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VOIiUMti! 8" NUMBER 38
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Tho fifty-fourth session of tho In-
ternational Typographical Union at
t Boston selected St. Joseph, Mo., as
, tho place of meeting In 1909.
Tho machinists in tho employ of
tho Lake Shoro & Michigan Southern
railroad have voted to strike if nec
jsary to enforce a demand for tho
continuation of the piecework
Tfee Oklahoma republican conven
tion denounced as "undignified" the
position of tho democratic candidate
for president in his "request to the
public for campaign funds."
William Hayward, chairman of the
Nebraska republican state commit
tee, has boon made secretary of the
republican national committee, suc
ceeding Elmer Dover.
torday by Georgo Richardson, a
negro, on Mrs. Hallam, a white wom
an. At 1 o'clock this morning the
whole oast end of town burst into
flames, tho torch having been applied
to several negro houses by some of
tho more desperate members of tho
mob. Two men are already dead
and probably two score others are
injured, mostly negroes. The rabble
is sweeping through tho streets, at
tacking every negro met. All the
local militia are on duty and half a
dozen companies from other cities
are arriving here on special trains.
Still other companies are ordered to
hold themselves in reserve."
The Trades and Labor Council of
the District of Columbia endorsed
the American Federation of Labor's
nolitical plan of campaign, thus en
dorsing the democratic platform and
The American fleet reached Auclc
iand, New Zealand, last week, and
was-given a rousing welcome by tho
Senatdr Robert LaFollette spoke
before the Epworth Assembly at Lin
coln on "notification day." He was
greeted by an Immense audience.
The republicans of Tennessee have
two -state, tickets in the field. George
N? Tillman ivthe gubernatorial can
didate of y the Evana faction, and T.
Asbury Wright ot the "homo rule"
The republicans of Texas have
nominated a full state ticket, headed
by Colonel J. L. Simpson for governor,
A special dispatch from New York
to the Louisville Courier-Journal
says that the, management of the
Provident Savings Life Assurance
Association has passed Into the
hands of a syndicate of Kentucklans
headed by Arthur G. Langham.
' Tho" Colorado Federation of Labor
In session at Denver endorsed the po
litical plan of the American Federa
tion of Labor, which virtually car
ries with it the endorsement the
democratic national platform and
On August 11 King Edward ar
rived in Cronberg and was met by
Erhperor William and his suite.
The democrats of the First con
gressional district of Indiana have
nominated John W. Boehne, tho re
form mayor of Evansville.
A Springfield, 111., dispatch under
date of August 15, says: "Spring
Held is In the hands of a mob of en
raged citizens who began last night
to" wreck vengeance on negro resi
dents for an assault committed yes-
Dostructlve forest fires have been
raging in Idaho. The villages of
Kootenai and Sand Point have been
Escaping gas caused a fire and ex
plosion in a Wheeling, W. Va., mil
linery store, resulting in the death
of three young wcmen.
Ninety-Five Year Old Democrat
The New York World prints this
"Lincoln, August 8. Since Mr.
Bryan was nominated no such honors
have been paid by him to any one
as were paid to a visitor today. In
the throng ot callers were Included
many of the most distinguished men
In the nation, but to none of them
did Mr. Bryan show tho high respect
and elaborate courtesy that he did
to the unpretentious visitor who
came out to Falrvlew this afternoon.
His clothes were those of a work
ing man, though he Is not one. He
was a heavily built, stocky, square
shouldered man with a ruddy face,
a white beard, an old olt hat, and
' a blue shirt open at the neck. His
name Is Pltcalrn Simon MorriBon ; he
is ninety-five years old, a veteran of
the Mexican and civil wars, and he
cast his first vote for Andrew Jack
son. No more remarkable character has
been seen in Lincoln for years. As
he talkod to the democratic nomi
nee about things so far past that to
most of this generation. Mr. Brvan
included, they were as If they "be
longed to tne era of tho Crusades,
It seemed as if he were a page from
nistory instead of a man.
