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KANSAS CITY. July 2.— Senator Teller
of Colorado was among to-day's arrival?.
He comes to attend the Silver Republican
Convention,, and probably will preside
over its proceedings.. Asked if he thought
the Democratic convention should makt
a specific declaration for the free coinage
of silver at the ratio of 15 to 1, he replied:
"Most 'emphatically I reply that such a
declaration should be made. The demand
for a simple reafflrmatlon of the Chicago
platform.' without other reference to
financial questions, comes from the goM
Democrats, who did not support Bryan In
1SSS. and it Is somewhat doubtful whethe
some who insist upon the pursuance of
this course will support him in 10u>> In
many States west of the Alleghenies thera
are thousands of voters who will support
Bryan and the Democratic party on ac
count of their position on the financial
question. These people believe in the free
coinage of silver at the ratio of 16 to 1
and they will regard a simple reafflrma
tion of the Chicago declaration as an at
tempt to minimize the silver question a*
presented in the Chicago platform. They
will not believe that such an omission is
insisted upon by the gold standard Dem
ocrats for any other purpose than to maka
it appear that the contention for free
silver coinage at 16 to 1 has been aban
doned by the Democratic party. Such 1^
undoubtedly the purpose of the gold ad.
Declares a Retreat on the Sli
ver Issue .Would Mean
Utter Defeat.
KANSaF CITY, July 2.— This is a copy of a message Bent by
Mr. Bryan to-day which, whipped all the veteran party lead
ers into line: -<^.:
"If by any chance the committee on resolutions decides to re
port a platform in which there is not a silver plank there must be
a minority report and a fight on the floor of the convention. I
will come to Kansas City on the fastest train available, make a
fight for silver on the floor of the convention, and then decline to
take the nomination if the convention omits the ratio. This is
This is substantially the silver plank Bryan has drafted for
the platform. It -was the plank read to Hill: "We hereby reaf
firm the platform adopted by the Democratic National Convention
at Chicago in 1896 as a whole and in all its integral parts, and
declare fcr the free and unlimited coinage of silver, without the
aid or conse-.it of any other nation, at the ratio of 16 to 1. W©
demand that the standard silver dollar shall be full legal tender
equally with pold for all dtbts public and private, and we favor
such legislation as will prevent for the future the demonetiza
tion cf any kind of legal tender money by private contracts. We
are opposed to the policy and practice of surrendering to holders
of obligations the United States option reserved by law to the
Government of redeeming such obligations either in silver or
Special Dispatch to The Call.
ANSAS CITY. July :.-Il!chard j
Croker to-day plunged tJ> Vice j
K Presidential situation into still j
greater confusion by derlariri* j n j
favor of Lewis Nixon for Vice |
President. Ke did not do so until he be- j
came certain that Hill favored Elliott i
Dlnforth. A<= soon as he heard that Hill (
'vas introducing Dacfoith to delegates as
h!* choice for second p!ace Croker came
U»« fcr Nixon, who i.* a former naval con-
Firurtor and an East River bridge com
rr.isslonor under Tammany. This makes
a test ess* of Ftrenyth between Hill and
Ciokf-r in the New York delegation un
avoidable and Croker may even no so
far a? to attempt to keep Hi!! ofT the com
mittee oa resolutions.
Hill <-arse tack from his visit to Bryan j
with a prodigious flea in his ear. Bryan
refused absolutely to make a single con
cession rt-parding the financial plank. It
roust Yrf- If, to 1 with bells on it. He Is i
more than ever determined that the actual |
convention fhall be held on his front
porch in Lincoln. He is even now attempt- j
lr.g to dictate tL candidate for Vice IVesJ- j
dent. He is talking about Towne and |
tbout Sulzer.
