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Opening of the Republican
Campaign in Old
The Eloquent Joseph B. Foraker
Explains the Money Plank
of His Party.
People of the Buckeye State Rally at Columbus to
Inaugurate the Battle in Behalf of William
McKinley, the Friend of All
American Industries.
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 15.— The people
of Ohio opened the Presidential campaign
of their fellow citizen, William McKinley,
at CoJumbus to-day, with much enthu
siasm and no small degree of ceremony,
considering tne temperature. Ten thou
sand voters came from the cities, towns
ana hamlets of Ohio to lend their pres
ence to what was generally and properly
thought to be the first important meeting
of tbe campaign. The visitors, the clubs
and delations began to arrive about 7
The Cup-Defender Fawn That Triumphantly Carried the Encinal Ensign Across the Line Yesterday. She Beat the
San Francisco Club Yacht Catherine by 6 Minutes \9 Seconds* Corrected Time.
| o'clock in the morning, and it was 2:30
; in tbe afternoon when the last two large
I delegations marched from the station to
the meeting. Ail of the cities along Lake
i£iie, most of the interior towns, and
1 nearly every hamlet and city on the banks
iof the Ohio were liberally represented.
West Virginia and Pennsylvania also Bent
It was expected by a great many that
Major McKinJey would be present, but he
is at work on his letter of acceptance and
How the Gallant Encinal Boat Successfully Sailed the Great
Race, Beating the Speedy Catherine and Rejoicing
the Alamedans*
Yesterday afternoon the Encinals' pen
nant, with its single blue star, flew in
triumph over th<* bay when the gallant
little sloop Fawn plunged to the finish,
winning the Perpetual Challenge Gup and
the race of '96.
It was a great contest and all Alameda—
conservative Alameda, which affects
cricket, tennis and salt-water baths —
came down on the narrow-gauge mole to
see their club yacht defend tbe prize,
which was first brought home by the El
Sueno last year. They were hopeful
when the graceful craft bounded across
the line like the fleet animal of her name,
sure of victory when she flew like a white
cloud down the triangle course, and they
howled in the maddest, merriest manner
when the cup-defender came home 6
minutes and 19 seconds ahead of her rival.
The sloop Catherine, by which the San
Francisco Club expected to pull in the
prize and the race, worked well in
first stretch, but failed at the Blossom
Rock stake, and never made up for the
error. On the other hand, the Fawn's work
was faultless and she sailed on, putting
the water and the minutes between herself
and the other yacht from stake to stake.
The Fawn being 26.72 feet in length to
the Catherine's 25.90 the latter boat was
given a time allowance of 1 minute 36 sec
onds, and as the San Franciscan started 4
minutes 26 seconds behind her competitor
she baa a total allowance in her favor for
the race of 6 minutes 2 seconds. The
course was from the narrow-gauge mole to
Blossom Rock stakeboat, thence south
past a stake off Mission Rock to a third
stakeDoat off Hunters Point back to the
Mission Rock s take and across the bay to
the starting point.
The Fawn was sailed by Captain James
T. Rosseter, Edward Holmes, George
Dillman, J. A. Landsberger and L. Ward. ,
wrote Chairman Curtz, of the Republican
State Central Committee, that he does not
think it wise to depart from his determi
nation to make no political speeches out
side of Canton. Major McKinley thought
too, that the trio of distinguished speakers
secured for the occasion needed no rein
forcement. It seemed fitting to him that
in a campaign in which money is an issue
of vast importance, that two men who
have made financial speeches a specialty,
should be asked to open tbe discussion,
and that so brilliant a speaker on all Re
publican issues as Foraker should co
operate with them. The selection of Sher
man and Woodford at this time to discuss
the currency means that the Republicans
have determined to open up a heavy fire
all along the line of the advocates of free
It was almost 2:30 when Messrs. Sher
man, Foraker, Woodford and Bushnell
drove up to the big tent on Broad street,
where more than 10,000 people were as
sembled. The tent was brightly decorated.
