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Supporters Journey From
Many Sections to
Commercial Men and Kentucki
ans Among the Most Con
Men of All Classes Eager for the Re
turn of Prosperity to the
United States.
CAKTON, Ohio, Oct. 10.— The campaign
here reached its highest pitch of excite
ment to-day. Delegations have been
marching throng b the streets all day and
it was after midnight when the last en
thusiastic political pilgrims left town. The
visitors here to-day numbered more than
22,000 and several thousand persons were
not able to reach Canton for tbe reason
that the railways did not have cars enough
to transport them. Major McKinley made
twenty speeches, a greater number than
he had ever delivered in a single day.
Nine States were represented by delega
Delegations began to arrive in Canton
as early as half-pas; 4 o'clock this morning.
The echoing tread of the departing Con
federate veterans had hardly died away
before the shouts of fresh arrivals were
heard. The lirst comers before daybreafc
were from Labanon. Pa. They were fol
lowed a few hours later by large delega
tions from other towns in Pennsylvania,
Kentucky, New York and Indiana.
At 9:30 Major McKinley received the
delegations from Lebanon and Reading
and also a large delegation from Lansing,
Mich. On behalf of the Pennsylvania
visitors, Gabriel Moyer of Lebanon made
a stirring speech. D. A. Ainger, Deputy
Auditor-General of Michigan, spoke for
the delegation from that State. Both del
egations were uncommonly enthusiastic
and cheered the candidate with vehemence
when he appeared on the porch. Major
McKinley addressed the three delegations
at once.
Tbe three delegations had scarcely left
the yard before a delegation from Rock
Island, Hi., numbering 200, and the Haid
ware Sftnnd-morrey Club of Reacting?, Pa.,
marched in. Major J. R. Kenney of Read
ing spoke for the hardware men, and bis
address was one of the most polished that
' has been beard from the spokesmen for
visiting delegations.
E. D. Sweeney of Rock Island delivered
a carefully considered speech for his dele
gation and assured Major McKinley that
Illinois would give him more than 60,000
plurality. Major McKinley addressed the
iwo delegations.
It vras a fine delegation from Louisville,
Ky.. that came swinging up the street
behind an excellent hand a* 10:30 o'clock
to call on Major McKinley. Each man
carried a cane, from the end of which de
pended a twist of leaf tobacco and a small
brown ]ug. This was the first delegation
from Kentucky to visit Canton. It num
bered 500, and had to ride all night to get
here. The whoie City Council of Louis-
Tilie and all the municipal officers were
with the delegation. It is the first time in
the nistory of Kentucky that Louisville
has had a Republican Council, and much
was made of that fact in a pleasant way
Ma\ or George D. Todd made an eloquent
speech for the Louisville delegation, and
John Barnett spoke lor the Fidelity Re
publican Club, which accompanied it.
To the Louisville delegation Major Mc-
Kinley said:
I appreciate this call from the citizens of a
neighboring State. We are only divided by
the Ohio, but in sentiment, in purpose and in
hope this year nothing can divide us. [Ap
plause.] With the great bridges between Cin
cinnati and Covingtou, instead of two cities
we now have one, and, -while they are under
different management, they are both under
the same flag— the glorious old stars and
stripes. [Vociferous yelling.] We are the
closest of neighbors and therefore ought to be
the best of friends.
I cannot refrain from congratulating the
men nere assembled, Republicans and Demo
\ crats, on the signal victory they achieved last
L year in the election of Governor Bradley to
ihe chief executive office of the State. [Ap
It fu given to your State, and it has been
given to a few commonwealths, to be the first
to lead in the fight for honest money and tbe
gold standard. Your campaign, as I recall it,
was waged to a very great degree upon the
lines of the present National campaign. Great
prominence was given to the question whether
the free and unlimited coinage of silver should
receive the approval of the people of Ken
tucky, or whether the present monetary
standard and financial oystem of the United
Statesshould be continued. Your distinguished
Governor contributed much to illuminate the
subject, and to help to a rightful settlement of
that question. He was aided by leading Dem
ocrats of tbe State, both in direction and in the
final battle of the ballots, which ended so
triumphantly for the cause for which he stood,
and the cause for wnich all of us stand as a
National party thia year. [Cheers.]
To Kentuckians, therefore, the question
would seem to be closed, for it can hardly be
doubted that tbe verdict which she rendered
in that memora-oie campaign will be repeated
this year with even greater and more signal
force. [Loud cries of "You bet it will" and ap
plause.] You are to be congratulated that you
have in the great office of the Secretary of the
Treasury a distinguished citizen of your
State, the Hon. John G. Carlisle, whose devo
tion to sound money has been demonstrated
by high courage and whose stand for the
credit and honor of the country commands al
most universal praise. It is a singular fact,
gentlemen, that the Chicago Democratic Con
vention makes tbe chief assault, not against
the Republican party, but against their own
administration [great laughter and ap
rtlause] and the high public officials who are
•fr^cutiug its great offices. They make no as
sp t against the Republican doctrine of pro
tection, which Henry Clay so long and so
ably supported, and in none of- their speeches
do they suggest how they will raise the neces
sary revenue to run the Government.
