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Obscure Expressions of the
Nebraskan Forcibly
Why the Laboring Classes Will
Not Be Benefited by the
False Doctrine.
Attempts of the Silver Bourbons and Populists to
Enlist Farmers in a Conspiracy to Reduce
the Wages of Workmen Cannot
Be Successful.
YORK, N. V., Aug. 18.— The mass-meet
ing of tie Democratic Honest Money
League was held this evening under the i
most favorable auspices. The weather j
was ail that couid be desired — clear and |
delightfully cool — ami thousands upon j
thousands of persons turned out to hear
Hon. W. Bourke Cockrau's reply to Uie j
speech of William Jennings Bryan, de
livered in the same amphitheater last ]
Wednesday night.
The arrangements for ths meeting were j
on a most elaborate and almost perfect I
"cfile and the trouble and tumult outside
the garden, which marked the Bryan
demonstration, were entirely lacking. The
police arrangements were practically the
Bime as on the occasion of the Bryan
meeting. Acting Chief Courtright was j
the commanding officer of the police force,
and was early on band with fully 500 uni
formed men. It was not found necessary !
to block the streets surrounding the gar- ;
den, as on the former occasion, and when
the doors were thrown open the crowd as
sembled gradually and without any per- ]
ceptible contusion. The Sixty-ninth Regi- i
ment band rendered a number of National !
airs, while the audience filed in.
Every man, woman and child who en
tered was given a small American flag and
a leaflet containing the words of the
"Star- spangled Banner" and "America."
These songs were rendered by a double
quartet, in which the vast assemblage as- :
sisted. The small American flags played ;
a prominent part later in the evening, j
when they were waved vigorously and ■
with charming effect by the vast audience
when it gave vent to its enthusiasm at
some of the many points made by Mr.
Cockran in the course of his speech. The
decorations in the great hall were far more
profuse than those of the Bryan meeting.
The platform, which was considerably
larger than that used last week, was taste
fully dressed in the National colors. On
it, besides Major John Byrnes, president
of the Democratic Honest Money League,
who called the meeting to order; Hon.
Perry Beimont, the permanent chairman
of the meeting, and Hon. W. Bourke
Cockran, the speaker of the evening, there
were a host of prominent Democrats of
National and local renown and a large
number of the vice-presidents of the meet
Included in the latter were the follow
ing: John T. Agnew, S. Butler, Boston;
W. Bayard Cutting, John K. Cowan, Bal
timore; Charles A. Conant, Boston; Paul
Dana, Charles A. Dana, Charles S. Fair
child, George Gray, Wilmington, Del.;
John C. Buliitt. Philadelphia; Roawell P.
Flower, E. L. Godkin, Eldridge T. Gerry,
Abram S. Hewitt, Horatio C. King, St.
Clair McKelway, Charles E. Miller, Wil
liam B. Hornblower; John A. McCall,
A. K. McClure, Philadelphia; Herman
Oelrichas, Oswald Ottendorfer, J. Edward
Simons, William M. Singerley, Philadel
phia; J. H. Outhwaite, Ohio; Wheeler
Peckham, Carl Schurz, J. Kennedy Tod,
Spencer Trask, John DeWitt Warner,
William C. Whitney, John D. Benton,
North Dakota, and a number of others.
At 7:45 the garden rapidly filled. As
persons prominent in political and busi
ness life came in and were recognized by
the assemblage the spectators manifested
their enthusiasm with cheers and other
forms of applause.
Eighty-three hundred chairs had been
placed in the arena of the great audi- j
torium. This arrangement swelled the ;
seating capacity of the building to about I
18,000. At 8:25, when Mr. Cockran camel
in, every seat was occupied. With Mr.
Cockran were: General Lloyd Brice, Hon.
Perry Beimont, ex-Mayor Cooper, Horace
White, John C. Tomlinson, John Mack Jr.,
Mrs. Cooper Hewitt, Mrs. Creary and Mrs.
Brice. The party was escorted by Major
Byrne. Mr. Cockran was received with
prolonged cheers. Major Byrne imme
diately advanced to the front of the plat
form, and when at 8:30 order was re
stored he called the meeting to order in
a brief speech. He was heartily ap- '
plauded throughout. When he named j
Hon. Perry Beimont as chairman the i
cheering was renewed.