They Pleaded in Vain. \
M. F. Dunlap of Illinois and James E. j
K<rr of Pennsylvania, who were sent post j
¦haste to Lincoln, have also returned. They I
Wfcnt to plead with Mr. Bryan to aban- '
Gen "15 to 1" sr.d utterly failed. They I
wore also Instructed to request Mr. Bryan i
to at least remain passive and permit the )
convention to exercise its Judgment, but i
lr this they failed, too. The Call cor
respondent Is informed by the highest !
possible aushcrity that should the com
mittee on resc!utions report a platform
tfc&i docs not. contain a specific lndorse-
mer.t of the 16 to 1 ratio Mr. Bryan will
come from Lincoln on a special train and
conduct the fight In favor of free silver
in person or on the floor of the conven
tion, and there is equally good authority
for the statement that Bryan will abso
lutely decline to abide by the decision of
the committee on resolutions should It be
unfavorable to his views. He has Insist
ed In a most emphatic manner that should
the conservatives hurry the committee
a minority report embodying h!.« pet linan
fial plank shalf be presented to the con
Implored to Quit Dictating.
Messages are now pouring 5n on him
, from friends here beseeching him to keep,
! away from Kansas City, to cease to b».
dictator and to permit the convention,
which is poing to confer upon him the
great honor of renominatlon by acclama
tion, to act for the best interests of the
Democratic party.
In some quarters there is a suspicion
that much of this contention over the
platform is an Indian trick calculated to
deceive the public. It is difficult to un
derstand why Mr. Bryan should diametri
cally differ from all of his friends and ad
visers, except George Fred Williams of
Massachusetts and Democrats and Silver
Republicans from the silver States. The
men who have been on confidential terms
with him for four years are, almost with
out exception, declaring that the party. is
bound to be defeated, and more disas
trously than In 1S96, if the silver issue is
put to the front.
Bryan practically stands alone In the
position that the party must again fight
/or free silver. It Is a Quixotic charging
of windmills. Many Democrats are ready
to believe that it Is a fake fight; that the
platform will be modified to suit. the views
Continued on Second Page.
KANSAS CITY, July 2.— Again are
the political clouds gathering.
The storm center Is at Lincoln.
The Pikes Peak of Democracy Is
located there. Whatever storms
may arise will beat against the peak in
vain. Hill's mission has failed. He has
"nc-3rd Bryan's ultimatum, and no agree
ment has been reached. Hill and others
argued that reafflrmatlon would not be a
new feature in a Democratic political con
vention. Precedents for such action were
furnished. The convention that nominat
ed James K. Polk and George M. Dallas
in Baltimore on May 2S. 1S44, reaffirmed
the nine planks of the platform of 1S40,
and added three planks covering new Is
sues. The convention that nominated
Lewis Cass and William A. Butler at Bal
timore on May 25, 1S48, reaffirmed seven
planks of the 1S44 platform, amended an
other plank and added eleven new planks,
the outgrowth of the war with Mexico
and of new domestic issues. The conven
tion that nominated Frank Pierce and
William R. King at Baltimore on June 3,
1S32. reaffirmed nine planks of the plat
form of 1£4S and added eleven planks em
bodying fresh political Issues. Mr. Bryan
smiled when these precedents were quot
' ed, but stood as firm as a rock, yielding
not an inch, and insisting upon the in
sertion of a specific plank declaring anew
the ratio of 16 to 1.
Very Picturesque Scene.
David B. Hill is the only man, aside
from Bryan, who can tell what occurred
in the conference between them. The
scene must certainly have been very pic
turesque. The shrewd politician, with
faculties sharpened by years of practice
and experience, came into contact with ft
man of . adamantine character. Bryan
showed Hill the typewritten pages of his
platform. The first four resolutions cov/
rred new Issues, such as imperialism ana
trusts. Then followed a reafflrmatlon of
the Chicago platform and a specific reso
lution making free silver the issue at the
ratio of 16 to 1. It Is terse, clear and de
fiant. The arguments of the wily New
Yorker against It had no more effect; than
a cloud of "thistle; down blown against
a 'rock. All questions! of policy were bu
rled under the intense convictions -' of
Hill came out with drooping ' featherx.
He went straight to bed, giving r no ¦Inti
mation of what had occurred at the in
terview. He always wears a thinking cap,
and -he needed It at* this time, more 'than
ever. He probably .wasted .very.' few hours
Friends on the Alert.
: Bryan's ; friends, are on the alert -and
they' .will ' see" to it that there will ' be no
The attitude of ; Croker is unquestioned.
