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OPPOSE THE CONSPIRACY, Second Part of the Great Anarchist and Demo cratic Combine. ALL POPULISTS ARE NOT TOR BRYAN. Millionaire Sewall Not at All Popular With the Honest Farmers. PECULIAR CONNIVANCE TO BE FOUGHT AT ST. LOUIS. One True Advocate of the People Tells a Tale of Woe to John Panl Cosgrave. The Call's Headquarters,) Hotel Lixdell, >■ St. Loos, Mo., July 13. ) The first act of conspiracy between so cialists and socialistic Democrats was planned at Chicago last week, and the sec ond will be enacted next week in St. Louis. The first act was the nomination of Populist Bryan and the second will be his indorsement, if tbe anarchistic and Demo cratic combine shall succeed in carrying out the second part of the conspiracy to ruin the Populistic party by grafting upon it the socialistic scion of the Democratic party. What has been expected and only hinted at a short time ago has now been demonstrated by the unanswerable logic of events. It is conceded that Mr. Bryan is a Populist, parading under the name ot a Democrat to serve the purposes of the most ambitious of the party of many plants. From what can be gleaned at this early stage of the contest, it is highly probable that the Populists of Nebraska will in dorse Mr. Bryan's candidacy and will sup port him, and that they will go further, to the extent of urging their National Con vention, which will meet iv this city on Wednesday of next week, to indorse Mr. Bryan. This is askiog- a good deal of a party many of whose most enthusiastic members are farmers and the bulk of whose mem bership is taken from the ranks of the laboring people and of those who are not blessed with an abundance of the world's goods. It will be impossible for even a Populist to vote for Socialist Bryan and cot to vote for Millionaire Sewall. Sewall is a close- listed Yankee and all his sympa thy is on the side of his class, the monopo lists and millionaires. So that the Popu lists will kill two birds with one stone, one a bird of its own feather and the other a Republican of the hawk family, of whose depredations the Populist is forever com plaining. He will have to do considerable thinking and waste considerable time in trying to solve the Chinese puzzle, which requires a man to vote for Bryan and to vote against Sewall at one and the same time. This obstacle in the way has not been very well considered by tbe chiel actors in the conspiracy. In fact they have not given a thought to Capitalist Pewall because they are engaged solely in the Bryan figbt. Mr. Sewall, according to their idea, is the tail that goes along with the hide. It will be a highly interesting spectacle, and as amusing as interesting to watch the countenauce of a Populist with wild oats in his beard as he deposits his ballot for Bryan and Sewall next November. The placid smile of satisfaction which wrinkles his sunburned face as he votes for the one set of Presidental electors who represent Mr. Bryan in the electoral college will be eclipsed immediately thereafter by an ex pression of disgust when he remembers that this same set of electors must also cast their ballots for Capitalist Sewail, who hates the Populists worse than the Popu lists hate a banker. When one thinks of the full meaning of this political conspiracy be cannot refrain from expressing the greatest astonishment that men of ordinary business sense should for a moment entertain a proposition so inconsistent as this is. It certainly looks as though the ringleaders of the whole af fair had about the same idea of the intelli gence of average Populist as that possessed by a bunko sharp who offers the aforesaid Populist a gold brick at three-fourths or one-half its bullion value. But ridiculous as it may seem that is tbe proposition. Theg are offering to the Populists of the United States a bogus silver brick com posed of 5 per cent of Bryan balderdash and 95 per cent of Sewall capitalism. But whether serious or ludicrous, whether consistent or inconsistent, whether an in sult to the intelligenceof the masses of the American people, the programme arranged by Anarchist Altgeld and hia pal, Stone of Missouri, assisted by bolting Republicans and socialists out of a job, will be carried through, if it be at all possible to keep the blinds over the eyes of the well-meaning, honest but of ten-bunkoed Populists. The plan provides for the obliteration of all the fundamental planks of the People's party platform and the substitution of the silver plank by the Democratic party in Chicago. It is proposed to cover all the issues with the dust raised by the stampede for Bilver. In this conspiracy the wealthy owners of silver mines and speculators and stock jobbers have been the real plot ters, with Altgeld and Stone as the cats paws. Altgeld in the event of the success of the fusion proposition would assisted in his aspirations for the United States Sena torship, while Governor Stone will receive whatever political assistance