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VOLUME LXXXI.— NO. 37.
SHORTAGE'S STRENGTH GROWS HOURLY, The Perkins Conference Is Held, but Fails to Secure Enough Votes for His Nomination. . This Is Considered a Victory for the Popular Orator and Leader, and His Friends Are Joyful. ► Demonstrations Show That the Bulldozing Tactics of Perkins' Managers Will Not Avail, and That the Honest Legislators of California Will Refuse to Return the Incumbent Senator to Washington. Several Gentlemen Who Attended the Caucus Stated That They Went In With the Understanding That It Was to Be a Friendly Conference of Repub licans, and That Unless There Were Sixty-One Votes They Would Not Be Bound by the Action of the Caucus. They Ex plicitly Said That If the Majority Was to Bind Them They Would Not Attend. SACRAMENTO, Cal., Jan, s.— Senator Perkins' ships did not come in last night. They were caught in a gale and were stranded on a bleak and rocky shore. All that could be mustered was fifty-seven votes, and not another one was in sight. The crew are completely demoralized and hardly know where to look for shore. , Scores of people visited the headquarters of Samuel M. Shortridge to night and congratulated him upon the splendid victory which he had achieved. PERKINS MEN ROUTED. They Line Up In Caucus, but Do Not Have Enough Votes to Nominate. SACRAMENTO. Cal., Jan. s.— The Per kins forces lined up in caucus to-nipht and were utterly routed. Instead of the siaty-three or sixty-four votes which they boasted they had the rollcall showed only fifty-seven, four less than the necessary majority, and one of those votes was a proxy. When the members of the caucus filed out of the room into the crowded lobby their faces wore a smile sicklied o'er by the pale cast of disappointment, and in order to cover their confusion they an nounced that they had received sixty votes and that they could get a few more when ever they wanted them. It was a great victory for the opposition and it showed a part of the strength of the contestant, Samuel M. Shortridge. The Perkins adherents utterly failed to get. a majority of the Legislature to attend or ' abi'ie by the caucus. They had been j workine for days and nights with a full and well trained corps of political whip pers-in. They had run through the Capitol building, they had ransacked the hotels, the sidewalKs, the saloons, they had even j gone to private houses; they had gath ered, corraled, bulldozed, cajoled, prom ised to do everything and anything in or der to gather together a suriicient number of Republicans to nominate Mr. Perkins, yet while they worked the strength of Mr. Shortrid c was gaining. For months they had traveled up and down theßtate, attending county conven tions, political meetings and visiting leg islators before and after election to gain recruits for ti.eir rasn. They had the Ex aminer and tbe Record-Union at their backs and despite all their well-directed and most desperate efforts, Mr. Shortridge succeeded in blocking the caucus and in preventing a majority vote for his op ponent. It is hailed with joy by the friends of Mr. Shortridge as a decisive Victory, not withstanding the bulldozing and misreD Mr' Lynch, Speaker Leon Dennery. Sig Eetman's Smile. Mr. Markley, Secretary of the Last House. Board of Examiners. The Call resentations of the other side. They are in hiih feather to-night and are receiving congratulations on every bund. It Had been announced early in the day that sixty-three or sixty-four legis:ators had signed the call for the caucus and that their choice was Senator Perkins, but only fifty-seven vo'es were the pro ceeds of toe caucus. After the adjourn ment a roilcall was exhibited to the mem bers of the press purporting to represent sixty votes. Senator Gleaves was selected as chair man of the caucus and Assemblyman Bel shaw as secretary. When the object of the meeting had been stated Judge Way mire of Alameda arose and said that he appeared there as a Republican and in the interest of harmony and the success of the Republican party. "We nave eainea a great victory in this State and Nation for that grand party and the peerless statesman, William McKin ley," he said, "and it now rests with the Republicans elected by the people to fit tingly carry out tbe good purpose of the Republican party by electing some dis tinguished Republican as the next Repub lican Senator. We have met here for the purpose of considering the first steps to that end. I appear here as I always have j appeared — as tbe friend of Senator fer kins, and I am pleased to say, also, that I am here as the friend of every leading gentleman who aspires to the high and honorable position of Senator, and in the interest of the Republican party to pro mote that harmony which is needed for future success. "I am advised by leading members of the Lepislature and by citizens through out tbe State that it would be unwise for us to take any hasty action in this impor tant matter. I therefore think it wise that we should take a short adjournment, al Jeast until to-morrow evening, that all the aspirants for the office of Senator may have an opportunity of presenting their claims to the members of this body. I beiieve this postponement would create harmony and would redound 1o the honor and the interest of Senator Perkins ana 1 his friends, and particularly to the party SAN FRANCI«CO, WEDNESDAY MORNING, JANUARY 6, 1897. whose representatives *ye are. I therefore move that this body adjourn until to morrow evening at 8 o'clock, and in doing this I aim only, as I have indicated be fore, to bring harmony out of discord, and to unite solely for one man and with the concurrence of the entire body of Repub licans represented in both branches of the Legislature. I have voted for Benator Perkins before, and took an active part in his election, and I think that no man can accuse me here of not having proved in the most unmistakable manner my friend ship for him. "1 have been complimeuted by many members of the House and Senate by sug