Ho is an avowed and an ardent supporter
of Bryan and: will, willingly :; accept ' any
platform that comes from his hands. ,
The wiseacres thought that they could
enhance the chances of Democratic suc
cess;, by: presenting • a. hermaphrodite
ticket.' There. was no popular response to
the proposal and It was undoubtedly dis
tasteful to both Bryan and Hill: Nor is
it probable that the New York delegation
will elect Hill as its representative on the
committee on resolutions. . Such selection
would give the exrGovernor an opporf
tunlty for a ' spectacular display. Jn the
convention. lie can undoubtedly secure
a hearing' on • recognition from the chair
without claiming It as. a member of the
committee on resolutions. [¦;.:".
He gave no Indication as to what he
should do if the situation did not change.
His friends had declared that if he failed
to bring Bryan to his way of thinking he
would dc anything that Bryan wanted.
Upon arriving: at Kansas City his face
changed. It had been despondent. To
newspaper friends he laughed in a per
functory way and began telling stories
which he seemed to think were funny.
They fell upon paralyzed tympanums.
What Hill will do no man can tell. His
most intimate friends are utterly at sea.
His resources are unknown and he has
certainly reached a crisis in his new politi
cal life. Some fancy he will make trouble
in the convention and others predict Jie
will accept the ultimatum of Bryan and do
whatever he can to carry out his wishes.
How he can make trouble in the conven
tion without being selected as the repre
sentative of-the New York delegation on
the committee on resolutions it is difficult
to see.. At all evenls, he is entirely elimi
nated as a candidate for Vice ! President.
Indeed, "he never really was a candidate.
All the talk was created by political wise
acres misled by j one* of -Norman Mack's
jokes. ¦ ;
Hill's Face Changes.
"Well," ' he replied in response ¦ to a
question, "it isn't settled yet— not yet. I've
got him thinking. I've got him thinking.
We shall Bee, we shall see."
In sleep. At 5 o'clock in the morning he
boarded the train on the return trip. Hill
apparently could not realize that Bryan
had rirmly made up his mind as to the
course to pursue. This was evidenced by
a remark which fell from his lips.
Delegations from Missouri, Indiana and
other States have , called upon ' Mr.' Orbker
and ; It looks as though : alliances offensive
and 'defensive were being made. Nothlnsr
Mr. Croker's face was sphinxllke at the
mention of the doctor's name. He simply
said ho had not a candidate to present
f or _ the Vice Presidency and ; should be
governed in a great measure by the wishes
of Mr. Bryan. "
Croker Is With Bryan.
The fight for the nomination for Vice
President remains unchanged. It becomes
Interesting, however, by the arrival of
Henry George Jr. and the famed Dr. John
H. Girdner of New York. Dr. Glrdner has
light complexion, gray eyes, brown hair
and the muscles of an athlete. He Is a
close friend to Bryan and is in his full
confidence. - Had the New York Democ
racy shown any disposition to put up a
fight against Bryan's nomination a con
testing delegation, would have appeared
at the National Convention headed by
John Brisben Walker, Dr. John H. Uird
ner and Henry George Jr. When visiting
New York Bryan is always a welcome
guest at Dr. Girdner's house. Indeed.
Bryan is reported to have once said that
it was the only brownstone front In the
city in which. he felt' perfectly at home.
On his arrival here this morning the.doc
tor went to the rooms of the National
Committee, where he had a close confer
ence 1 with Senator Jones of Arkansas and
ex-Governor John' T. Altgeld of Illinois.
He next visited the Midland Hotel, seek
ing an interview with Mr. Croker. An
hour afterward -It was whispered that
the doctor was seeking the nomination for
Vice President. His interview with <^lo
nel Bryan added strength to the ru%Dr.
When, questioned he would neither deny
nor affirm it. He admitted he came
straight from New York without visiting
Lincoln, but added that interesting con
versations with Mr. Bryan might be had
at any time by long distance telephone.
The Xew York delegation meets to-mor
row to select Its members on the commit
tee. Everything indicates that Hill will
be left off the programme and the member
of the new Democratic National Commit
tee will be a stanch friend of Tammany
monkeying with the platform embodying
his views and that it wilt be presented to
the convention as the genuine work of the
committee on resolutions. There will be
nothing uncertain about it. It will be
plain, direct and to the point, without the
use of words of double meaning.
by Amos GummiNGS.