Mr. Beimont advanced slowly to the i
front of the platform, and when the ap- J
plause which greeted him ceased, he began j
his speech in a slow and deliberate man
ner. Mr. Beimont said :
"This is a time for very plain speaking.
We want no victory under a false flag.
The Democratic standard was supplanted
at Chicago by the rag of the Populists,
which we firmly refuse to follow to the
disgrace of the Nation. We are Democrats
and we represent Democrats who intend
to remain Democrats, refusing ever to sur
render the honored name of our party to
the Populists. The fusion of 16 to 1 inde
pendent free silver men, Populists and so
called Bryan Democrats is complete. Some
of their leaders attempt to disguise the
fusion, but they dare not dispute its ex
istence, for they depend on votes of the
fusionists. The opening of the mints to
the independent, unlimited coinage of fiat
silver dollars is but an intermediate stage ;
the employment of the Government print
ing presses for the issue of fiat money is
the ultimate aim of the fusion party."
Continuing, Mr. Beimont said:
"At the conference at Washington of the
fiat silver organization last January the
Populist claim was recognized, and if free
coinage should not yield enough of fiat
silver then greenbacks would be issued.
The fiat silver party thereby abandoned
the hard-money contention put forth by
Exact size and shape of a piece of gold ore in the possession of Charles Peach* It is about three inches thick
and it is estimated that it contains about $240 Worth or Precious Metal.
Mr. Bland years ago that the quantity of
gold and silver coined under free coinage
should be the teat of the volume of Gov
ernment currency and that Cougress
should have no other control over the
issue of full, legal-tender money. That
was the real reason Mr. Bryan was pre
ferred over Mr. Bland at the contention.
Mr. Bland was not enough of a Populist.
The candidate chosen has been and is a
Populist. He himself announced that he
is not a Democrat."
Mr. Beimont trusted that the Demo
cratic party in the State of New York in
this crisis woulu hold faithfu'ly to the
attitude it a-sumed at the Chicago con
vention. It would be monstrous, he said,
to suppose anything else. That attitude
was oue of uncompromising opposition to
A voice, interrupting — How are you for the working classes ?
Mr* Bryan — You take what I have said and what I have done and let the
thinking people decide* — From the press report of Bryan's speech at Poughkeepsie,
N* Y v on Monday last*
to what delegates announced as an attacic :
upon social order. But even if every Slate !
convention in the Union, including New
York, should declare lor the Chicago can- i
didate. they would lose their Democratic
The issue, stripped of all verbiage and
sophistry, of all sectionalism and preju- |
dice, is now as it was before the nomina
tion of Mr. Bryan, one of morals, one of
honesty. He would not question the mp
tives of any one, nor say that ali the sup
porters of this extraordinary movement i
were intentionally dishonest.
"But to speak plainly," said he, "I do say
that behind them are unscrupulous men !
and a crude and flimsy free silver litera-
frure, clearly dishonest in purpose, for they
lead directly to repudiation, to fiat money,
the degradation of the Supreme (pourt by
political control, an unconstitutional im
pairment of the obligations and interfer
ence with the freedom of contracts, a reck
less attack upon our National and mone
tary integrity, as well as upon our whole
system of commercial credit."
At one point in his speech, where he
was particularly severe on Populistc and
Populism, in which category he included
Mr. Bryan, a number of hisses were heard,
but these were quickly drowned out by
the counter cheers of the majority of the
Mr. Beimont concluded hia remarks at
8:45 and then introduced the speaker of
the evening, Hon. W. Bourke Gockran.
The vast auditorium was linmediaiaiy in
an uproar and th« ovation of the nigUt
was tendered the ex-Congressman. Men
and women stood in their places and
cheered themselves hoarse, at the same
time waving small American flags vigor
ously. When the cheering had subsided
in a measure the New York Glee Club be
gan to sing the "Star-Spangled Banner."
The audience joined in and helped oat
the chorus.
Mr. Cockran at length secured order and
plunged at once into bis subject— his reply
to Mr, Bryan's speech. Mr. Cockran said:
Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen, fellow-
Democrats: With the inspiring strains of that
National song still ringing in our ears wno
I can doubt the issue of this campaign? [Ap
planse.] That issue has been well stated by
j your presiding; officer. Stripped, as he says, of
all verbal disguise, it is an issue of common
honesty [applause], an issue between the hon
est discharge and the dishonest repudiation
of public and private obligations
It is a question as to whethar the powers of
this Government shall be used to protect hon
est industry or to tempt the citizens to dishon
esty. On this question honest men cannot
differ. [Applause.] It is one of moral* and of
justice. It involves the existence of social
order. It i? the contest for civilization Itself.
