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The Republican Army Gathered In
FT , the Orncllo of Success.
r , '
The Infbnt'o Swaddling Clothes the
V Stars and Stripes of Freedom.
John M. Thurston Dollvora an Elo
quent Christening Speech.
Young Giant State of the West the
Hero of Her Slaters.
The First Dny'H I'roucp.dliiKH Mnrrcc
Only IJy n Tilt Between the
Ohl Dominion Knotioti
LeaderH TllO
First Day of tlio Con volition.
CIIICAHO , Juno 10. [ Special Telegram ti
Tim Bnc.1 The opening session of the grca
convention has closed. It was filled with In
tcrcst and rich in happy auguries for repuh
lican success. The speech of John M. Thurs
ton , In assuming the ollleo of teuioorur.
chairman , Is everywhere eulogized to-nigh
as ono which mis set tlic kcynoto of the tun
for the sessions of the convention. It wa
admirable In conception , eloquent In cxprc :
slon , forcible in delivery , and replete wit
tact. The volume of cheers which nccoit
panlcd the speaker's periods marked th
powerful effect which it produced. In it
treatment of the candidacy which the umvis
friends of Mr. Blulno are attempting to fore
upon the convention against his know :
wishes , he has done as much to dispel th
danger ot an early Bliiinc stumpedo a
the strenuous efforts thin mornin
of Senators Jones and Hat
and Messrs. I'hclps and Boutclh
Thrco New Jersey delegates who had ai
nomiced their intention of breaking fc
Blame at the llrst chance tell mo to-nigli
that Tliurston's presentation 1ms decide
them that they would bo doing their bclovc
A MiAsicrui , ror.ifiCAL witoxo
by such a move. Let credit bo given whet
It is duo. Thurbton was in every way equ :
lo the occasion. Ho covered himself wit
glcry and deserved all the enthusiasm li
awakened and all the applause ho evoked.
The second feature of interest was tl :
audience. Fears that the galleries woul
be packed in the interest of nuy sinilo cai
dldato were promptly dispelled. The crow
was orderly but impartially enthusiastic. :
cheered loudly for Bluinc , but It chccrc
loudest when the speaker impressively d <
clnrcd : "We dare not wo can not comm
the political crime of dlcobcdicnco to his c :
pressed will. " It greeted John C. Frcmou
as warmly as It did Frederick Douglass , an
the colored auditors as cnthusiasticall
as it did the white. Hut It did not shriek s
mere platitudes or yell at empty nothing
Composed of partisans 6f all the candidnti
it left the impression that liKe the party
represented it would bo the ardent supper
crs of any nominee which the couvcnlic
might select.
Tiirui : w. s A ciir.niiruii rnoi'iiccr
in the earnest , conlldeut tone which PC
vaded the platform and galleries , tlio n
BCUCO of bravado in the speeches and the ir
partially distributed applauso. All signs b
token that tlio republican convention .of IS !
Is to bo n deliberative body and that i
choice will bo inado only after a careful su
rey of tlio Held nml n close scrutiny of tlio o
jcctlons to bo met and the availabilities to 1
The convention will reassemble at
o'clock to-morrow , awl before the day closi
it Is believed will bo ready for the scrim
work of beginning tlio selection of u cand
date , barring the over-present possibility i
n deadlock , which is not likely to occur
tlio Ulnlno shoutcrs can bo suppressed by tl
earnest work of Mr. Hlulno's friends. J
things went to-day the convention should 1
nblo to conclude its work before the end i
the week. Thorn is , of course , the usual ta
of dying with candidates , but most of tl
delegates will prefer to live with tlio notr
ncc. Tlio following of no candidate ) shov
tha obstinate fixity which characterized tl
" .JO < J" in 1SSO , or the Hlaino legion In 1SS
On the issues upon which tlio republican
will stand for battle the convention bollovi
thr.t any ono of n half dozen names nro
and that Its only duty la to select the tick
with Which victory will bo ttio easiest.
I Amidst the turmoil and confusion of ] o
ling delegations , the unending .bhiro
bands , and the tramp of thousands throui
the headquarters of the candidates , two i
tin co points appear ns rca.sonablo as tin
have at previous conventions , At least 01
Boldicr will bo on the ticket , The cast ai
west will bo represented , and no candidu
object Iciuablo to u class will -bo chosen. M
Dopew's candidacy has received no ucce
sions outside of New York. He may
loaned votes as a compliment to his brui
and popularity , but he has himself no serio
thoughts of success. _ Sherman's vc
strength Is his weakness , and Algor'a ban
is his bano. Harrison and Allison oecu ;
tlio strong vantngo ground of u devoted f
lowing , and many delegates nro pledged
them as second choice. The other names will
presented out of compliment to their ownei
en any of the leading candidates , with .V
jVlaino btlll krpt is. the background , \
Kiiiloy of Ohio runs as good a chance u ? L " '
the dark horseas anyone. Ho has uilnu nerd
ord and an attractive presence. Ho is
orator and comes as near to being u stati
man as any of his. congressional associati
Ho is working loyally and royally forScual
Sherman , mid none of the suspicions whl
attach to Voraker cling to his garment , Stl
from present indications , one of the Hiring
racers now at the btarting point , imputlc
fer the sound of the bell , will bo first ut t
winning i > ost. It is to be good contest
fair contest without jockeying , and cveryo
hopes that ono of the favorites will bo t
this morning in tlio national convention , a
1ms no rct.Kui to feel ashamed of the inten
V.l'Uch Rlio excited. . Tfiurbton's speech w
Iho feature of'tlio day and the prcscntnti
Jf .General Fremont , us the tucstOf t
state delegation , was nn incident of history
which was received with cheers , whoso hon
esty could not bo mistaken.
Many Nobrashans occupied scats In the
convention. Among the most prominent
were Senator Mnndcrson , who arrived last
night from Washington1 , Congressman Dor-
soy , ex-Congressman Valentino , Governor
Corns , S. C. Smith of Beatrice , C. II , Dcwey ,
W. F. Hccliel nnd ex-Sdnator Saundcrs of
All is quiet In the Nebraska headquarters
except the echoes of Church Howe's
swearing. Hcproiniscs revenge be
cause ho wan so unanimously
thrown overboard. There is general
satisfaction In the nalional committee over
Howe's retirement.
