
Standard, the tinst paper in the then Ter
ritory of Utah to advocate the obliteration
of Mormon and anti-Mormon factions in
politics and' the dividing upon National
lines and the paper which gave birth to
the State Republican organization when
the division came, thif morning places
the name of William J. Bryan at the head
of its editorial columns and announces its
allegiance to tne Democratic party.
NEW YORK, N. V., July 12. —The Sun
day Union, the Irish society or^an in this
city, in an editorial says:
"The Union is in close contact with the
industrial masses of city and country and
the almost universal disposition among
working and industrial classes is to support
Bryan square, straight and vigorously for
the Presidency."
LACROSSE, Wis., July 12.— This morn
ing's Chronicle (D.) repudiates the Chi
cago convention. It calls for another con
vention and ticket.
Administration Leaders Undecided
as to the Launching of a
Second Ticket.
WASHINGTON. D. C, July 12.-The
administration leaders were fully prepared
for a free-coinage platform, but they have
notvdecided what position they shall as
sume toward it. Personally, none of the
men of influence who surround President
Cleveland approve either the candidates
or the platform adopted at Chicago. They
do not hesitate in private conversation to
say so, but they are undetermined
whether it were better to nominate a sec
ond ticket representing bound money
The San Francisco Call
views or combine with the Republicans in
support of McKinlev.
Generally speakine, a second ticket is
thought to be inadvisable. It is thought
that by dividing the sound-money vote
the cause itself would be placed in jeo
pardy. It is argued, on the other hand, that
this would prove a source of strength to
the cold standard, inasmuch as many
sound-money Democrats would give their
adhesion to such a ticket who might
otherwise vote for Bryan as a matter of
party loyalty. There is a disposition on
the part of some of the administration
leaders to await the report of the New
Yorkers, particularly Messrs. Whitney,
Flower and others, who returned East
yesterday. It is thought that since these
gentlemen spent a week at Chicago, min
gling freely with representative men in
both wings of the party, they are better
fitted to judge the line of policy to be fol
lowed than those at Washington, who are
dependent for their information upon the
daily press.
Few Politicians Found at the Scene
of the Late Political
CHICAGO, 111., July 12.— The usual
Sunday calm, more noticeable because
of the contrast with the turmoil of last
week, prevailed to-day in the big hotels
where the delegates had reigned supreme.
The gold and the silver representatives of
the Democratic party, with few excep
tions, departed for their homes on the
late trains yesterday and at all hours to
day. The multitude of visitors went
with them and the scenes of political
conflict were almost deserted to-day.
Nearly all the prominent delegates
have gone, the principal exceptions being
the members of the notification commit
tee and the National Committee, which
have business to finish here.
For the gold and silver leaders who re
mained in town it was a day of rest, the
latter being mostly confined to driving
with friends. Ex-Chairman Harrity spent
the afternoon that way and there was no
effort made to hold any conference of
the gold men. The intense heat was not
conducive to indoor work aud there are
not enough gold-standard delegates here
to get up a respectable conference on the
third-ticket question.
Colonel J. W. St. Clair of West Virginia,
who made an eloquent pica in the conven
tion for Senator Hill as temporary chair
man, although a silver advocate, said to
night at the Palmer House to a United
Press reporter:
"I do not think Hill will have anything
to do with another convention. That is
the impression I got from my last talk
with him. There are extremists in New
York and New England, however, who
may force another ticket in the field. I
have not any idea who would be put up.
The Eastern delegates did not want to do
anything hastily on such a ques
tion. It means the disruption of the Dem
ocratic party if another ticket is put up."
The committee of three, representing
the gold-standard Democrats of Illinois,
expects to have its public address in be
naif of another convention ready for pub
lication in a day or two. •
Believe Thqt the Nominees Should
Not Be Notified In New
LINCOLN, Nebe., July 12.— There was a
feeling of keen disappointment, not un
mixed with some resentment, among Lin
coln people when the news was read this
mornineof the action of the Democratic
National Committee in determining to
have the two candidates of the party for
mally notified of their nominations at New
York City instead of at their respective
homes. Citizens of Lincoln had aireauy
begun planning for what it was confidently
predicted would be an epoch in the city's
history, and the action of the committee
was an unpleasant surprise. State and
local pride is at a high pitch, and it was
hoped that the managers of Mr. Bryan's
campaign, or such of them a? are on the
notification committee, would befgiven an
opportunity to see the enthusiasm which
the action at the Chicago convention had
This determination will not, however,
have any effect on the demonstration and
reception of Mr. and Mrs Bryan on their
return home, which promises to be the
greatest of the kind ever held in the State.