\Vn--n the speakers entered there was loud
Governor Bushnell presided at the meet
ing and after some pleasant words of wel
come, introduced Senator Sherman. The
greeting which the Senator received was
most cordial, and when a moment later he
On board the Catherine were Captain W.
L. Sutherland, A. Sutherland. Peter
Church, Dr. Hill, G. Meniffee and Harry
Doe. The racing committees vrhich fol
lowed the yachts aboard of the tug Sea
Queen were Commodore J. W. Pew,
referee; C. B. Hill of the San Francisco
and C. L. Tisdale of the Encinals, timers.
Commodore C. C. Bruce of the California
Yacht Club sailed on the Fawn as the
representative of the San Francisco club,
and Henry Landsberger on the Catherine
in a like capacity for the Encinals. A
large number of yachts and launches of
all colors followed the two fleet spoon
The Fawn took the middle-bay course
toward Blossom Rock, while her rival
sought the slack water under the western
shore of G at Island.
The idea was to escape the strong, in
flowing tide and the maneuver was an
excellent one. However, she Jost a few
seconds by being obliged to tack twice
away from the island, but her crowning
misfortune occurred as she neared the
stakeboat. She was drawing toward the
turn when up went the gafftopsail. It
flapped and wrinkled like a flag and
fira/ged the ''loop to leeward like a tow
Sutherland tried to hold her up to her
work, but it was no use, and the flatter
ing thing aioft killed her. In the mean
time the Fawn came up and rounded the
stake nicely and squared away before the
twenty-h've-mile breeze with mainsail,
gafftopsail jib and balloon jib swelling
outward in hard, beautiful curves of
The Catherine held on to her worse than
useless gafftopsail, and finally worked far
enough to the northward of the stake
boat for a turn, and came about. Tbe
effort resulted in another failure, for that
everlasting sail kept on its wrinkling and
the vessel dragged to leeward of the stake.
commenced 'his speech with a eulogy of
Major McKinley, the audience cheered
lustily. His speech, and all the others as
well, commanded the closest attention of
the audience. The feeling among Repub
licans to-night is that the first great and
effective battery has been opened upoa
the enemy's lines, and the chairman of the
committee st»ys to-day's meeting i« to be
followed up by county meetings all over
trie State and that in twenty days there
will be a decided anu palpable change in
the uttiturt' ;' silver men in this
State; thea th * of their propa
ganda will be decisively checked.
Senator Sherman occupied about forty
five minutes in reading his speech. He
Mr. Chairman and Fellow-Citizens: A citi
zen of Ohio has been selected by the Republi
can National Convention as the candidate for
President of the United States, and we are
here to ratify and support his nomination. I
We take pride in William McKinley, not only
for the honor conferred upon Ohio by the con
vention, but because we know him to be fitted
for that great office. We know that since his
boyhood his life has been pure and stainless,
that as a soldier in the Union army he was
brave ami loyal; that as a member of Congress
for many years he exhibited tje highest men
tal traits and rendered great services to his
country, and that as Governor of Ohio he
proved his capacity to perform difficult execu
Another tack and another attempt
got her around the turn, and she started
toward the south, with the Fawn showing
her fleet heels far down the stretch, and
7 minutes 3 seconds ahead.
Both vessels flew all their light sails, ex
cept spinnaker, making a beautiful run
along the water front, and the other
yachts crowding around. The big Emer
ald, loaded with Alamedans, tore along
after the Fawn, her people hooting loudly
for their cup-defender every fathom she
The Fawn turned the Hunters Point
stake 9 minutes 32 seconds ahead, show
ing that the Catherine had lost 2 minutes
and 29 seconds ruuuing almost dead be
fore the wind.
The Encinai snatched in her balloon as
she whirled in the turn and started back
to Mission Rock under mainsail, jib and
gafftopsail close hauled. It was thought
that the Catherine would make up her
lost time on the wind and possibly bring
the cup from over the bay. The Fawn
failed to make the Mission stake, though
stie lay close to the wind, and had to make
a short lug to windward. She then paid
off so near the stakeboat's bowsprit that
the Encinal sympathizers aboard the fol
lowiner craft held their breaths.