If it be disheartening to Democrat* and the
I lovers of free institutions to find an issue of
this character projected into a Presidential
campaign this meeting furnishes us witn an
inspiring truth of how that issue will be met
by the people. [Applause.] A Democratic
convention may renounce the Democratic
faith, bat the Democracy remains faithful to
Democratic principles. [Applnuse.] Demo
cratic leaden may betray a convention to the
Populists, but they cannot seduce the foot
steps of Democratic voters from the pathway
of honor and of justice. [Applause.] A candi
aate bearing the mandate of a Democratic con
vention may in this hall open a canvass
leveled against the foundations of social order
and he beholds the Democratic masses con
fronting him on the ground of defense. [Ap
Fellow-Democrats, let us not disguise from
ourselves the fact that we bear in this contest
a serious and grave and solemn burden of
duty. We must raise our hands against the
nominee of our party, and we must do it to
preserve the future of that party itself. [Ap
plause.] We must oppose the nominee of the
Cnicago convention, and we know full well
that the success of our opposition will mean
our own exclusion from public life, but we
will be consoled and gratified by the reflection
tbat it will prove that the American people
cannot be divided into parties on a question of
simple morals or of common honesty. [Ap
plause-] We would look In vain through the
speach delivered here one week ago to find a
true statement of the issue involved in this
canvass. [Laughter.] Indeed, I believe it is
doubtful if the candidate himself q-iite under
stands the nature of the faith which he pro
fesses. [Laughter.] I say this not In criticism
of his ability, but in justice to his morality.
[Laughter.] I believe that if he himself under
stood the inevitable consequences of the doc
trines which he preaches that his hands would
be the very first to tear down the platform on
which he stands. [Applause.]
But there was one statement in that speech
which was very far from ambiguity, pregnant
witn hope and confidence to the lovers oi
order. He professes his unquestioned belief
in the honesty of the American masses and he
quoted Abraham Lincoln in support of the
faith that was in him. Well, I don't believe
that the faith of Abraham Lincoln was ever
more significantly justified than in the appear
ance which Mr. Bryan presented upon this
platform in the changes that have come over
the spirit and the tone of Populißtic eloquence
since the Chicago convention. We all must
remember that lurid rhetoric which glowed as
fiercely in the Western skies as that sunlight
which through the past week foretold tha tor
rid heat of the ensuing day, and here upon
this platform we find that some rhetoric as
mild, as insipid as the waters of a stagnant
pool. He is a candidate who was swept into
the nomination by a ware of popular enthu
siasm, awakened by appeals to prejudice and
greed. He is a candidate who, on bis trip
home and in the initial steps of his trip east
ward, declared that this was a revolutionary
movement; who no sooner found himself face
to face with the American feeling than he re
alized that this soil is not propitious to revo
The people of this country will not change
the institutions which have stood the tests and
experiences of a century* for institutions based
upon the fantastic dreams of Populist agita
tors. The American Nation will never con
sent to a substitute for the Republic of
Washington, of Jefferfon and of Jackson for
the republic of an Altgeld, a Tiliman or a
Bryan. [Applause.] Now, my friends, I have
eeid there was one statement of great signifi
cance in Mr. Bryan's speech. There is another
portion of it which is singulagly free from any
obscurity, and that may be comprised within
the two initial paragraphs where he talks logi
cally, consistently, plainly, the language of
revolution. Whatever change may have come
over his manner as a candidate, however much
the vehemence of his eloquence may have
been reduced, two things for which he stands
remain unaltered. On this platform he de
fends the most revolutionaay plank oi the Chi
cago convention in speech less vehement but
not lesft earnest than that in which he sup
ported their adoption. On this platform he
defended the Populistic progarame of over
throwing the integrity of the Supreme Court.
If there be any truit which has grown, for the
benefit of all mankind out of the establish
ment of our Republic it has been the demon
stration that it is possible by the organization
of an Independent tribunal to safeguard the
rights of every cittzen and protect those nat
ural privileges against any invasion from
whatever source or however powerful might
be the antagonizing elements. [Applause.]