At the meeting last night it was agreed
to make it an entirely non-partisan affair
and this is emphasized by the fact that on
the different committees leading Repub
licans dominate in the membership. Ex
cursions will be run to the city from every
point in the State and delegations will be
present not only from Nebraska* cities and
towns, but from Colorado, lowa, Kansas
and Missouri.
The nomination of Mr. Bryan was re
ferred to by pastors of the different
churches to-day, notably in the First
Presbyterian, of which the Democratic
nominee is a member and where he is an
enthusiastic worker in the Sunday-school.
All reference to him was of a congratu
latory nature.
The city was not without its usual
demonstration, on a subdued scale, being
due to the arrival at 5 p. m. of the Nebraska
delegation from the convention. They
were met at the depot by a large crowd
and marched to headquarters with flags
and Bryan banners flowing. It will be an
unusually dull day in Lincoln from now
until the novelty wears off when there is
not some demonstration in honor of the
Democratic candidate.
Chairman Mark Hanna's Views on
the Platform Adopted at
CLEVELAND, Ohio. July 12.—Chair
man Hanna of the Republican National
Committee authorizes the following state
ment on the platform and Presidential
nomination at Chicago:
The Domination of ex-Congressman William
Jennings Bryan of Nebraska at Chicago Fri
day afternoon was, I think, simply a climax —
a fitting one— to such a convention, controlled
as it wns by a combination of the most radical
and revolutionary sentiment in politics.
The effect on the country will be to bring to
the surface the honest and patriotic purposes
of all good ana true citizens who think more
of their country* houor and integrity than
party affiliations. It will make this campaign
one of seriousness, because the questions in
volved are the most important as unvoting the
interests of the country that have been before
the American people since the Presidential
campaign of 1860.
The Chicago platform means revolution and
repudiation. My judgment is tnat party lines
will be broken up to the great advantage of
the Republicau party, which will stand for all
tun i» irue and American in this issue.
Sound - Money Democrats
Pledge Their Active
Letters From Western Men Give
Assurance of Victory
in November.
Caustic References to tbe Chicago
Platform Received Witn
CANTON, Ohio. Jaly 12.— This will be a
week of more than ordinary importance at
Canton. Major McKinley expects a good
many visitors, representing various inter
ests, classess and organization. The
event which is destined to attract the
most attention, however, will be the com
ing of 600 or 800 representative women of
Cleveland on Wednesday to congratulate
Major McKinley on bis nomination and to
assure him that he has in a high degree
their confidence, respect ana admiration.
The mails of yesterday and to-day
brought Major McKinley in the aggregate
more than 100 letters from sound money
Democrats in various parts of the country.
The writers make their communications
in confidence, of course, but 96 per cent of
these letters contain direct promises of
support, coupled with vigorous observa
tions upon the action of the Chicago con
vention. A significant fact In connection
with this correspondence is that qmte one
third of these letters are from Western
Btates, where the inflation sentiment is
supposed to be overwhelming.
This evening Major McKinley received a
number of telegrams complimenting him
upon his speech of Saturday afternoon, in
.wfcich he referred pertinently to the Chi
cago piatform.
Major McKinley Says the Nation's
Financial Status Must Be
CANTON, Ohio. July 12.— Several hun
dred members of the J. B. Foraker Club
of Cleveland came down on a special train
last evening to call upon Major McKinley.