he may re quire in the furtherance of his political ambition. Can it succeed? That will be the crucial test by which the People's party will rise above its sordid and selfish surroundings and retain tbe respect and the confidence of the whole of it* membership or by The San Francisco Call which it will crumble into an incoherent mass of political wreckage. Tne mass of its membership remembers tnat there are other things in the Populist platform than the silver issue, and of far greater importance to the people. Direct legisla tion, the Governmental ownership and control of railroads and tbe other great principles which have been incorporated into the National platform of the People's party are of too great importance to be ignored at any time, much less at a time like, this when so much political de moralization is to be seen on all sides. •Besides that, there is always ground for reasonable suspicion that a party is being betrayed to death when any of its leaders advise even a temporary setting aside of its principles. This is the rock upon which the coming convention may be expected to split. There are within the ranks of the party a sufficient number of earnest, brainy men to give the Altgeld Democracy and tne silver mine manipulators con siderable trouble when they attempt to ride upon tne neck of the convention and carry out their own selfish plans. I heard the keynote of true Populism sounded to-day by a well-kuown member of that party, a resident of this State. Although of sterling integrity and purity of intention, he would not consent to the use of bis name in the public prints, and after I had given him my word of honor that his name should remain a secret between himself and me, he consented to speak of the sentiment entertained by him with regard to the programme of which I have here spoken. "This is a crisis in the party. The prop osition is shall we adhere to our princi ples or shall we let tne party become a catspaw for political tricksters? It is a grand party with grand principles, prin ciples which do not change with the topography of the country which are not affected by question* and geography or of sectionalism, and so long as we stand by those principles, so long shall we continue to advance toward the goal of success. "But whenever we step aside to flirt with the Democratic party, or with any other party of the political organizations which have for so many years past de ceived and hoodwinked tne people, we shall begin to go down to our destruction. Populists cannot afford to take the advice of Democrats or Republicans. We should always rememDer that they are talking for their own benefit, and for the purpose of getting Populist votes, and when these are secured they pay no further attention to us. I keenly feel tbat the indorsement of Bryan, no matter how good a man he may be, no matter how sincere a Populist he may be, would be a complete surrender of our principles. "I honestly believe that the Populist leader who would advise fusion or indorse ment is a traitor to his party and a tool who does the bidding of monopoly and corporation. The people are heartily sick of tbe old parties, which they have been battledorea and sbnttlecocked ever since the Civil War, and for that reason, if for dd other, the Populists would stand firmly by their platform- and not indorse any can didate whatever. "Nominate some good man who is a Populist and nothing else, and all of whose allegiance is due to pur party and his plat form. Our platform should be his only love. The party will be content with nothing less than his whole heart. If we stand firm in this matter, with the Repub licans divided and Democracy crumbled to pieces because of its rottenness, we can carry the country next November by a big majority. "The people are not going to say much on street corners this year, but they are going to deposit their votes quietly and hurl the rascals and thieves from their places of power and oppression. We can win the fight without Mr. Bryan and we can beat him and Mr. McKinley no matter how they cut out the running. "It would be a very forlorn hope of a party tbat did not contain a brainier man, and if ever the day should come when the Populists cannot find in their own ranks two men equal, if tfot superior, to Mc- Kinley and Bryan I want to leave it. We now have the opportunity of our lives, and we should be worse than fools if wa should neglect it." "Do you think tbat there will be much opposition to the programme when the convention meets? Do you think there will be a fight on the matter?" '•Yes; I expect this will be the great fight of the convention. There is many a man like myself who will get up on the floor and use his best efforts to prevent the destruction of that party which has one platform and only one set of princi ples for every State and Territory in this great Nation, and not like the so-called platform of other organizations which are black in one State, white in another, blue in another and