Thurston's election by a scratch and Do-
wv's candidacy continue to excite general
lommctit. The Chicago Times this morning
lUbllshcs n column dispatch from Washing-
on regarding the Lincoln oil room lobby ,
ivith a synopsis of the testimony before
Iio Union Pacific railroad commissioners ,
t bitterly denounces what It calls
Nebraska's gall and holds up Thurston and
Dcpow ns a brace of sweet-scentca names
tvlth which to bait the granger vote.
> vnsn mngnlticcnt demonstration. It was one
of which-the clean handed , able , popular BOH
of Iowa might well bo proud. The proccssiot :
'ormcd ut the Grand 1'aeille at 7 o'clock aw :
through the principal streets. Tin
ino was a long and n handsome one , wilt
jny banners nnd transparencies with trench
ant inscriptions. It was everywhere rcccivct
with loud cheers.
Congressman Henderson to-night says :
"Wo liuvo lost nothing nnd gained a numbci
of votes which will show when * the tim <
comes. Allison has awakened no antagonisn
and his friends are counted in delegation !
from every part of the union. Wo hav <
every reasonable confidence of winning or
the availability of our candidate and tlio cool
udgmentof an excellent convention. "
The convention was late in assembling.
At llvo minutes past the hour o.
opening , many seats of delegates wcrecmpt ;
and the galleries wcro scarcely half filled
Inexperienced doorkeepers , insolent polici
and bewildered ushers made poor work will
the crowds which persisted and growled al
the entrance of the unfinished building , and
n bungling committee got in their deadly
work and the resulting confusion was no
surprising. The Nebraska delegation occu
pied scats In the center of the middle nlsli ,
while John M. Thurston , nnned with a largi
fan , stalked restlessly in the speaker' :
stand , behind its wall ot flowers and silkei
standards. Ho faces a magnificent auditc
rium whoso farthest portion is scarcely mon
distant from the desk than the end of till
Omaha exposition building was from the stag *
before it was converted into an attempt at i
theater and an apology for a hall. Tlio dcco
rations are profuse nnd in excellent taste
Tlio ( lag is everywhere substituted for tli
bandana , while portraits of tha founder
of the republican party look down bcnignl ,
upon the gathering crowd.
At 12:22 : General John C. Fremont cntcrci
Iho hall and was escorted to tlio platform
Few recognized him , but there wcro cheen
as his name was passed around. Five inln
utcs later Fred Douglas made his way to UK
platform and got a round of applause.
At l'J:30 : the convention was called to orde
by Chairman Jones. The opening prayo
was so tilled with political allusions that i
was greeted with loud applause ut its con
Tlio reading of the call by Clerk Fesscnde
was punctuated with loud cheers. Tlio dc
niand for protection to American labor and :
free ballot and n fair count , called out will
enthusiasm. Chairman Jones followed in a
address read from manuscript which coul
scarcely bo heard twenty feet away. At th
conclusion of Chairman Jones" speech Join
M. Thurston was introduced amid loui
cheering. Hcforo he could begin his re
murks the Kansas delegation entered
formal protest against his selection mi
suggested the name of Warner of Missouri
Without paying attention to the scnsntlo
which was created by the protest of Kansas
TiirusTox iirciAN ins SPKCCII
in a voice heard in every section ot the Iml
The lirst round of cheers was a tribute to hi
clour enunciation. As ho proceeded ho cai
ried the audlcnco with him and nearly over
sentence of his allusion to tlio leader
Of 18S4 called for wild demonstn
tlons. The peroration of Thurston's trlbut
to Hlaino was a whirlwind of cheers , shout
and waving handkerchiefs. After the rcai
ing of the names of the honorary officers th
band struck ui > u medley of patriotic aln
In many of which the uudlcnco joined. Km
sas again entered u protest against the s <
lection of Xliurston and asked a vote of th
eon vent Ion. The chair decided that tli
question had been settled. Jf there was an
criticism to bo offered upon Thurston' '
speech It was its length. Otherwise It wn
brilliant , tasteful mid lnspritingbut ! it woul
have been still moro effective if it hud bee
A resolution was o ( To red permitting th
chairman of the Nebraska delegation to prc
Bent General John C. Fremont. Charle
Grceno introduced General Fremont In
short speech. The audience were evident !
impatient of further oratory and were resttv
even during Fremont's remarks , which coul
not bo heard ot the ends of the hall , Tli
hcusation had been discounted in advanc
anil the enthusiasm did not reach the c :
pected pitch. The loud erics which followe
for Fred Douglass would not abate until tli
white haired negro orator stopped on th
platform mid and addressed the eonventioi
Mr. Douglass was not at his best , but hi
plea for his race wus conscientiously a ]
The ncarsst approach to a brce/o occurrc
when the everlasting factional struggle <
tlio Mtihone and Wise factions of Virgin
was brought to the notice of the eonventioi
After a sUort discussion the debate wi
t > < mclchcd by a motion that the contcstin
delegation present their credentials witlioi
argument to the appropriate committee. Tli
convention then adjou rncd until 12 o'elot
to-morrow. \V. E. A ,
Chicago 1iist ! ! * l'oro the Great Coi
volition Opuiifd.
CHICAGO , Juno 19 , The city is in a Wi-lu
of red , white and blue. It Is estimated tin
over 1 .CHKi.OOO yards of these goods have bee
used In decorations. The town was ast
early and from the rising of the sun
through the forenoon bands and ilelegatlor
wero'iiwrdiUlK , through tha streets from tli
depots ut which iTioy hsil-arrived to the
respective hotels. The day is briiJtesUJ
clear mid swelttirlngly hot. Hotel lobblc
streets and sidewalk * are crowded with
mass of people estimated at 150,0-X ) In adil
tion to the regular population. No forini
convention has brought out nearly sui
largo Cumbers. 1'arades in the interests (
the various candidate's .have been about tl
btrect Curing the entire forenoon. A untyv
feature of the Grcslmm parade was a band.
of alleged workiugraen carrying tin palls and
vearing straw hats nnd bearing a banner
vlththo motto : "The Father 'of the Tin
Bucket Brigade. " The most striking parade
of the day , however , was that of the Cincin
nati Blalno club , which appeared several hun
dred strong , wearing white hats mid gloves
mid carrying parasols , marching In n column
of fours In open order , the parasols of
ho successive ranks being red , white and
bluo. Thcso they twirled rapidly , giving an
exceedingly brilliant kaleidoscopic effect.