In response to the remarks, of greeting
Major McKinley made his first speech
since the Chicago convention aud his
references to the action of the convention
lent interest to his utterance*. He spoke
as follows:
"My fellow-citizens: Recent events have
imposed upon the patriotic people of this
country a responsibility and a duty greater
than any since the Civil War. Then it was
a struggle to preserve the Government of
the United States. New it is a struggle to
preserve the financial honor of the United
States. Then it was a contest to save the
Union. Now it is a contest to save spot
less its credit. [Great applause.] Then
section was arrayed against section. Now
men of all sections can unite and will
unite and rebuke the repudiation of oar
obligations and the debasement of our
currency. [Applause.]
"The currency and credit of the Govern
ment are good now ami must be kept good
forever. Our trouble is not with the char
acter of the money we have, but with the
threat to debase it. We have the same
currency that we had in 1892, good the
world over and unquestioned by any peo
ple. Then, too, we had an unexampled
credit and prosperity. Our difficulty now
is to get that money in circulation and in
vested in productive enterprises, which
furnishes employment to American labor.
[Great applause.] This is impossible with
the distrust that hangs over the country
at the present time, and every effort to
make our dollars worth less than 100 cents
each only serves to increase that distrust.
"What'we want is a sound financial and
industrial policy which will give courage
and confidence to all, for when that is
done the money now unemployed because
of fear of the future and lack of confidence
in investments will appear in the chan
nels of trade. [Cries of "You are right,"
and applause]. Gentlemen, the employ*
ment of our i<ile money — the idle money
that we already have— in gainful pursuits
will put every idle man in the country at
work. When there is work there Is wages,
and when there is work and wages there
are consumers, who constitute the best
market for the products of our soil. [Great
"Having destroyed business and confi
dence by a free-trade policy it is now pro
posed to make things still worse by enter
ing upon an era of depreciated currency.
Not conteni with the inauguration of the
ruinous po'icy which has brought down
the wages of the laborer and the price of
the furra products its advocates offer a
new policy which will diminish the value
of money and wages and products. [Ap
plause] Against Doth of these we stand
opposed. Our creed embraces an honest
dollar, an untarnished National credit, ad
equate revenues for the uses of the Gov
ernment, protection to labor and industry,
preservation of the home market ana reci
procity which will extend our foreign
markets. Upon this platform we stand
and submit its declarations to the sober
and considerate judgment of the Ameri
can people." [Applause.]
Two Tickets In Delaware.
WILMINGTON, Del., July 12. — The
Higcins and Addicks Republicans have
elected delegates to the separate State con
ventions of the factions which will be held
next week at Georgetown and Dover re
spectively. Efforts are under way to in
duce the two State conventions to unite
on an electoral ticket. This may be ac
complished, but double names for Gov
ernor and Congressman are probable.
Victims of the Japanese
Tidal Wave Buried by
Survivors Unable to Identify the
Mangled Bodies of the
Where Populous Cities Once Stood Are
Now Plains Black With
TOKIO, Japan, June 26.— The horror of
Japan's calamity — the visitation of the
tidal wave— grows as the details become
known more fully.
On the 15th of June, at 8:30 in the even
ing, a seismic wave struck the northeast
coast of the main island throughout a dis
tance of about 200 miles, and in five min
utes 30,000 people were killed and 12,000
bouses destroyed. That is the whole
story. In the case of inundations,
cyclones, or even earthquakes, there is a
record of more or less continuous mis
chief, and of more or less successful strug
gle against the forces of destruction. But
in the case of a seismic wave, one stupen
dous blow accomplishes the whole calam
ity in an instant. At 8:30 the inhabit- ;
ants of numerous towns and hamlets
along the coast were celebrating the
"Boys' Festival" on the fifth day of the
! fifth month, according to the old calen
dar; at 8:35, 30.000 of them had been
■ swept out to sea or thrown dead upon the
shore, ar.d 8000 of their homes had disap
peared or lay wrecked.
Any one can identify the locality of the
disaster by a glance at the map of Japan.
From the island of Kinkwa-san, on the
south (north latitude 38 deg. 15 mm., east j
longitude 141 deg. 30 mm.) to Hachinoye
on the north (north latitude 40 deg. 30
mm., east longitude 131 deg. 30 mm.), the
coast of Rikuzen and Rifeushu provinces
assumes a distinctly convex shape.