which are simply stream ers flying in the wind and pointing which ever way it may choose to blow. "If those who feel as I do succeed in onr efforts we will nominate a Populist who will stand upon our platform alone and whose allegiance will not be divided be tween the monopolists and monopolized. This feeling is heart deep with us. All that we have to live for politically is principle. So we cannot afford now, after all the sighs and tears, the battlings, the wound ings and the sufferings of the past, to sink the ship that has borne us in the face of mighty odds so near the hsrbor of peace and safety. We have made the People's party platform the fight of our lives, and before we shall see it destroyed we shall tight even to death. "What can we gain by the election of Bryan as President and Sewall as Vice- President? Simply nothing. We shall then find that we have been betrayed to our destruction. Even from the seltish standpoint we shall- have the worst of it. Whatever position of honor or profit there may be. within the gift of Mr. Bryan, should he become President, will be given by him to Democrats. That party will reap all the fruits of victory. Mr. Bryan will be under control of the leaders of the Democracy. He will necessarily be obliged to accept their counsel and ad vice and in all nis official relations and in all other matters he will be'a Democrat and nothing more. Then shall we find that, like tbe fools of old, we have put our trust in principles to our own undoing.' 1 John Paul Cosgrave. BRIAN'S BAD DEFEAT. How Be Failed^, in ; the Big Senatorial •I Struggle. ■ ;-.. OMAHA, Nebr., July 13.— William J. Bryan served two terms in 'Congress, ex piring March, 1895. . From the day of his I election all his energies were directed to the end of securing a seat in the United • States Senate.' The Democratic > party be ing third in numerical strength in Ne braska, Bryan's only hope of ' success ; was SAN FRANCISCO, TUESDAY MORNING, JULY 14, 1896. THE BOY ORATOR MAKES HIS FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT. TTa>ffC?IL.E3 S A3VE " YJE3S ; itiTJEXV in bringing up a fusion between the silver Democrats and Populists. Up to 1893 the latter party had held a monopoly on free silver agitation, but for want of leadership they could not make progress and Bryan stepped into the arena. Since that time be ba«J led the frce-siiver adherents of both parties. His rirst attempt to com mit the Democratic party to free coinage at 16 to 1 was] in the State Convention in 1893, but he was worsted, and in an im passioned speech he declared he would take the question direct to the people and get their final decision. Should the Demo crats of Nebraska then fail to follow him, he would continue to advocate the cause under the banner of another party. Everybody in the St»te believed that Bryan was about to renounce Democracy and go over to the Populists, but he did not openly do so, and continued his efforts to convert the State Democracy to free silver. It was the intention of Republi cans to elevate John M. Thurston to the successorship of General Manderson. Thurstou stumped the State for the Re publican ticket, but Bryan and Tburston were thus pitted against each otner in the State campaign, and it was regarded as a gladiatorial contest for a seat in the Senate of the United States. Bryan challenged Thurston to public de bates on the tariff. There were 10,000 people in tbe audience. Two leading candidates for the Senate thus tested steel, and the ver dict of the people was that honors were about even. When the votes were counted it was found that 80,472 electors had ex pressed a preference for United States Senator, and that of the 133 members of the Legislature the Republicans had elected 97. Thurstons election followed as a matter of course. Bryan's name did not go before tbe Legislature. This defeat was a crushing blow to Bryan. Hia friends announced that he would leave the State, but be did not, and has devoted himself ever since to the advocacy of this ho bby. AN INFORMAL MEETING. Headquarter* Itiacuaaed by the Demo- eratie National Committee* CHICAGO, 111., July 13.— An informal meeting of the members of the Democratic National Committee remaining in the city was held to-day at the Palmer House headquarters, and the question of head quarters during the campaign was dis cussed. There was a unanimous expres sion of opinion in favor of having a West ern headquarters in Chicago, and some of the Western members want the chief office removed from New York to this city. Sen ator Jones, the chairman, said: "There will be another meeting of the National Committee during the next three weeks, when the question of changing the location of the headquarters will be more fully discussed and decided. The cam paign will probably be directed actively from Cnicago. This city has all the facilities claimed for New York and others to favor its selec tion. I am in favor of the change from New York. We intend to make a cam paign which will be National in scope, and the organized Democracy of the East will soon come out in support of the party ticket. I confidently expect to see Tam many and Hill working for us. The Middle States will be the scenes of our greatest victories, and tbat is another good reason wny the headquarters should be moved to Chicago. "The members who are opposed to the proposition of removal argue that such action would afford the gold men who are fighting the ticket some ground upon which to claim sectionai prejudice of the West against the East, and that as much campaign work was needed in the Eastern States as in the silver States of the West." Jewett Withdraw*. NEW ALBANY, Ind., July 13.