How thtr Hnll liouko I Before the
Gavel Called Order.
CniCAOO , Juno 19. When Chairman Jones ,
of the national republican committee ,
isccndcd the platform of the great Auditor-
urn hall at norm to call the convention to
order , ho looked upon a scene unparallcllcil
in the history of public gatherings in this
country. Larger assemblages have been
icld in more spacious halts , but at none have
.ho ocular properties been so effective or the
brilliancy of illumination nnd picturesque
colorings been so splendid. Every face can
jo seen without effort nnd an uudlcnco of
ess than ten thousand appears to bo almost
a countless multitude. The magnificent
sweep of the great gallery alone , which seats
nearly three thousand persons , is n picture
which Impresses even these familiar with
srcat audiences , and the whole scene bathed
In the Hood of electric light shed by 2,500 in
candescent lamps , thrills even the most
sluggish heart. The Auditorium Is 2iiO feet
long and I''O feet wide , with two side bal
conies nnd a great gallery of scats which
rise tier on tier at an angle of 40 degrees.
The stage , which Is but slightly raised above
the lioor of the hall , commands nvieivnot
only of the great nudlcnco In front , but of
tlio largo balcony in the rear and the tiers
of boxes nt cither tide. This stage stretches
from side to side of the hall and accommo
dates , in addition to the president's platform ,
which is In the center , the several hundred
newspaper representatives. There are Just
8,100 seats in the hall and as the convention
is called to order probably 9,000 people are
within the glunco of Chairman Jones' eye.
Tlio decorations appear a tritio bewildering
at first the walls , celling nnd every post ,
pillar nnd panel being covered with flags
and bunting. Streamers in varied artistic
designs andcolorsand portraits and paintings
of historic scenes meet the eye everywhere.
lied , white and blue is conspicuous , of
course , everywhere , but a great sheet of
terra cotta bunting hangs as u roof between
the sunlight which pours through It from the
great open space just above the great gallery ,
mid relieves the otherwise monotony of so
prodigal a display of national colors. But
even the sunlight shines but dimly in the
great hall , electric lights boingdcpcnded upon
because of the impossibility of protecting tlio
audience in the present unfinished state of the
building and letting in daylight nt the sume
time. The arrangement of theclcctric lamps
in great stars suspended from the roof and
walls of the hall is ono of the most effective
nnd beautiful features of the scene which
greets Chairman .Tones. Ho is himself
n striking figure standing tall , erect , with
the appearance and nir of a patriarch , with
suspended gavel to hush the great stir and
bustle to secure attention to the clergyman
who is asking the divine blessing on the de
liberations of the convention.
Some of the details of the
Auditorium decorations nro worth special
mention. At the apex in front
of the chairman's desk is a gilded American
eagle and beneath it n portrait of Washing
ton. At the right of the chairman's desk is
n plaster bust of the late General John A.
Logan , in heroic size , draped in tlio Ameri
can Hag. Hanging from ono ol
the boxes at the right is a lanrc painting of
Logun'sfchargo at the batttle of Atlanta. On
the face of the north and south walls of the
Auditorium , framed in a festoon of large
American Hags and surmounted by u circle
of electric stars , are the portraits of Lincoln
and Grant , the designs being mammoth in
proportion and forming the two most strik'
ing details of the decorations. Flushing its
parti-colored brilliancy full into the lace of
the audience nnd delegates is suspended an
American shield , formed of different colored
electric lamps. This shield , its hori/on ol
stars , its stripes of union , is all pictured out
and put in n bas relief of light bj
Hashing Jets through red , white and blue
globes. At the points of exit and entrance
to the hall , which dip like great wells into the
auditorium , are the nation's standards
planted at either side , and draped so ns to hide
the rough boards which form the staircases
of these avenues to the convention , of which
there arc sufficient to empty the place in case
of accident in thrco minutes. The Boston
club has planted Its magnificent banner , live
feet long , Just behind the stage , and it
proudly floats lettcrsof gold upon a field ol
blue , which appear to be uppermost in the
minus of the delegates. The banner is in
scribed : "Homo Market Club of Boston ;
American wages for American working-men :
American markets for American people ;
protection for American homes. " This
banner is marked by the delegates as
they come into the hall and as they gathei
in the galleries and balconies , it is cheered
time after time.
As General Fremont entered the hall ho
was greeted with a round of applause anil
cheers , the first genuine demonstration of
the morning. He was escorted to a scat on
the platform , where ho provoked a further
outburst of applause by meeting Fred. Doug'
lass as he eumo to a seat beside him and
shook him by the hand.
Carson Lake , of the national committee ,
came upon the platform just before the con <
vention was called to order , and brought
with him two handsome oak gavels , ono of
them merely polished and Intended for hard
pounding. The other , a moro pretentious
affair , intended ns a gift to the temporary
chairman , is richly chased in gold and has cn <
graved upon its several gold bunds the names
of Washington , Lafayette , Grant , Lincoln ,
Garflold and Logan.