To touch the stake would have lost, but
Captain Rossi ter hauled in his main boom
to clear the other vessel, and then, as he
filled away for the home-run, spread his
spinnaker. It wns a handsome spectacle,
the dainty sloop going free with her white
billows of cloth wing and wing, her clean
heels aspring over the bay.
Tlie Catherine also crowded on her sail,
but she could not catch the Encinal de
fender with the appropriate name. Be
tween Hur.ters Point stake and home she
lost 2 minutes 49 seconds more, and when
she crossed the line she lost the
Perpetual Challenge Cup by 6 minutes
and 19 seconds, corrected time.
tive duties. And he had the higher claim
upon us that during all his active life he has
been a faithful and able Republican, thor
oughly in sympathy with the principles of the
Republican party. That party, however, does
not rest its claims to your confidence merely
upon the merits of its candidates, but upon
the roundness of its public policy, its meas
ures and its alms.
It so happens that during the coming Presi
dential election there will be submitted to
your judgment two questions. Both silver
and tariff are vital questions of domestic
policy of equal importance, but I propose on
Ihis occasion to confine my remarks mainly to
what is known as the free coinage of silver at
the ratio of 16 parts of silver to 1 of gold.
Gold and silver coins are recognized by nil
commercial nations of the world as the best
standards of value as the measure of every
article of desire, of everything that is bought
or sold. These two measures not only measure
all other things, but they measure each other.
Their relative value constantly changes.
Twenty-three yearsago sixteen ounces of silver
were worth more than one ounce of gold. Now
thirty-one ounces of silver can be bought by
one ounce of gold. This fluctuation of value
cannot be prevented by law. It is beyond the
reach of legislation. It is caused by the
changed demand for and the increasing supply
of these metals from the mines.
In 1792 silver and gold were made the com
mon standards of value in the United States
at the ratio of 15 to 1, but this was because
the actual market value of fifteen ounces of
silver was equal to the actual market value of
one ounce of gold. At that time neither gold
nor silver was found in any considerable
quantity in the thirteen States then forming
the Union. When the new American coins
were issued it was found ttiat the abrased or
worn coins of other countries filled the chan
nels of circulation and the new and bright
dollars of the United States were exported.
This led to the discontinuance in 1306, by
President Jefferson, of the coinage of the silver
dollar, and after that date none were coined
for more than thirty years. This order of
Jefferson. I suppose, would be called by our
Populistic friends "the crime of 1806." In
the meantime France ana other countries
adopted the ratio of fifteen and a half ounces
of silver as the equivalent of one ounce of
gold. To avoid this embarrassing change
England, in 1816, adopted gold as the single
standard in that country and silver as sub
sidiary- coin.
In 1834, during the administration of Presi
dent Jackson and under the leadership of
Daniel Webster and Thomas H. Beuton, Con
gress adopted the ratio of 16 ounces of silver
to 1 of gold by reducing the number of grains
in the gold coin. As silver was thus slightly
undervalued it was not largely coined. Silver
John D. Spreekels Files His
Answer in That
Why a Bold Rogue Had Four
Teeth Knocked Down
His Throat.
The Whole Vile Story of H. F. Marshall's Dastardly
Attempt at Extortion Now Made
Public by the Man Who Was
Selected as the Victim.
The law firm of Del mas & Shortridge yesterday tiled the answer of John D,
Bpreckela in the suit of Marshall against Spreckels. Marshall sued Mr. Spreckela
for $50,000 damages for hitting him in the mouth with his fist and knocking his front
teeth down his throat.
Mr. Spreckels was asked last night by a reporter as to the facts of the case. He
said he had nothing to add to the matter contained in his answer filed in the court.
Whatever ne had done had been done in reply to an attempt to blackmail him, and
he had resented it as any other honest man would have done.