— Hon. Charles L. Jewett, ex-chairman of the Demociatic State Executive Committee, has withdrawn from the contest for the Democratic nomination for Congress from the Third Indiana District because his party declared lor free silver. POPULISTS GATHERING, Ready for Their National Convention at St. Louis. CHAIRMAN TAUBENECK IS SULLEN. Made Sore by the Action of the Silver Democrats, He Will Not Talk. BRYAN OF NEBRASKA MAT B£ INDORSED. Teller, However, Has a Large Fo!- lowing and They Will Work for Him. "The Call's" Headquarters,) Hotel Lindell, v St. Louis, Mo., July 13. ) The "Pops" are gathering in 8t Louis for their big National Convention on July 22. It will pro bably be the most notable meeting ever held in the history of this party. The leaders are in a quandary; they even hesitate to discuss the situation. Chairman Taube neck of the National Com mittee has locked himself up in his room in the Commercial building and will not even receive representatives of the press. He is sulking over the action of the Demo cratic convention in declaring lor the free and unlimited coinage of gold and silver at a ratio of 16 to 1 and naming William J. Bryan of Nebraska as its standard-bearer. This action of the Democrats has robbed the Populists of much of their thunder, in addition to a possible candidate of the party. Many of them with whom I con versed about the Lindell to-day unhesi tatingly declared tbat Mr. Bryan was a good enough Populist for them. Their only complaint against the Nebraskan is that he is training in bad company. There is no reason to believe that had not Bryan been named by the Democrats he could have secured the nomination at the hands of the Populists without much trouble. Since his nomination at Chi cago, however, the situation has changed considerably and Bryan will have a fight before he secures the indorsement of the convention next week. The belief is quite general in St. Louis to-day that Mr. Bryan eventually will secure tbe 1 ndorsement of» the Populists. Even if he fails in the accomplishment of this end his silver friends say that he will draw largely from the Populistic polls. Dr. J. J. Mott, secretary of the Bimetallic League of America, has arrived in town from Chicago to watch the movements of the Populists. He has secured rooms at tiie Lindell for Senators Stewart and Jones and Congressmen Newlands of Nevada and William P. St. John of New York. These distinguished silver champions will be on the ground in a few days. They are all friendly to Bryan and sbould he be indorsed by the Populists they will prob ably try to secure like action by the silver party convention. "Will the Bimetallic National Conven tion indorse Bryan's nomination?" I inquired. "I am not at liberty to speak definitely bb to that," replied Mr. Mott, "but as an officer of the Bimetallic League I ran say tnat Mr. Bryan is quite a favorite of many prominent members of the organization. We are very well pleased with the plat form and can support it. The action we will take, however, will greatly depend upon the course pursued by the Populist convention as to the financial question." "Is it probable that the Populists will indorse Mr. Bryan's nomination for Presi dent of the United States?" Tnis question I put straight to Mr. Tau beneck, but he could not answer it. He only shook his head and smiled. The chairman informed me, however, that in bis opinion the convention will be large and representative. They say delegates will be in attendance from every State and Territory in the Union with the exception of Alaska. The widest interest is evidently beinir taken in every action of the leaders. Telegrams and letters are pouring in from all sections of the country. The executive committee will meet on Saturday and the National Committee will meet on July 21. Sergeant-at-Arms Mc- Dowell is very busy making preparations for the convention. He returned from his home in Tennessee this morning. His friends are congratulating him on his nomination for Congress from the Tenth Congressional District at Memphis, Term. He told me that there would be 130.) dele gates and as many alternates in the con vention. The contracts for admission tickets, delegate and press badges have ail been let and the work for getting them ready is progressing rapidly. "i feel just