The arrangement of delegates' scats , which
lias been made in alphabetical order , begin
nlng with Alabama on the extreme rif-lit
ulslc , throws the two great states of New
York and Pennsylvania together in front and
almost directly facing the portrait of Wash
ington on tlio panel of the chairman's plat
form. The Maine , Massachusetts , Minnesota
Alabama , Arizona and Dakota delegation )
also have front seats. The Ohio dt-lo
gallon is directly back of the New Yorl- -
scats , while Missouri , Iowa and Illinois an
on the main aihlo near the center of tlio spuct
reserved for delegates. The bpaco resorvm :
for the District of Columbia delegation it
designated by n white banner marked it
black letters , This is a conspicuous departure
uro from the general plan of noting dulcga
tlons , the situation of all others being dcsitr by u blue bilk banner , lettered in gold
A blgnlllcnnt view is the open spaci
of empty seats in the Virginia delegation
Four Mahono delcgates-at-largo have
been ml in it ted to the hall and ar <
alone In their glory , with plenty of room , ovei
in the extreme southwest. There was no In
dication in the hull of the great crush outsidi
while the delegates and those who held scuts
were being admitted nnd directed to theli
seata , The doors were not opened until tin
interior arrangements were completed
nnd the crowd was kept wailmi
until two largo bouquets of cu
flowers and a Horn ! shield wen
being nailed up on tlio chairman's desk
which bears in Greek letters this incription
"J aines A. GarmUd was nominated from thi :
desk in IbSO , and James G. Blalne was nomi
natcd from this desk In IbSl , " The air of tin
ha" ? } ' ' . * delightfully cool , ami alUieuijIi UK
largo 'nunu r'1t.sicctators as they eoino It
have funs in the > Tr" Jr'a ! 2 , they find m
practical use for them. The i7fSt C4 o dole
pntea to reach their seats were thosp"fr i
Ohio , led by Congressman MeKlnloy am
Ben Butterwonli. MeKinley , who is mud
talked of as n dark lioise , was rccogni/ed b ;
a few tit the tpcttutors in the gallery
Tlio Michigan delcsufloii followed thi
Ohio men * coming In us a liouy-rnd filling ii |
their block of bcutb on tha fi-jut of tliCrevepi
nisli ! ,
As the spectators generally wfiro aumittc <
moro tardily than the delegations , . then ) wen
few demonstrations t > the convention begm
to gather. Most pf those in the e ill a gallcric
wcro ladles , who are deeply interested , bu
not demonstrative. . Senator llqar , of Masba
chusctts , clmlrman of the lest tin-
ional convention , walked down the
lisle to the front , nnd followed by
lis fellow delegates look his place r.s clmlr-
nnn of the delegation without being rccop-
ilzed by the galleries. At n quarter to 13
o'clock the members of the national conimit-
eo came in , in pairs nnd in groups. They
net this morning nt their headquarters and
: iad just gotten through their business.
Ho OpciiB ProcccrtlnRf ) With n Short
nnd Pointed Snrcuh.
CniCAOO , Juno 19. Precisely nt 12:31 : , the
gavel of Clmlrman Jones , chairman of the
national executive committee , sounded
sharply upon the mahogany desk nnd
the republican convention of 1SSS
was formally opened. The hum ol
conversation ceased throughout the vast
auditorium nnd the buzof expectation gave
place loan Impressive silence ns the chair
man introduced Itav. Frank W. Gonsaulus.ol
the Plymouth Congregational church of Chicago
cage , who opened the proceedings with
The call for the 'convention was then read.
Allusions in the call to the position of the
party upon the tnrift question , the determina
tion of the party to have a fair election and an
honest count , and the other salient points
were warmly applauded by the convention.
Upon the conclusion of the reading of the
call Chairman Jones stepped to the front ol
the platform-nnd upoko as follows :
The republican party may well bo con
gratulated through Its representatives here
assembled upon the. auspicious prospect that
lies before it. Wise and courageous action
by this convention will surely lead to victory
in the campaign upon Which wo nro about to
enter. There can bo no doubt as to which
side the great majority of. votes will fall , II
each party bo tried by its record ; if the
grand achievements of the republican party
bo appreciated and the utter failure ol
the democratic party be understood. The
two parties are diametrically opposed to cacli
other. One favors progression , the other
retrogression. One lifts up , the other casts
down. Thanks to Cleveland and his south
ern allies , the democratic party has thrown
oft the disguise in which it has heretofore
fought its battles in the northern states and
has boldly declared for British free trade
nnd against American protection. This
avowal has caused much adulation In certain
sections of this country and in all of England ,
which has from the beginning been hostile to
the industrial progress of the United States ;
but it has fallen'1 heavily upon
the ears of the patriotic portion
ot . the democratic party. However ,
we must net expect that thcro is an end ol
dishonest pretenses. Deceit , fallacies and
sophistry will again bo resorted to nnd prac
ticed. Therefore wo should have a platform
based upon true republican principles , free
from equivocation or-ambiguity , nnd should
nominate candidates who are the embodi
ment of these principles. The founders of
this government saw that It was absolutely
essential for self preservation that the
original thirteen states should become
united for the purpose of protection nnd
defense against alien acts and influences a ;
well as for economy and effective
government. Ono of the first acts of the
ludoral government was to provide for reve
nue and for the protection of the industrial
interests of the country. All our early pros'
idcnts , from Washington to Jackson inclus
ive , advocated a tariff for revenue nnd foi
protection. All of the great nnd patriotic
statesmen of these days coincided in this
policy. No man of note , who was a lover o !
Ms country , down to Jackson's first term en
tertained or oexprcsscd doubt us to the con
stitutionality of the policy of the protection
of the industries of the United States against
foroipn competition. The tariff question w ; i
not considered as ono embracing solely m
chiefly manufacturers' interests , but one
which broadly embraced the social condition
of the laboring classes , the material Inter
cst of all homo producers in the home mantel
and of the country's real independence.
The British who now shout for free trad (
protected themselves against all competitior
until they were masters of the commercm
world and until they realized that the Unltai
States , with its great advantages nni
by the moderate use of the same means , was
becoming a formidable rival. It wus mil )
when Great Britain perceived something o'l
the future of her American rival that she at
tempted to regain that control over this
coujitry by artiilce which she was unable tc
hold or reclaim by force of urms.
After relating the history of tlio alleged al
liuncc of the south with English manufac
turcrs undei the administration of Van Bu
ren , Polk , Pierce and Buchanan , Cbairuiai
Jones continued :
The republican party vanquished the dcm
ocratic party , passed the homestead low , de
stroycd slavery , elevated the "mud sills , '
restored our credit , redeemed the country
and started it on tlio lines contemplated bj
our fathers. To-day wo occupy u muci
higher piano than any other people on thi
face of the globe , The republican party be
liovcH thut It is not necessary or right tha
wo should bo reduced to a common level will
other nations , but that wo should hnvi
the full benefits of all our national ml
vantages mid the full enjoyment of oui
glorious heritage. The logical consequences
of the theory of the democratic party wouh
have left this country with but a fringe o
population on the water ways. Many of tin
leading bourbon democrats of to-day lool
upon tlio magnificent developments mid tin
grand improvements of the nation , whlcl
nro simply our labor , genius and manage
ment crystallized , as u rank , unnatural am
unwholesome growth , and believe that wi
ought to go back to the days of ignoranci
and sloth as quickly as possible.