Throughout the whole of this bow-like
arc nearly every town and every village
was visited by the wave, the portion be
tween Motoyoshi (north latitude 38 deg. 40
mm., east longitude 141 deg. 28 mm.) and
Yamada (north latitude 39 deg. 28 mm.,
east longitude 142 mm.) suffering most
severely. The general direction of the
ffave appears to have been north by east,
! or, after carrying devastation to the shore
it the main island, it left Yezc on the west,
touching that island at Yerimo Cape only.
There was nothing to presage the disas
;er. From 11 o'clock in the forenoon un
;il 4:30 in the afternoon heavy rain fell. It
was followed by a fine evening and a dark,
:00l night. There is much difficulty in
)btaining perfectly accurate statements
is to the times of phenomena that pre
ceded the final catrastrophe ; they were
too insignificant to seem worth recording.
Several accounts agree, however, that at
7:30 o'clock three or four shocks of earth
quake were felt; not violent shocks,
though of the vertical kind that folks in
Japan have learned to dread. Tne barom
eter pave, at the time, no indication of
inything unusual. Some twenty or twenty
tive minutes later a booming sound be
came audible from the direction of the
sea. It appears to have been variously
interpreted. Some construed it as the
noise of a coming gale ; others supposed
that a huge school of sardines had reached
the ofilng, and others thought that there
was a question of whales.
Only "a very few suspected the real sig
nificance of the sound, and fled inland at
the top of their speed. Rapidly the noise
increased, until it assumed the volume
and deafening din of a great park of ar
tillery, and then, in a moment, waves
from 20 to 30 feet high were thundering
against the shore. The place < where the
actual totals oi' deaths reached the highest
figures were not always those that suffered
most in proportion to their population.
Of the three prefectures visited by the
wave — Iwate, Miyagi and Aomori — Iwate
had by far the largest aggregate of disas
ters, its list of dead mounting to 26,000,
Some of the details, however, convey a
more graphic idea of the facts than any
general statement can suggest.
Kamaisbi is a little seaside town, situ
ated at the bead of a rocky inlet two miles
deep and directly facing the Pacific Ocean.
Behind it is a precipitous hill. The inhab
itants seem to have remained until the last
wholly unconscious of what was pending.
At a little after 8 in the evening a moun
tain of sea was observed piling itself up at
the mouth of the inlet, and in a moment,
with a tremendous roar, waves 30 feet high
swept over the town. Ti.ree times these
avalanches of water rushed forward, the
first incomparably the most terrible, and
in less than two minutes the town was vir
tually annihilated. Out of 1223 dwellings
only 143 remained standing, and out of a
population of 6557 death had overtaken
4700 and 500 lay wounded. In complete
ness of destruction this record heads the
list. Scarcely less appalling was the work
of the wave in a bay some five miles far
ther north.
There, in the village of Futaishi, only
100 persons escaped death out of a popu
lation of 790, and only two houses out of
as many hundreds remained standing. At
Yamada, 700 houses out of 900 were de
stroyed, and 3000 persons were killed out
of 4200. At Toni, 250 houses were swept
away out of 1269, and 1103 persons were
killed and 82 wounded out of a total of
1206. In the Kissen district, one town and
eleven villages attacked by the wave had
6380 persons killed and 1560 houses washed
away or wrecked. At Honeo, the whole
hamlet of 150 houses was annihilated, and
the sole survivors were a party of men
OotUinued on Third Poo*.
Address Issued From the
Bimetallic Union's
The Chicago Platform and the
Nominee Declared to Be
White. Metal Delegates Asked to
Ratify the Se'ection of the
CHICAGO, 111., July 12.— After a two
days' secret session and conference with
prominent members the executive com
mittee of the American Bimetallic Union
adjourned to-day and formally announced
its approval of the Democratic platform
and candidates. The committee appeals
to the silver organizations of the country
«ho intend to send delegates to the St.