this wav about it," he said. "If they don't do what McDowell wants them to do, McDowell will do what they don't. I have not made up my mind as to what it would be best for the convention to do. Before we indorse any man we have a right to know his position. I don't know yet whether Teller is in the fight, and, you know, if he is we might desire to keep the pledges made after the Republican convention." It is quite certain that unless Teller ab solutely declines to become a candidate his interests will be guamed carefully by thousands of admiring friends and he will give Bryan a close race. Mrs. Diggs of Kansas, who has usurped the place once held by Mrs. Lease in the Populist ic move ment and who will have a large following in the convention, sends word that she will not support Bryan. She favors Teller for the first place on the ticket. Ex-Governor Buchanan has opened up headquarters at the Lindell and will make a fight for Mills of Tennessee for the sec ond place on the ticket. Mills ran for Governor of Tennessee on the Populist ticket and was defeated along with Henry Clay Evans, the Democratic candidate. Will he meet the fate that Evans did be fore the Republican convention in the city some weeks ago? Frank McGcibe. WILL HOT L ET IT LANGUISH. Populixti Determined to Keep Up the Boom for Bland. LINCOLN, Nkbb., July 13. — A number of the Lancaster County delegates to the Populist State Convention, next Wednes day, left this afternoon for Grand Island. Their presence thus early on the ground is not to allow the Bryan boom to languish at tbat meeting. There is little question but that tbe State Convention will send a solid delegation to St. Louis instructed to work for Bryan's indorsement. Governor Holcomb, who is booked to be one of the delegates at large, is one of his most en thusiastic supporters, and he wields a powerful influence on the party in this Stale. A few counties have deciarged against fusion, but it is hardly thought they can affect the result. Here in Lincoln interest largely centers in the demonstration on Bryan's return. This morning committees started out to canvass the city for funds and met with much success. All the nreworks in the city will be exploded that evening. There will be delegations with bands from nearly every town of importance in the State as well as neighboring States. Denver has promised to send a large delegation. To show the absence of party feeling in the demonstration, Colonel Ed R. Sizer, one of the most uncompromising Republicans in the city, has been placed in charge of the affair. SENATOR C HANDLER TALKS. Personal Regard for Mr, Sewall, but He la Doomed to Defeat. WASHINGTON, D. C, July 13.— An in terview is printed this evening with Sena tor W. £. Chandler of New Hampshire, in which he pays a high personal tribute to Mr. Sewall of Maine. Senator Chandler understands that Mr. Sewall is a protec tionist and that he is as much opposed to free trade as he (Chandler) is. While this may not make him acceptable to the Democrats, it will, Senator Chandler thirks, commend him to the Populists, who are largely protectionists. "Does the nomination of Mr. Sewall strengthen the ticket?" the Senator was asked. "It makes it more respectable, but no stronger. It won't give the ticket an extra vote in the East, or perceptibly increase it in Maine." "Then you think the ticket will have a chance in November?" "It has not the slightest chance to win unless we are to imagine that half the American people will go crazy between now and November. A broad wave of in sanity is all that can elect the ticket." "Will the Democrats make a showing in Maine?" "The personal mends of Mr. Sewall may help Him increase the D3mocratic vote in Maine and thus keep the Demo cratic party from disappearing at the polls, as would otherwise have been the case. Without his nomination the Democratic vote would have been little more than 'scattering.' The Republican majority in Maine will not be more than 30,000." "Did you note the assertion of Senator Tillman that your State will vote for silver in November?" "We are expecting and believe we will get 15,000 majority in New Hampshire in November. Our people are biraetallists, but there is no sentiment for the imme diate free coinage of silver, which is the issue. Substantially all the leadine Demo crats of the State will vote for 'McKinley. Those who do not will take to the woods." THE BOLTING REPUBLICANS. Preparing to Hold a Conference and lanue a Proclamation. COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., July 13.— The bolting Republican delegates from the St. Louis Convention are preparing to hold a conference and issue a proclamation as to what they propose to do in the coming campaign. On Sunday a number of them met at Manitou Springs. Among those present were Senator Teller of Colorado. Senator Dubois of Idaho, Congressman Hartman of Montana, General Stevenson of Colo rado and others. Senator Lee Mantle of Montana and others of the leaders were expected to ar rive to-day, but cannot be here until later in the week. It is thought tbat they will get together about Thursday next. They state positively that no sort of an agree ment has been reached, but those who are closest to them claim that there is no doubt but that they will indorse Bryan. PROFESSOR WALKER TALKS. Snv» Major McKinley Is Not a Gold Monometalliat. LONDON, Eng., July 13.