Nebraska's Kcnrcpciitatlvc Delivers ni
Able AililruHH.
CiucAoo. June -Chainnan Jones Intro
duceil J.M. Thurston of Nebraska as tcmpor
ury chairman of the convention.
Delegate Osbornoot Kansas objected to th
assumption on the part of the national committee
mitteo of the right to name a tcmporar ;
chairman and asked if Thurston had bcci
elected by the convention.
Chairman Jones replied in an emphatic af
liruiative for which ho was vigorously op
But Osborno was. not to bo subdued and ii
the name of the Kansas delegation decline' '
to bo responsible for the action of the nation ; ]
committee in the matter and regarded It ns
great mistake [ liissc * ] . Ho desired th
roll of states to bu called in order thut th
Kansas delegation inlght cast its vote fo
William Warner of Missouri.
No attention was paid to his demand , how
over. i
Mr , Thurston , the temporary chairman
was then conducted to the platform am
spoke as follows :
Gentlemen ot tlio Convention , : I have nc
words in which to fittingly express my heart
felt appreciation of your confidence. I thunl
you , gentlemen , not for myself ulono hut fo
that great and plorious west , which novel
disappoints the exudations of the icpubli
can party. I comer from ti state who'-o vas
domain has been lur elv appropriated by th
surviving vcterumfof the army of ilu > republic
under the beneficent provisions of tlio home
stead and pre-emption laws enacted by n re
publican congress and true to heroic rccol
lections of the past the homesteader
pf the west .till . march on undei
the banner f republicanism. Ii
Victory and dcft t , In sunshine and ii
storm , in prosperity and adversity , thi
mighty west rctai ii the courajro of its con
victions , and holdsf thut devotion to i priiiciplr
Cboaph it briims d feat , is better than mi
cess ai'hlQveubylX > kca yews and politica
dishonor. j
The republieausnarty of the United State
rests upon the wisdom of its assembled dclu
Kates for such acubn as will insure success
If Wo are pri'p'aA'd to honestly nnd fairlj
V > o t the auprcmcjj issues of the 11041- with ;
clear , fearless atiJ ringing declaration o
principles and tA nominate a ticket whicl
will commend Jtsoyf to the loyalty iiud intei
licence o ? the country , v q can grandly win
When our candidates uro chosen wi > 'wil
all join you wltUficartandBoul pa
chorus of rejoicing and the rainbow of our
harmony shall plvo certain promise of the
plory of n victorious morning in November.
When the democratic party nt tlio close
of the last presidential election robbed us of
victory honestly nnd fairly won , wo patiently
waited for tlio coming ot the Justice ot years.
Wo hoped and believed that 1SSS would right
tbo great national wrong of 18 l.
Tlio speaker eulogized the republican parly
leaders and the old soldiers who had died
since the last national republican convention.
Ho then said : The other , that gnllnnt
leader , the chevalier of American pohlicstho
plory of republicanism and tlio tilehtmnro of
democracy , our Henry of Navarre , is seeking
in foreign travel long needed relaxation nml
rest from the wearisome burdens of public
life and service. With the sublime magnani
mity of his incomparable greatness ho has
denied us the infinite pleasure of supporting
him in this convention. Desiring nbovo nil
things party harmony mid success
ho has stepped from the cer
tain ladder of his own laudlblo ambition
thut Bomo other man may climb to power.
A shls true friends wo cmuiot , wo dare not ,
commit the political crime of disobedience to
his expressed will. We cannot place him nt
the head of the ticket , but wo will make him
comuuuulcr-lu.chief of the head of the forces
in the Held , wlicro ho will bo Invincible.
And though Jatncs G. Blnlne may not be our
president , yet ho remains our uncrowned
king , wielding the baton of acknowledged ,
leadership , supreme in the allegiance of ills
devoted followers , honored mid
respected by nil honest nnd
loyal mon as the greatest living
American nnd the worthy object of our un
dying lovo. But the republican party is not
left without great men to place upon Its
ticket. We have that honest , able mid ex
perienced financier , statesman and senator
from Ohio , nnd his no less distinguished col-
lenguo from Iowa. Indiana , Michigan and
Wisconsin present to us gallant soldiers ,
while New York. New Jersey , Kansas , Con
necticut and other states offer worthy nnd
favorite sons. From this splendid galaxy
of political stars wo cannot choose amiss.
The republican party points with pride
to the great achievements of Its past , mid
offers nsnncarncst of its future faithfulness ,
nn unbroken record of services performed
for freedom , union nnd national prosperity.
It is pre-euilncntly the party of protection.
It was born of nn Irrepressible desire to pro
tect the slave from the lash of his muster
and to save our civilization from the blight
ing curse of Unit crime against humanity. It
performed its sacred mission of protecting
the republic from secession nnd disunion ,
nnd in later times it succeeded in protecting
the credit nnd currency of the nation from
repudiation nnd inflation. Its platform , epi
tomized , stands for the protection of popular
government on the American continent ,
stands for the protection of nil governmental
nnd International rights from restriction or
invasion ; stands for the protection of the life ,
liberty nnd property of the individual ; stands
for the protection of all immunities and priv
ileges of American citizenship ; stands for the
protection of the ballot-box from the crimes
of intimidation , robbery and substitution ;
stands for the protection of American com
merce , American manufacture nnd Amer
ican agriculture from destructive foreign
competition ; stands for the protection of
homo invention , homo skill nnd homo
labor against the free trade heresies which
would pauperize and degrade them all ; stands
for the protection of the people from unjust
and oppressive exaction and combination of
aggregated capital and corporate power ;
stands also for the protection of both
capital and eorporutions from confisca
tion and mob violence , and nbovo all ,
stands for the protection of the sanctity
and happiness of the American home.
It welcomes to our shore the down trod
den and oppressed of every land , but it in
sists that the inestimable blessing of Ameri
can citizenship , purchased with the price
less blood of our ' "heroes nnd martyrs ,
shall bo extended to these otil.v
who nro in full sympathy mid
accord with the fundamental principles ol
our government , and who will loyally sup
port the sacred provisions of the constitution
of the United States. It holds that congress
has the power to save American civilization
and morality from leprosy , from Asiatic pa
ganism , degradation and contagion. It main
tains the nation should extend the benefits of
free government to all true lovers of liberty ,
but it demands that the law of the land shall
bo n shield to these only who obey it , and
thut for anarchists , communists and crimi
nals , American justice has nothing to offer
but the sword.