gesting my name fora Dosition in the Cabinet. I desire to assure you all that I highly appreciate this honor. If 1 can in any way aid in the organization and per petuation of the Republican party and its principles, and purely in the interest of hnrmony in the party, and without any selfish motive whatever, I assume my present attitude in this matter." Cutter of Yuba opposed the motion to adjourn and made a long s, eech. He said that there was not a Republican pres-. ent who was not there in behalf of Senator Perkins. Why should they delay the nomination any longer. I: was the wish of tne people of California that the Re publican representatives stiould vote for him. It was their wi«h and their will, re peated Mr. Cutter. He did not believe in postponing action for even one minute. "We all know," he added, "t.. at there are other candidates who wou'd be glad to see the election of Senator Perkins pre vented, and this delay, in my opinion, i? simply for the purpose of saving time for the benefit of the opposition, it is the will of the people of this State, and if the Republicans who have chosen not to at tend this caucus knowing as they do that it is the people's will, and do not choose to vote for him, well and good." Other Bpeakers followed, and the mo tion for postponement having failed of passage Senator Perkins was placed in nomination, and tbe roll was called, re suiting in 57 votes, including the proxy of Sims to Ennis. SAMUEL M* SHORTRIDGE, the Candidate for United States Senator, Whose Election Would Promote Harmony in the Republican Party and Be a Credit to the State of California* Then some one said that they ought to have sixty votes, and it was accordingly eiven out to the pross as sixty votes for Senator Perkins — not enough to elect him. When the news became known on the out side, scores of people — legislators and others — nocked to Samuel M. Ehortridge's heail quarters in the Golden Eagle Hotel to tender him their congratulations. The Perkins people count upon one or two more votes, but these have been al ready gathered in by Mr. Sbortridge and the outlook is rather bleak for them. The coup d'etat by which the majority of the caucus was blocked, and in fact broken up, is the talk of the street to-night. JACKSON A BULLDOZER. Peculiar Insult to Judsre Waymire While He Is Talking to Some Friends. SACRAMENTO, Cal., Jan. 5.— A scene of attempted bullciozin ? without a paral lel for intrusion was witnessed by a num ber of centlemen who were standing in a little alcove of the State Capitol rotunda at 8:30 o'clock this evening. Judge James A. Wnymire, Assemblyman from Ala meda, left the Senatorial caucus in the Supreme Court room to confer with H. I. Kowalsky and some of the latter's associ ates. Judge Waymire carve out of the caucus on his own motion and was ex tending bis hand to Charles M. Snort ridge, when Colonel J. P. Jackson brusquely stepped forward, exclaiming in an angry tone to Judge Waymire, 'If you want to see me you must ?ee me now, as I am busy nnd going upstairs." Jud^e Waymire replied in a mild and gentlemanly manner that he had come out to ?peak to his friends, pointing to Charles M. Shortridgc, Fremont Oider, managing editor of the Bulletin, and Col onel H. I. Kowolsky. Colonel Jackson waved his hand impressively toward the caticus-room and exclaimed, in a husky and r.ngry tone: "If you hare anything to say to me, speak at once and go back." Judge Waymire protested that the amenities of politics required him to ex plain. Jackson then became more ex cited, and, in an impatient manner, re plied : "If you want to maintain your self respect you will go back to the caucus. You have nnly two minutes to decide." Judge Waymire is a highly sensitive man, yet slow to wrath, but he smarted under the lash of the Perkins whip as Jackson cracked it over his head and about his oars. The insult was more than he could endure, and he sepmed to be ready to spring at his insulter. He shook his finger in Jackson's face and retorted: "I will not take any instructions from you, Colonel JacKson." Charles M. Shortridee, not ■wishing to embarrass Judge Waymire, withdrew a few steps, exclaiming: "I do not desire to be a party to any sensation in the lobby." Had the high-minded and self-respect ing Republicans in tne caucus witnessed this unparaFleJed scene of bulldozing as did the gentlemen outside they would have been surprised and grieved. When the Deople of Alameda County read of this remarkable scene they will feel that every man, woman and child of Waymire' s constituency has been griev ously insulted. Tbe incident is not over drawn or highly colored. It was witnessed by a number of spectators. DONE IN THE SENATE. Approval of the Resolution Asking for Protection on California Fruits. SAC-KAMENTO, Cal., Jan. s.— The Senate convened promptly at 10 o'clock, and Rev. Mr. Miel delivered the first prayer of the session. Immediately thereafter Senator An drous presented a joint resolution to in struct the Congressional delegation at Washington to urge the incorporation in the'tnriff bill now being prepared by the Congressional committee of a provision which will afford protection to California iruits from foreign competition and se cure a home market at reasonable prices. In order that there might be no delay, the Congressional committee being In session at Washington to-day, the reso lution was adopted without reference. It was sent to the Assembly to be adopted by that body and telegraphed at once to Senators and members of the House. The Senate then adjourned to 11:30. The Governor's message was read in the Senate and made the special order for 10 o'clock 10-morrow. The temporary committee on mileace and attaches was niimed, consisting of Holloway, Bull and Henderson. The Senate then adjourned to 10 o'clock to-morrow. EDITOR SCIPIO CRAIG Docs the Lobby Act, PRICE FIVE CENTS. WORK IN THE ASSEMBLY. Resolutions Asking- Congress to Oppose the Refunding Scheme Are Passed. SACRAMENTO, Cal., Jan. s.— The As sembly settled down to business without