— At a meeting of the Bimetallic League held here to-day an address was delivered by Professor Francis A. Walker, the American politi cal economist and superintendent of the census, of the United States in 1870 and 1880. Professor Walker was cheered as he arose and was frequently interrupted by bur3ts of applause. He declared that no gold monometaliist party existed in the United States, and said toe wouid stake his honor that if a bimetallist convention was proposed to the United States by the principal sound money men of Europe the Americans would tumble head over heels in welcoming the proposal. Senator Gray, Professor Walker said, would find very few men to join him in opposition to a proposal for a common ratio between gold and silver. What the silverites really desired, be continued, was silver inflation. Widely separated from these men were the real bimetallists of the United States. Nothing, Professor Walker declared, could be more unfounded than to say that the Republican National Convention held in St. Louis had pronounced in favor of gold monometallism. Mr. McKinley, he said, had never been a gold monomet aliist; he could not be one if he tried. He had always been uniformly a bimetallism The maintenance of a gold standard in the United States was not rendered a whit less secure by reason of anything that was done at the convention held in Chicago, but despite much friendly advice from this side of the ocean the United States wa9 not going to pull other people's chest nuts-out of the fire and would remain de voted to the rehabilitation of silver as a money metal and always ready to make sacrifices to that end. The bonds of the United States, he added, would continue to be paid in gold or its equivalent and the credit of the United States would con tinue to be as high as it ha 1 ever been since she had triumphantly vindicated her nationality in the war of secession. Professor Walker was loudly cheered at the conclusion of his address. Give a One- fare Rate, ST. LOUIS, Mo., July 13.— The follow ing announcement was issued to-day: All railroad associations in the United States except the Trunk Line Association, with head quarters in New York, and embracing the fol lowing lines: Baltimore and Ohio, Central Railroad of New Jersey, Chesapeake and Ohio. Delaware, Lackawanna and Western, Erie Rail road, Grand Trunk Railroad, Lebigh Valley Railroad, New York Central anil Hudson River, New York, Ontario and Western, Penn sylvania Railroad, Philadelphia and Reading and West Shore, and the New England Asso ciation, wiih headquarters in Boston, have given a one-fare rate for the round trip, com mencing July 19, for all delegates and visitors to the People's party convention and the silver convention, both of which meet in St. Louis, July 22. Hugh McDowell, Sergeant-at-Arms People's Party National Committee. Quay Active Part. PHILADELPHIA, Pa., July 13.—Sena tor Quay has resigned the State chairman ship, and bis successor will be elected at once. Deputy Attorney-General John P. Elkinwill be elected Mr. Quay's successor. He is a stanch follower of the Senator. Mr. Quay's resignation of the State chairman ship is taken to indicate that as a member of the executive committee of the Repub lican National Committee he intends to take an active part in the campaign. PRICE FIVE CENTS. FOR SOUND MONEY NOW Illinois Gold Democrats Issue a Call for a New Ticket. THE DISSATISFACTION WITH SILVERITES. All Party Precedents Violated at the Convention Held io Chicago. TALK OF PROTECTING THE GOOD NAME OF THE NATION. Secretary Carlisle Said to Be tbe Ideal Candidate of the Dis senters. ■„ CHICAGO, 111., July 13.— The honest money Democracy of ', Illinois, through its executive committee, issued an address to night to the Democrats of other States, calling upon them .to nominate another National ticket 7 and adopt a platform of •'sound money" principles upon which the nominees can appeal to the people of that opinion. This address was author ized at a meeting of the executive com mittee Saturday night and a committee of three was appointed to write and issue it. This committee , met to-day *in the' law office of . Henry S. , Robbins, president of the Illinois Democratic Sound ( Money League, and agreed upon the address, which is as follows: To our fellow-Democrats of other States: A National Convention, convened ' under the constituted authority 'of our party, 1 has just '. closed its session In the city of Chicago. It enters upon ' Its -work by ' violating all . party precedents In the rejection of a distinguished Democrat as its temporary presiding officer. ■> It deprived a sovereign . State of a voice in its deliberations by unseating, without. causa or legal justification, delegates elected with all the regularity of party organization. It refused to indoise the honesty and fidel ity of the" present Democratic National admin- - istration. It adopted a platform which favors the free and unlimited coinage of silver by this country alone at a ratio of 16 to 1, and 'thereby it repudiated & time-honored Demo- ■ * cratic principle, whicn the strict maintenance of a sound 'and stable .National currency. . .