Reconstructed democracy has now been
in power nearly four years. Its admin
istration has been most satisfactory to
these who hold ollleo under it. Its
loyalty has received the approval of
every enemy of the government. The courage
of its foreign policy has amused the great
powers and pleased every coward. Its civil
service has been so thoroughly reformed ns
to delight Mr. Wiggins. Its Justice to dis
abled soldiers has won golden opinions from
those who gave them their wounds. Its
financial movements have been safe because
of its inability to destroy the resulting pros
perity of republican legislation , mid its un-
parallelled straddle of the t'ariff question bus
been a source of wonderment to "gods and
men , " It is btrong in the imbecility of in
nocuous desuetude , and deserves to live
us a reminiscence of promises forgotten and
pledges unredeemed. There nro these in
this land who sccin to believe that tlio mis
slon of the republican party is nt un cud :
that the emancipation proclamation , Appo
matox and tlio constitutional amendment !
are nt once the monuments of its glory am
the gravestones of its demise. But the
work of the republican party will never In
done until every American citizen enters iutc
his unquestioned inheritance of liberty , equu
rights und justice ; until rcpresentution It
congress in bused upon votes freely rust nni
fairly counted ; until adequate provision ha
been made for the helplessness and old ago ol
disabled veterans and the widows and or
jihans of their dead comrades ; until thosi
policies of government which Insure nutiona
and individual prosperity are firmly cstuh
lishcd and until patriotism und loyalty an
the only qualifications , except fltn ess fo ;
official position in the service of the republic.
There are those In the land who insist tha
the republican party keeps nlivt
the old time. sectional feeling
md refer Ito "Let the dead pus
bury its dead. " Tlio republic in party
longs and prays for the coming of the mil
leniuin of its hopes when in spirit mm n
truth Mason und Dixon's line will bi
blotted out forever ; when fraternal tici
und common interests unite us all ; when tin
whole people uro found rejoicing togctliei
Unit the inherited Institution of liuinai
slavery was destroyed by the justice of God
glad together that the holy bond
of union could not bo severed ; hopeful to
uetlier for a magnificent national destiny ;
loyal together to common country and its
uncomiuercd flag. But , when that glai
time comes black and white inns
march side by side in the broad sun
shltio of safety nnd lie down to peacefu
slumber In the untroubled shadows of un
protected homes. Tlio republican part ;
leans to tlio now south with wide open urmu
It offers loyal ustiiatanco in the dovelopmcn
of its iigriciilturo , opening of its milieu
and building up of its manufactories. 1
proposes , to break down the barriers o
unpleasant memories with the hope of nov
prosperity. Tlio great distinctive Issue o
the present campaign is the isbuo of tariff
To the support of the protective tariff then
will ribo up un overwhelming army of intel
ligent , thoughtful and practical men , am
east , west , north and south will juin hand :
together to forever exterminate in this re
public the pernicious doctrine of free trade
Tlio mighty past is with us here to-day. 1
fills us with that same spirit of freedom , pa
triotibm and devotion which breathed inti
the common dust of humanity tlio sublimi
Inspiration of heroic dcedb. I. < ; t us read it :
lesson rightly and hold its precepts dear
Let this convention find n Douglas for ou
Bruce. Ho wit ) tuko the soul of our grcu
leader into the t'oldcn casket of his love , am
with it lead us on to certain and splcndii
victory ,
The Convention ProoectlH nt Once t <
the Transaction of Business.
CHICAGO , Juno 19. At the idjuestof tin
national committee , the chairman laid befori
the convention an additional list of names o
j the ofllccrs of the temporary organization.
When the readlneof'ilie list vyas > concluded
ConRrcssmnn Herr of Michigan presented a
gavel to the temporary chairman. Ho said !
"I am requested by the delegates of my
state to present this gavel for the chairman
of this convention. It is made from the wood
of the oak under which the republican party
was organized In July , ISol , in the village of
Jackson , Mich. This gavel has uix > n It cop
per , wool , Iron , salt and wood llvo industries
that the party now In power would ruin and
abolish. "
In accepting the gavel , the chairman re
turned the thanks of the convention nnd re
marked that he would proceed to pound the
llfo out ot the democratic party.
The chairman announced that in the ab
sence of any objection tlio temporary organ
ization wus accepted by the convention.
Judge Moody ot Dakota made a motion
that Dakota bo allowed to cast ton \otes In
the convention instead of two ns now' shown
on Uio rolls , nnd made a long speech citing
the privileges granted other territories in
former conventions ,
A Delegate From Pennsylvania Mr.
Chairman , I move that the rules of the last
republican convention bu adopted until this
organization is completed.
The Chairman U the gentleman will wait
I will put his motion. 1 am directed by the
national committee to announce that it has
recommended that the Dakota delegation bo
allowed ten votes during the preliminary de
liberations of this convention nml
that Washington territory , by the grace
of the democratic party , bo Riven six.
The Chairman is moved und seconded
that tlio rules of tlio lust republican conven
tion bo adoptcil for our use until further
action by the convention. So many ns favor
the motion say "aye ; " contrary "no. " The
ayes have It and ll is so ordered.
Colonel Hallowcll of Kansas presented n
resolution of sympathy with General Sheri
dan. I desire to offer a resolution of sym
pathy us follows :
The delegates to the republican national
convention , representing the comrades of the
distinguished soldier and general of the
army , Philip II. Sheridan , nnd representing
also the living principles for which ho so
gallantly fought nnd tiiumphcd during the
great era of tlio war , scud htm their sincere
congratulations on the prospect of his re
covery , and liopo thut his life may bo preserved -
served for many years.
The chair put the question to the convention
by a rising vote. The ilclceatcs rose to a
man and with tremendous cheers endorsed
the resolution of sympathy to the heroic
At the request of a number of old union
soldiers nnd veteran delegates Lewis of Ken
tucky offered for consideration a. petition
asking that the convention assign n certain
number of tickets for the use of the bold de
fenders of the union.