They assail the administration for issuing
bonds to preserve the country's credit. They
declare unalterably against issuing any more
bonds and give no sign of how, with the defi
The San Francisco Call
GENERAL BUTTERWORTH as He Appeared When Launching Boldly Upon His Subject in the Pavilion Last Night.
cient revenues now existing, they will pro
vide the necessary money to pay the expenses
of the Government. As they will not borrow
any money it will be interesting to the elec
tors of this country to know how they intend
to get it. [Laughter and applause.] Whether
by increasing the subjects of internal taxa
tion, whether by a direct tax upon the people
or by an advance of duties upon foreign goods
into the United States; it would seem that
the oeopie ought to be enlightened upon this
subject. They soy they will not question,
much less discuss it, until what they denomi
nate the supreme issue of the free and inde
pendent coinage of the silver of the world
shah be settled.
They must appreciate, if they have given
the subject any study, that the reduction of
the dollar to 52 cents or less would diminish
the value of the money received from duties
on imports and internal taxes in the same
ratio that they reduce the dollar. In such an
event, more revenue will be required. How
will they raise it? Surely no revenue can
come from the mints— no matter how much
silver we might coin, for Its coinage must be
free. [Laughter and applause.] They must
surely know that to coin silver on account of
the Government will require the Government
to buy ailver— and where will they get the
money to buy it? [Great laughter and ap
plause.] The old-fashioned way taught us by
the fathers was to raise money by taxation,
but they have abandoned that doctrine and
propose to resort to the mints of the United
States, but they can't put gold or silver into
the mints of the United States for coinage for
the Government without buying it, and where
will they get the money to buy it? [Laughter
and cheering.]
After criticizing the Democratic plat
form Mr. McKinley asked: "What will
the verdict of Kentucky be as between
the Chicago Democratic platform and'the
St. Louis Republican platform? [A voice:
'Forty thousand for McKinley,' and loud
applause.l We taKe you at your word,
men of Kentucky. We will be quite sat
isfied here in Ohio with 40.000 in Ken
tucky. [Laughter and a voice: 'You will
get it all right.'] I do not believe, my
fellow-citizens, that you will reverse that
splendid verdict for good money and Na
tional honor that you rendered a year
ago, which embraced every part of our
common country. [Great applause.]
When Major McKinley finished speaking
the Louisville people moved forward to
shake hands with him, and at the same
instant some one with a clear, strong voice
struck up "The Old Kentucky Home."
Immediately the whole delegation joined
in and swelled the volume of sweet sound
and song. There were a score of ladies
present, and their voices mingled with the
deeper ones of the men. It was one of the
prettiest incidents ot the campaign, and it
was entirely spontaneous.
Major McKinley made his fourth speech
to forty bishops of the African M. E.
church of Zion. The bishops selected one
of their Dumber, Bishop C. W- Clinton of
Charlotte, N. C, as spokesman. His aa-
Jress to Major McKinley was listened to
with much interest.
A big delegation of commercial travelers
were the next callers. There were 1500
from Mansfield, Ohio, 250 from Indianapo
lis ana 200 from Rochester, N. Y. Major
McKinley addressed them from the stand
in front of the lawn. With the Mansfield
delegation were Colonel Cappeler and
other well-known politicians. The spokes
man for the Mansfield commercial travel
ers was L- R. Dromberger; for the Roch
ester contingent J. W. Taylor and for the
Indianapolis travelers J. L. Griffiths. In
addressing the traveling men from three
States Major McKinley said :
It gives me vary great pleasure to welcome
the commercial travelers to my city and home.
I don't know where there could be found any
where a more representative body of American
citizens than among the commercial travelers
of the United States. Their business, possibly
better than any other, registers the depression
or prosperity of the country. Nobody knows
sooner than the commercial traveler whether
times are good or bad [applause]; no class of
men so register the waves of buMness as the
men who stand before me here to-day. You
are interested in your occupations and in hav
ing prosperity extend from one end of the
country to the other. You are interested in
having all of our workshops running, all our
mines in operation, all our wheels in motion
and all our workingmen constantly and profit
ably employed. [Cries of "Good, good," and
"That's right."] You are therefore this year,
possibly more than ever before, interested in
the triumph of the political principles which
envelop the weil-beiug and highest pros
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perity of the American people. You
want to stop unsold goods and un
paid bills. [Great laughter and ap
plause.] You know better than anybody
else that you cannot sell goods to your custom
ers unless your customers can sell goods to the
people-. [Cries of "That's right" and great
applause.] You know that the- peoDle cannot
buy goods unless they have something to do
with which to earn money that they can buy
them. [Cries of "That's right" and great
cheering.] That's what is the matter with the
country. That is the diagnosis of our condi
tion at this hour — business has been stopped,
the wheels of industry are not running, idle
men are on the streets. [A voice 'Thousands
of them."] Many of the manufacturing estab
lishments are closed^tnd you are not doing as
well as you were in 1892. [Cries of "No, sir;
we are uot."] And the best thing I can wish
for each and every one of you is a return to
the splendid prosperity of four years ago. The
money of the country happily is all right.