The old man, who lives In the BIgr
Horn Basin, in Wyoming, took a car
up to Fairview, got off, and walked
the half mile from the station to
Aryan's home In a broiling sun.
When he got there the family were
at luncheon, and It happened that
there was no one to receive him.
He came back feeling disappointed,
and asked the newspaper men In the
tent at the gate if he could sit with
them and cool off before making his
return journey. Later he went back
to the house and was immediately
greeted by Mr. Bryan.
Describes Andrew Jackson to Bryan
"Did you ever see Jackson?" was
almost tho first question from the
master of Falrvlew, who is a great
admirer of the seventh president.
"Yes," said Mr. Morrison, "and
I have talked with him. I voted for
him In Ohio In 1832, before I was of
ago. They weren't very particular
about such things in those days in
the western reserve."
Mr. Bryan's oyes gleamed. He
hitched up his chair nearer to his
visitor. "Tell me," he said eagerly,
"what sort of a looking man was
Jackson? I havo seen one or two
men who voted for him, hut never
one who had seen him, and I havo
always wanted to know at first hand
what he looked like."
"Ho was a tall man, over six feet
high," responded Mr. Morrison. "He
was not thin, but angular. He had
a shock of hair thrown hack from
his head and a magnificent fore
head. His whole face expressed de
termination; he was an iron-willed
man, and in the set of his mouth
you could see 'by the eternal' as
well as hear it.''
"That was his favorite oath,
wasn't it?" said Mr. Bryan. "Did
he use it in ordinary conversation?"
"No, only when he was angry or
desired to be emphatic," replied Mr.
Morrison. "I have heard him use
tho expression several times,
"Did you see him In Ohlo or
Washington?" asked Mr. Bryan.
"In Washington," was the reply.
"I went there several times during
his administration and saw him
nearly every time."
"How did you go, by stage coach
or on horseback?"
"Horseback," said Mr. Morrison.
The Interest shown by Mr. Bryan
in this extraordinary visitor waa ex
treme. Some callers were shown in
who wanted to talk politics with the
candidate, hut he asked them to
wait for him and wont on cross
questioning tho old man from
"They didn't have , matches In
your day, did they?" he asked.
"The first match I ever saw," said
Morrison, "was in 1844."
"How about cook stoves?" acked
"I don't remember In what year
I first saw a cook stove,'' said Mor
rison, "but I remember that when
my father brought one Into the
house my mother cried."
"Was she afraid It would blow
up?" asked Mr. Bryan.
"No," said Morrison, "but she re
garded it as an Innovation, a new
and radical idea. She had been ac
customed all her life to the cranes
and the chains that you shoved for
ward to get your kettle at the right
heat, and it seemed to her that the
foundations of the earth were be
ing shaken when she had to abandon
the good old-fashioned ways and get
one of the new-fangled abominations
called stoves. Yes, sir, she cried and
"Well, you've seen a great cen
tury," said Mr. Bryan thoughtfully.
"You've seen the Invention of the
telegraph and the telephone; you've
seen tne real beginning of the rail
road, of steam In navigation."
that, r ot it there-when I visited
the Hermitage in 1895." Mr. Mor
rison examined tt with interest.
"You take that homo," said Mr
Bryan. "You will value It even
more than I do." Tears came In tho
veteran's eyes. "I shall treasure it
all my life," he said, "and shall
never forget the donor."
"Were you at Chapultepec?"
asked Mr. Bryan.
"No; it was Scott's army that
fought that battle," said Mr. Mor
rison. "I was with Taylor. Tho
first time I smelt hostile gunpowder
was at Palo Alto, in May, 1846, and
I smelt it again at Resaca De La
Palma a few days later. That was
the last battle I was in on Amer
ican soil. After that we went into
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"Steam in- navigation?" broke in
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that I was born On a sailing ship
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and when I arrived in America I was
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About this time SQme of the po
litical visitors who wanted to see
Mr. Bryan about the campaign tried
to shove forward and attract tho
nominee's attention, but failed dis
mally. "Wait a minute," he said to Mor
rison, "I've got something here that
will interest you." He darted into
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