"When this charge against me came up several months ago I denounced it as
absolutely false. It was simply a tissue of lies. When I was attending the National
Republican Convention in St. Louis my attention was called to the suit by the
editor of the Bacramento Bee, and I denounced the whole story as untrue. My
statement wa-» given publicity throupn the columns of the Bee, and everybody who
read it understood the animus of the matter."
In the Superior Court of the State of California, in and for the City and Connty ol
San Francisco.
H. F. Marshall, plaintiff, vs. John D. Spreckels. defendant. No. 55,601. Answer.
Comes now the above-named defendant, and answering to the complaint of the
above-named plaintiff,
Said defendant denies that on the 14th day of April, 1896, at the City an.d County
of San Francisco, or at any other lime or place, he, with great or any, force and vio
lence, or ai all assaulted and attacked, or assaulted or attacked the plaintiff.
Saia detendant avers that at said time and place he had reason to believe, and did
in fact believe, the plaintiff had the intent to commit a public offence and felony; that
plaintiff did then and there attempt to commit a felony, and that he assaulted
Said defendant admits that, thereupon, he struck the plaintiff, and avers that he
used only neessary force to protect and defend himself from wrongful injury then,
impending anil threatened by the plaintiff.
Said defendant denies that he violently and brutally struck the plaintiff, or that
he brutally struck the plaintiff, or that he struck him any more violently, or witn any
greater force than was necessary to resist the plaintiff's then present attempt to com*
mit a public offence and a felony.
As to the allegations in the said complaint to the effectthat the defendant beat the
plaintiff, breaking his teeth and cutting the skin of his face, the defendant has no in
formation or belief upon the subject sufficient to enable him to answer thereto, and
placing his denial upon that ground, denies that plaintiff's teeth were broken or that
the skin of his face or any other portion of his body was cut by defendant.
Said defendant denies that he did kick plaintiff with great or any force in tha
back or in any other part or parts of the body, or at all.
Said defendant denies that he attacked plaintiff, and denies that his striking plain*
could be coined In France at the ratio of \b\4
to 1, and the owner of silver bullion could
send It to France and have it converted into
coin at that ratio, thus receiving about 3 per
rent more for his bullion than if coined at the
American ratio of 16 to 1. Gold became the
only American coin in circulation, and the
avowed purpose of the passage of the law of
1834 was to make gold the standard. This
• was declared by the committee of the House of
Representatives who had charge of the bill,
who said in their report:
"The committee thinks that the desideratum
in the monetary system is a standard of uni
form value. It cannot ascertain that both
metals have ever circulated simultaneously,
concurrently and indiscriminately In any
country where there are banks or money
dealers, and the conviction Is entertained that
the nearest approach to an invariable standard
is its establishment in one metal, which metal j
shall compose exclusively the currency for
large payments."
This law, heartily approved by Andrew
Jackson, would now be called the "crime of
1834." In 1853, upon the reDort of Senator
Hunter, when Pierce was President, and when
all branches of the Government were under
Democratic control, Congress reduced the
quantity of silver in fractional coins (naif
dimes, dimes, quarters and half dollars), more
than 6 per cent, directed the purchase of the
silver for their coinage on Government ac
count, abolished the law foi their free coinage,
and made them a legal tender for $5 only,
leaving gold still practically the only full legal
tender United States coin. At this time the
silver dollar, which had disappeared from the
current coins oi the United State', was practi
cally ana purposely demonetized. This, I
suppose, would now be called the "crime of
1853." Silver was practically demonetized by
this act and the act of 1834.
It is certain that from 1801, when Mr. Jef
ferson became President, to the close of
Buchanan's administration in 1861, the Dem
ocratic party was a gold party, opposed to sil
ver and all forms of paper money. When the
Republican party came into power in 1861 by
the election of Mr. Lincoln it had to face a
formidable rebellion. Gold and silver were
alike banished from circulation and irredeem
able paper money of all denominations, from
10 cents to $1000, was substituted in place of
coin. When the war was over the Republican
party sought to restore si>ecie payments as soon
as practicable. In March, 1869, it pledged the
faith of the Nation to payment in coin or its
equivalent of all bonds of the United States
and to redeem the United States notes at the
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