The Republican party made it all right, and
Grover Cleveland's administration has kept it
good. [Cries of "That's right"]
We propose, my fellow-citizens, to continue
that good, sound, unquestioned, undepreci
ated money with which to do the business of
this great country. [Continuous cheering.]
What a nation we are. Why, in 1860, when
Abraham Lincoln, of blessed memory — the im
mortal hero of emancipation and of the war
when he took control of this Government, the
entire wealth was sixteen billions of dollars.
When Benjamin Harrison went out of office
it was sixty-three billions of dollars, and more
than ',wo-thirds of the great war debt had been
wiped out. Since that time we have been do
ing little but making debts for the Govern
ment and debts for the people. [Laughter.] I
know the value of the commercial traveler.
When he is against you look out. [Great
laughter,] There is no such recruiting-officer
Continued on Second Pago.
Eloquent and Forcible
Speech of Hon. Ben
Lucid Explanation of the Manner
by Which the Value of
Money Is Fixed.
Ringing Speeches by Hon. F. X. Schoonmaker of
New Jersey and by Ex-Senator Charles
N. Felton.
The old pavilion in what waa once
Woodward's Gardens last night resumed
the festal gayety of bygone times, Ben
jamin Butterworth and Francis X. Schoon
maker beine the magnets which attracted
to the historic edifice a cultured and en
thusiastic audience, numbering at the
lowest estimate 3000.
Both speakers are statesmen of well
earned renown, each having a Brilliant
record in Congress, where Mr. Butter
worth represented Ohio and Mr. Schoon
maker New Jersey.
Portraits of McKinley and Hobart,
framed in garlands of fragrant bloom,
graced the walls. The cornice was out
lined with row upon row of fairy globes
iv red, white and bine, while pillars and
gallery railings were festooned with hang
ings of bunting caught up by golden stars
and eagles.
The combined voices of the Knicker
bocker and California male quartets
blended most harmoniously in the
patriotic four-part song, "Freedom, Home
and Native Land," with which the meet
ing opened. As an encore, in response to
a prolonged and enthusiastic recall, the
singers gave "The Fellow I'd Like to
Meet," a campaign song abounding in
home thrusts at the "other fellows" which
called forth much applause.
Charles L. Felton, the chairman, was
received with a round of cheers and spoke
as follows:
Fellow-citizenn: The time draws near when
we as a people are uot only to select the chief
magistrate oi the Nation, but what is quite of
more importunce to decide upon the principles
by which we shnll be governed for the next
four years. We have met to-night to discuss
the political issues of the day and decide in
our own minds upon the policy which we
shall pursue. In my opinion, fellow-citizens,
never but on two great historic occasions, so
memorable as not to need naming, has this
country ever been confronted by more serious
or alarming conditions.
Not only the peace and urosperity of tha
Nation, but the stability of this great Govern
ment is lit stake. Never before in the history
of this great country have we ever witnessed
such an intense rteuression of our mercantile
interests: never before in the history of this
country have we been in that peculiar finan
cial condition which is creating uurest
throughout the length and breadth of the land
as at thU time.
Tbe result is that some millious—approach
ing 2,000,000— 0f citizens are thrown iuto en
forced Idleness. They neither create wealth
nor b&a they consume it, the result being a,
loss to the Nation ; and never can we look for
ward to win that degree of prosperity which
we once enjoyed until something' is done to
set at rest this fear which disturbs the entire
community and put the idle laborers at work.
Fellow-cltiaens, th<? times are serious, in
deed; so serious as to require the calm and set
tled thought of the best and the honest minds;
too serious to indulge iv prejudice or passion;
too serious to inscribe upon the banner of any
party dishonesty and repudiation, because no
political authority can exempt us from follow
ing the old motto which we learned at the fire
side — that honesty is the best. policy.
It now becomes my pleasing duty to intro
duce to you the Hon. Benjamin Butterworth
of Ohio. As his lame has preceded him, it is
sufficient oniy to mention his name in order to
introduce him.
The Hon. Benjamin Bntterworth, on
being introduce!, was greeted with a suc
cession of cheers and bursts of applause.
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