Henderson of Iowa offered nn amendment
to the petition , adding the words "equally
amomr the states and territories , " ftiul ask
ing that the rules bo suspended und the peti
tion of these veterans bo granted.
The Chairman It is asked that unanimous
consent of tlio convention bo given to the
reference of the petition , together with
the amendment thereto , to the national com
mittee , with the request that the prayer bo
granted. Hearing no objection the chair
understands that unanimous consent is
given and the resolution with the amend
ment Is BO referred.
Davis of Illinois I move the adoption of
the following resolution : .
Uesolvcd , That the roll of states and ter
ritories bo called and the chairman of each
delegation announce the names of Iho persons
Ecleetcd to servo on the following commit
tees : Permanent organization , rules , order
-of business , credentials and resolutions.
Tlio Chairman Is thcro any objection to
the resolution ! No objection was presented.
The Chairman I would suggest that under
the rules there is but one committee on rules
and regulations.
Mr , Davis Then modify the resolution.
The Chairman If there is no objection ,
and it is following the predecont of former
conventions , the resolution will be con
sidered ns adopted. The secretary will call
the roll and ouch state as called will announce
from the floor the names of tlio members of
each one of these committees.
Mr. Fessendon of Connecticut moved that
the roll call bo dispensed with and Unit the
chairman of each state delegation forward to
the chair a list containing tlio names of such
committees. It was so ordered.
Charley GrccnoCiit Short in Iiitroilito-
IniC tlio Veteran ICcpulilican.
CIIICAUO , Juno 19. The chairman then
said :
Gentlemen of the Convention : There Is
present in this room , us a guest of the Nebraska -
braska delegation , that eminent citizen , tlio
lirst nominee of the republican party for the
ollleo of president , and 1 present to you the
request of thut delegation thut its clmlrman
bo given nn opportunity to present General
Fremont to tlio convention. Is there any ob
jection ? [ Cries of "no , no ! " ] If not , the
chairman of the delegation from Nebraska
will come forward to the platform and per
form that pleasant duty. [ Applause. ]
Gentlemen of the Convention : 1 introduce
to you Chairman Greene , of the Nebraska
Mr. Greene of Nebraska Mr chairman
and gentlemen of the convention : Moro
than thirty years ago the pioneers ol
republicanism , assembled at Philadelphia ,
declared their political creed und named
their presidential i-unilidutcs. Thus the
freedom of homo became tlio first buttlo cry
in that tremendous struggle in which the
powers of darkness were marshalled against
the hosts of freemen for the mastery of this
republic. Out of the chaos and conflict of
thut supreme controversy a now civilization
has arisen from the ashes of the past , tilling
nil the land with light and hopo. Hun
dreds of thousands of these who
mustered at the first roll uro asleep
In unrt'incmbcred graves. In war mid in
pence , wherever duty culled them , they bore
the banner of the free and asked no other
meed of praise except un emancipated land
Thcro were loaders , too , great men , gifted
to bo HO , who from the humble walks of lifo
by great und glorious deeds achieved Im
mortal lumo. The martyred Llncon , from
tlio richness of whoso llfo wo com our high
est aspirations ; Grant , whoso name is the
most illustrious ever borne by living man ;
Logun , glorious In war , magnificent in peace-
all bans of Illinois nro passed away.
The speaker was interrupted by cries of
"Fremont , " upon which Mr. Greene said :
He has been steadfast In the faith nnd 1
present bore to yon now , gentlemen of the
convention Juhn C. Fremunt ,
The old veteran , who In ISM first carried
the republican Hug towards the white house
and heralded the triumph which came to
Abraham Lincoln in 18'XI , stood up busulo
the chairman witli n grand army button In
the lapel of ills coat , and us his face appeared
above the desk , the niidienco and con vein ion
alike greeted him with enthusiastic cheers.
When the cheering subsided Chairmen
Thurston said :
Gentlemen of the convention , I introduce
to you the old hero , patriot and statesman -
General John C. Fremont. [ ChcerH.J
General Fremont wus warmly greeted.
He said ho was unwilling to delay the busi
ness of the convention mid would therofoic
consume only n few moments of time , but ha
would feel that ho carried un iiibcnbiblo clod
and not n warm sympathetic heart in his
breast if he were not grateful for the wel
come ho received. He wus liuppy und proud
to receive hero in this great national assem
bly the welcome given by his friends and
companions of many years , by his party
friendh , by tlio men and the sons of tlio men
with whom it hud been his consjilcuouH
honor to have been associated In
the firbl opening campaign of U5'J. '
A Short Spcci'li From the Kmlnont
Colored Leader.
CnicAuo , Juno 10.- Fred Douglas was then
rocognUcd as ho came upon the rear of the
stage und was loudly called for. Ho was
presented amiJ applause. Ho said ho hoped
the convention would muUo Bucli a record ii :
Us proceedings a.i to put it entirely out of the
power ot tlio leaders uf the democratic partj
ami the leaders Of the inug\vump \ party tc
say there was no difference between tuc re
publican party nnd the democratic party ( a
respect to thoclns * which will bo represented *
The democratic- party has always been faith *
ful to Us friends ami its friends had been
the slaveholders of the south. ThQ
republican party should bo faith *
ful to its friend * , and the nice
with black faces had over boon its friend * .
Let tno block men bo remembered in tha
platform which tlio convention would adopt ,
and let it bo remembered that this black man'
was now stripped of his constitutional right
to vote. Let tbo platform speak out for
equal rights for nil. Let not the party ho
driven from duty by the cry of "bloody
fOiirU" Lot It wave na long ns blood should
bo found on it. The government that ooulil
give liberty in its constitution ought tu hnvo
power to pgotcct that liberty In Its adminis
Attlio conclusion of Douglass1 speech louOl
calls wcro imulo for Ingei-boll , Bradley nnd
Mr. Wtuo TO'.IH IllH Hide of the Old
Dominion Story.
CHICAOO , Juno 10. The secretary then rend
Uio names of the commlttecmcn ns reported
by the various states. When Virginia was
reached the two contesting delegates reported
mid the chairman announced thut ho would
submit the Virginia question when the rend
ing was finished , so thut the con vention could
net upon all nt once. (
After the list of committees was read
Davis of Illinois offered a resolution which
ho desired road.ami adopted.