The very existence oi that power presupposes
» the existence of an independent tribunal-
Yet we have this Populist convention, because
a Populist meiuiure was condemned as uncon
stitutional, proposing not to amend the con
stitution in toe ordinary way prescribed by
that instrument itself, but proposing to pack
the court, to reorganize it (he used the lan
■ gaage of the platform itself), so that it will
j pronounce chose laws to be constitutional
j which the constitution iisejf condemns— a pro
-1 poaal to make the courts of law instruments of
( lawlessness; to violate that sacred pact be
tween tfce States, on which the security of
this Nation rests; to profane the temple
erected for its protection by (he hauds of false
I priests, who, though sworn to defend it, will
! be appointed to destroy it. [Great applause.]
In the time to which I must confine myself
i to-night I enn do nothing but examine that
| one question which Bryan himself declares to
H. Helfrich, the Man "Who Discovered the Most Valuable Gold Ore
Ever Found in California.
f Sketched from life by a "CaU" artist.]
be the overshadowing issue of this campaign.
I am a little puzzled when I read this speech I
to decide just what Mr. Bryan imagines will be j
the fruit of a change in the standard of value ]
throughout this country. I do not believe
that any man can follow wholly with the
speech, because if be dissents from one set of
conclusions he has got to rea.d but a few para
graphs and he will find another of a different
1 variety. But I assume that it is fair in a dis-
I cussion of this character, independently of
I what Mr. Bryan may say or what Mr. Bryan
! may think himself he stands for, to examine
the inevitable economic effects of a debase
ment of the coinage by a change in the stand
ard by which existing debts are to be meas
ured la a baser measure of value. Now I will
imagine tbat Mr. Bryan himself may believe
that In some way or other he is going to benefit
the toilers of the country. He says he is, but
ihe declines to show us how. [Laughter and
1 applause.]
For my part I am willing to state here that
Lif Mr. Bryan oould show me that by any means ,
known to heaven or known to earth, any means
revealed to the comprehension of man,
wages could be increased, I will be ready to ;
Continued on Second Page.
The Richest Find of Modern
Times Made Near
Amount of Precious Metal in
Sight Estimated at About
Fifteen Millions.
All the Shareholders Are Poor People,
but They Will Become
The one hundred happiest people in San
Francisco to-day are the one hundred
shareholders of the Marguerite mine tbat
is located almost within the city limits of
Auburn, Placer County. They are all com
paratively poor people, and yet they are
carrying around little pieces of "rock"
tbat ranges in value from $10 to $240.
The reason they are doing this is be
cause the greatest gold discovery of mod
ern times was made in tbeir mine last Fri
day morning. So great is the amount of
gold discovered tbat it sounds almost fabu
lous, and were the men who made the find
less reliable and trustworthy citizens their
statements would hardly be believed. But
as well as having the best of reputations,
the men who make the statements also
show some of the finest gold ore ever
taken from the ground.
Like most big gold discoveries the one in
the Marguerite mine was made almost by
accident. The Marguerite mine is really
a part of the Old Salzac that was worked
so profitably in 1860. At the time it
yielded vast amounts of the yellow metal,
but suddenly "petered," and the pro
moters pulled out for Virginia City, little
thinking that within five feet of their
shaft there was a fortune concealed in the
The Old Salzac mine lay abandoned and
half full of water until two years ago,
when the Marguerite Company, at the sug
gestion of Professor Dee trick, bought it.
He had discovered four outcroppings lying
a few hundred feet to the north, and con
cluded tbat if a shaft was sunk about 300
feet and then tunneled so as to meet the
Old Salzac, the tunnel would pass through
the four ledges so that they could be
worked by "sloping." The idea in making
the connection with the Old Salzac was to
provide ventilation.
The shaft and tunnel were sunk as
directed and the tour ledges were found in
tueir proper places. All yielded a good
assay, so that the miners knew they had a
fine piece of property. But what was their
surprise to find the tunnel suddenly strike
a fifth ledge for which there was ,no out*
cropping. Assays of this ledge showed not
less than $300 a ton.
It was then that the miners concluded
to look for the top of the ledge. It was
manifest that it was between the opening
of the «haft of th ■ Old Salzac and the last
lede;e discovered in the tunnel. Over forty
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