Louis convention to unite the silver forces
by indorsing the worK done in the col
Thirty odd members of the committee
and outsiders of the union attended the
council which reached this decision. Gen
eral A. J. Warner, president of the union,
presided. There was no division of senti
ment as to indorsement. Following is the
address issued by the committee:
To the members of the American Bimetallic
Union and of all affiliated unions and leagues
throughout the United States, and all other
friends of bimetallism:
Whereas, The Bimetallic Union, being a
consolidation of the American Bimetallic
League, the National Bimetallic Union, tbe
National Silver Committee and other bimetai
lic organizations, called a conference at Wash
ington, D. C. on the 22d day of January last,
at which conference it was determined that
the people in tbe approaching election should
have the opportunity to vote for candidates
for President and Vice-I'resiiieui and ior mem
bers of Congress committed unequivocally to
the restoration of the unrestricted coinage of
both gold and silver on the terms of equality
existing prior to 1873, and to mnke
this determination sure a convention was
called by said conference to meet at St. Louis
on the 22d day of July, there to place in nomi
nation candidates for President and Vice-
President, incase meantime neither ot the two
great parties— as then appeared doubtful—of
fered acceptlble candidates on a platform com
mitting the party and the candidates to the
restoration of the unrestricted coinage of both
gold and silver, and whereas, the Democratic
convention just' ended at Chicago has adopted
a platform containing all that bimetalltsts
nave demanded, fully and unequivocally ex
pressed, and has nominated candidates of dis
tinguished ability and long known as sincere
advocate' of our cause; therefore, be it
Resolved, That in the opinion of this com
mittee but one duty remHins for the friends of
this great cause to perform, and that is to
unite in support of the platform adopted at
t hicago and the candidate nominated thereon
and to work might and main until the elec
tion in November to secure tbe success of the
ticket. If this is done we sincerely oelieve
that our cause will be won and prosperity be
restored to our people.
The only danger to be feared Is in the di
vision of our own forces, which we pray will
not be allowed to take place. To divide our
forces on the eve of the great contest before
the world is unnatural aid suicidal; and for
one to lead a revolt In such a cause and at such
a time would come little short of being a pub
lic crime. We therefore appeal to all members
of the Bimetallic Union and of the affiliated
silver leagues and all others opposed to the
continuance of tlie single gold stnndard, re
gardless of party affiliations, to come to the
support of the platform and the splendid ticket
given us at the people's great convention just
held at Chicago. We further urge upon all
who agree with us upon this vital issue to join
with us at St. Louis on the 22d of July, there
to indorse and ratify the work so nobly begun.
A. J. Warner, President.
R. C. Chambers, first Vice-President.
Henry U. Miller, Second Vice-President.
Thomas C. Merrill, Treasurer.
J. B. Grant, of Extcuilve Committee.
H. F. Bartine. oi Executive Cornmiuee.
George E. Bowen, Secretary.
General Warner, just before leaving to
night for his home in Marietta, said to a
reporter for the United Press:
'•The committee was unanimous for in
dorsement. Two-thirds of those present
were Republicans. The silver convention
in St. Louis will certainly support Bryan.
The gold men can have all the tickets they
please; the more the better, but we must
have only one silver ticket if we are to
win. No silver man of National reputa
tion will accept a nomination from any
other source. We want all the big silver
guns to come to the St. Louis convention.
The Democrats gave us all we asked for
and more than we expected a year ago. If
we had drawn the silver plank to suit the
Democrats we would probably have made
it a little more conservative. We must
have a silver daily newsi aper in Chicago
and I think there will be one here soon.
"We expect to beat McKinley in Ohio.
The people there are not for the gold
standard. 1 Jive amonjj them and know
them. A lifelong Republican in that
State wrote to me after the St. Louis con
vention and said he would not vote to sup
port such a platform, and that 100 other
Republicans in his township would follow
his example."
He Believes Bryan, If Elected,
Would Make an Excellent
ASHEVILLE, N. C, July 12— [t is
doubtful if there is a man who is more
'Pteased with the Democratic nomination
for the Presidency, or believes more
strongly that the convention was judicious
in naming W. J. Bryan as the Democratic
standard bearer, tnan is Hon. Charles P.
Crisp of Georgia, now here.
"The nominee," he said, "is a man of

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