The Chair The resolution offered by the
gcntlcmup from Illinois will bo read after wo
finish this matter of the list.
Gentlemen of the convention : There now
remains the question as to what delegates
from the state of Virginia shall be permitted
to name the members of these several com
mittees from that state. Tlio chair will say
the national committee has placed upon the
roll of delegates , as entitled to scats , thodolo-
gatcs-at-largo headed by William Mahono.
There nro also four district delegates from
that state whose scats nro uncontcsted. The
national committee placed the other sot of
delcgutcs-ut-lurgo uiwn the list as contest *
ants , end they place all of the other district
delegates upon the list with the recommenda
tion that neither shall bo allowed to vote
until the contest is settled by the convention.
Unless the convention shall otherwise deter
mine , the chair will therefore hold thut for
imposes of participation in this temporary
organization the four dclegates-i\t-lurg
headed by William Mahono , together with
the four delegates whoso souls nro
uncontestcd , nro tlio delegates who nlona
have the right to name these committees and
to vote.
Mr. Wise of Virginia , was recognized by
the chair nnd took the platform amid loud
applause. He said : lam hero elalming to
bo the chairman of the Virginia delegation.
Wo nro permitted by this cull to have
twenty-four delegates from the state of
Virginia , and of that twenty-four , twenty
are contested and four uncontestcd.
Tlio contested delegates are the four dele-
gates-ut-largc , and the delegates from the
second , third , fifth , sixth , seventh , eighth ,
ninth and tenth districts. By the decision of
the national committee , with which wa
make no issue , the dolegatcs-at-lurge from
Virginia have been hold to liuvo n title to a
place upon the roll with Uio representative *
from the first , mid fourth districts.
The result is Unit four of the
delegates on the roll have contests
am ) four have not. Thus eight , but olio-
third of Virginia's ropresenlutlon.uow led by
William Mahono , who wrestling with the
rights of the republicans of'-"Virginia " is the , „
issue hero , who each have associated them
selves together with their comrades nnd
placed William Mahono UJKJII the committed
on credentials to pass upon tils own caso.
Gentlemen , that matter has been going on in
Virginia for some years , nnd t ho decision is
always in favor of the plaintiff. William ,
Mahono's name is sent hero by Williani
Mahono to decide whether William Miihono
Is n delegate or not. Now , T assure you that
I learned in Uio battles of Virginia that n
frco ballot and a fair count are the dearest
boons of national republicanism. I hnvo
learned in the long struggles which we have
waged thcro that no man ought to bo per
mitted to bo the judge and suitor both , nnd
yet the proposition , gravely presented lo
this convention by these eight men , four of
whom are considered and all of whom nro
led by him , is that , in this contest ho shall go
upon the committee and have a vote upon las
rights and mine. Now , Mr. Chairman , I say
it is not fair.
The General TcIlH Ills Story In n limit-
lilliiK Sort ofVny. .
CIIIOAOO , June 1 ! ) . There were cries from
all over the hall for Malione , and Mr. Mahono
advanced through the throng towards tha
stage. Senator Hoar was on the floor , however -
over , endeavoring to attract the attention ot
the chair. A grout deal of confusion ensued
and the chair was obliged to rap for order ,
after which the chair made the following a
nouncemcnt : The chair desires to state that
In making its decision it expressly reserved
to this convention tlio right to pass upon this
case for Itself , and the chair will entertain
any motion made by any gentleman looking
toward u solution of the question , I now
recognize the gentleman from Massachusetts ,
Senator Hoar.
Senator Hoar addressed the couventlo *
as follows : I fully appreciate the desire of
this convention to listen to the gentleman
from Virginia , in u matter in which ho Is so
much concerned , and I will interpose but two
sentences before that desire can uo fulfilled.
Tl.oy are these. First , it is absolutely nec
essary in the nuturo of the case that the na
tional committee should nmUo up the roll of
the de.cgates who must deal with tlio organ
isation of the convention. Otherwise wo
shall boat sea without chart or compass.
Next , General * M.thoia ! and bin colleagues ,
by universal parliamentary law , cannot bo
permitted to vote on their own case , Thb
committee on credentials will doiibtloas giva
the fullest bearing to the honorable contes
tant from Virginia who has just addressed
us , and these who are witli him. I suppose
the republicans of this country feel u pecul
iar honor for a man bearing the name ot
Henry A. Wise. They also liuvo profound
n-Hpt'ct forthn gallant general who first
broke the force of the solid south. [ Appluub *
ami LTK'B for Mahono. ]
General Mahono Mr. Chairman and fel
low republicans , I confess to vou that it ia
with no ordinary embarrassment , with no or
dinary rcgict , tiiat the representatives of the
great republican party of Uiis nation should
bi ) troubled to consider a question of dinseit-
tion in respect to the party in Virginia , but I
want , in response to what has been said to
prejudice it , If that bo possible , my atti
tude placed before this honorable conven
tion mid those for whom 1 speak , the regular
organisation of the republican iiurty of Vir
ginia , a party that has multiplied its active
political forces since I had the honor to enter
it from bO.OOO to 14 MUt ) . 1 represent 00 per
cent and more of the republican masses of
that commonwealth. Wo are met hereby
by gentlemen who have done little to
promote that development in Virginia ,
who have dona most to hold back
the wheels of progress , nuver con
tent , mid rarely putting their shoulders
to the wheel. They came hero with contests ,
und when I give this convention ono Illustra
tion it will satisfy them I doubt not of the
insufficiency of tliuir pretensions. I say , as
before your committee on credentials und
before this convention , wo shall bo urcpurcil
to demonstrate that wo rcircsc.'nt | the party
of thut state ut targe hero by over six hun
dred delegates out of TK ) , A convention was
called according to our party laws , requiring
republican voters to ubbcmhlu at their respec
tive precincts at the same day und the sutno
hour to appoint their delegates to city and
county conventions , and'br them their dclo-t
gates to Uio state convention. I say , a con
vention such as this , composed of nearly
seven hundred delcgutcs ' , send you /our
delcgates-at lurtrc , of 'which I have tha
honor to tfo ono , and who , 1
aM ( you , I Biibuit ' to thja
I convention , arc Uio coutcstuu'U a cults t tkui ]