The Shrewd Ex-Governor of New York Could Not
Convince the Rourijon Standard-Bearer That
Reaffirmation Would Not Be a New Feature
in a Democratic Political Convention.
: Champ 'Clark,'" hailing from, the county
rendered famous by the birth of Joe Bow
ers, is a conspicuous character here. He
has just returned from a tour in the West
with Congressman -^andl3 of Indiana.
There was. a characteristic Kansas City
scene early this afternoon. The Clark del
egation from . Montana entered the city
like a delegation of conquering heroes.
There were over fifty carriages in line,
preceded by the Montana band. This' troop
of musicians is said to be Matcus Daly's
band, engaged by Senator Clark at a spe
cial rate. . The ; procession . was received
by an immense .crowd at the Midland
Hotel. Senator Clark, who was riding In
a carriage at the head. of. the line, made a
speech to the multitude, which was re
ceived with much applause and greater
curiosity. Among the listeners on the side
walk was Martin Maginnls. who is now
contesting Clark's new claim to a seat In
the United States Senate.
James Hamilton Lewis is ubiquitous. He
appears at all hotels at the same time and
is a political Cagliostrq. Exquisitely po
lite, dressed in unexceptional taste and a
paragon intellectually, he attracts atten
tion wherever he goes. Another alleged
candidate is Elliott Danforth. There ,1s a
faraway look in his eye when addressed
concerning the matter, and he attempts
witticisms betraying apparently the secret
of his aspirations. Augustus Van Wyck
attracts attention. He is lnvariaby sur
rounded by a group of Southerners, who
claim him as one of themselves". The most
confident of all aspirants, however. Is Mr.
Sulzer. Colonel Feigl, the editor of Tam
many's official crgan, and scores of hench
men are proclaiming his virtues on every
corner and housetop. Sulzer Is convinced
that the nomination lies between himself
and Towne. Singular as it may seem. Dr.
Glrdner fancies that the selection lies be
tween Towne and himself. In fact, almost
every, candidate apparently imagines him
self sure of the nomination If Mr. Towne
falls to secure It.
Montanans March In. -
definite, however, will be known until
after the meeting of the New York dele
gation to-morrow. The Pennsylvanians
are evidently annoyed at the attitude of
Mr. Croker. They seem to be steeped In
admiration of Hill and are ardently sup
porting the movement toward nominating
him lcr Vice President.
They made political speeches from tha
same platform and divided the proceeds.
Clark said he netted over $500 in the past
•week. "On the 8th of July," he continued,
"I shall start on a tour with Jonathan P.
Dolllver of Iowa. Dolllver takes the Re
publican end of the stick and I handle the
Democratic end. These Joint debates stir
people to the core. They flock to them
as though they were going to a circus.
Dolllver, you know. Is really the most elo-
Quent talker. He soars Into the clouds,
and I catch him by the tall feathers and
yank him back to terra firma. It's a great
show and there's lots of money in It."
mjt ANSAS CITY, July 2.— "I wish to correct the Impression
JL*W that Tammany is fightirg: against the insertion of a sil
ver plank in the Democratic platform," said- Richard Croker to
night. "This is not so, and it is a point on which I and the
¦whole organization have been more misrepresented and misunder
stood than on any other. I believe and have frequently stated, that
a more conservative stand on this question would be much more to
the interests of the party, not only in New York, but all over the
country. But mark this, if it can be shown by caucuses of differ
ent State delegations and before the National Convention that it is
the belief of the majority of the party that the insertion of a 16
to 1 plank in the platform would bring more votes to the Demo
cratic ticket throughout the West, in doubtful States, and the coun
try at largs, in fact, outside of New York, than it would lose to
the party in New York, then Tammany will yield cheerfully."
If the Committee on Resolutions Reports a Platform That Does" Not Contain a Specific Indorsement of
"16 to 1" the' Democratic Dictator Will Speed to Kansas City and Make a Personal
Fight on the Floor of the Convention — Croker and Hill at War, and
¦ the Vice Presidential Struggle Is Yet in the Air.

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