-. ",' X. Finally, 'to make it still plainer 'that al though in name it was not in fact a Demo cratic convention, it nominated' for President one who is not in his political convictions and has not always been even- in ■: his professions a Democrat. - : v ; \ ; • . This has made; such a crisis, both , for the Nation' and; the Democratic party, that tha sound money Democrats must at once decide what political action they will : take for the protection of the honor of the Nation, pros peri of the people | and the life and useful ness of the party. , -. •. ■';•-. : , ': The sound money Democrats of Illinois have fully made up their minds that a new Demo cratic National : Convention , should ,be called for the earliest feasible day to nominate Demo cratic candidates for President and Vice-Presi dent and to adopt ! a platform of - Democratic principles; and they desire to state to their fellow-Democrats of ■ the j other States their reasons, as follows:/ ■ ,- First — The sound money Democrats owe it to the country to. make it certain at once that their revolt against free silver is determined, and will be organized, jlt is unfair to oblige the credit of the Nation and : the business and industrial interests of : the : people to merely Z guess what the sound money Democrats will do in November, and wait until November to find out. . ; , Second— The nomination of • a new ticket la the logical ; course; without : it, and ; Found money Democratic campaign, the , whole edu cational force of sound money Democratic sentiment would be paralyzed from the begin ning. Resolutions . cannot \ argue the sound money question to Democratic voters. Repub lican sincerity on that question is doubted by the Democratic ' masses. The tariff I question will be put to the front and insisted upon by Republican speakers and the Republican press, as it has been repeatedly dona by Mc- Kinley himself. Democrats will not listen to talks on finance when it ; is ■■ accompanied by abuse of ■ the • Democratic 1 party. . The ■ most effective force at this time for a campaign , is the force residing in the sound : money , Demo crats; for they are profoundly in earnest, and can get a hearing from' Democrats that the Republicans cannot possibly get. - 'Without a campaign we should not only have no speakers, but our press would be firing into the air; and the whole force of campaign organization and campaign workers in campaign literature and the great power of constant private discussion and appeal would all be lost." Third— A new convention would . also pre serve for the future the opportunities of the Democratic party.' Unless a clear : comparison is made between the' genuine | Democrats and the Democrats who are drifting into Populism, or are ' already in Populism, and unless that clear-cut separation is supported by organiza tion and a reorganized Democratic party is the result, the party, has no chance of regaining public confidence for '.years to come. The sound-money Democrats in the different States must either make :it 'clear. l that they have no . association with the Bryan party ; or they must accept association or entanglement with : It; and all State organizations will in the public mind be for it that do not make It absolutely clear that they are against it. ,, — Democrats who believe in Demo cratic principles must have a party. They now have the opportunity to reorganize , and keep the Democratic Darty, and the interests of the Nation imperatively, demand that the great Democratic party shall be rescued out of ■ Pop* . ulism and kept on its historic foundation, i? The sound money Democrats are sufficiently organized in this State to be able to meet their fellow Democrats in a new convention and are anxious Cto confer with representatives of another State whenever a v representative con ference can be brought about. We hope that out of the responses to this public statement of theylews of the Illinois Democracy there can be gathered so much of : the ; judgment of the leading sound money Democrats of the United States as can be formulated into a Dlau of ■ action. ;r - Communications should ;be ad- : dressed to Charles A. Ewmg, Palmer House, Chicago. John A. Palmer, Charles A. Ewing, James H. Eckels, Franklin MacVeagh, Ben T. Cable, William S. Forman, Thomas A. Moran. John P. Hopkins, Henry 8. Robbins, A. L. Goodrich, James T. Hoblitt, Adolph Kraus, James M. Sheehan, Charles H. Williamson, Lyndea