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Page. The Republican Convention...... 5-21 Silverites' Address to the People of Senator Teller's Speech............ 5 the United States............... 19 Vote on Financial Plank, Republi- : The Democratic Convention...... 22-32
can Convention................. 8 Vote on the Financial Question.... Platform Republican Convention.. 8 The Democratic Platform........ Senator Foraker's Speech Nominat Speech of William J. Bryan......
ing Mr. McKinley ...............10 Speeches Nominating William J. Senator Thurston's Speech Second
Bryan for President............ 28 ing the Nomination of Mr. Mc Vote for President and Vice-PresiKinley........................
11 dent ................ Vote for Republican Nominees for Sketch of the Life of William J.
President...................... 12 Bryan ................ .........
Mr. Hobart for Vice-President... 12 The Prohibition Convention.......
Vice-President ................ The Populist Platform............
...... 14 Speech of Senator David B. Hill..
lican Convention................ 18 State Elections .................
THE PRESIDENTIAL CONTEST OF 1896.
Proceedings of the great national con-, those platforms, the speeches which placed ventions of 1896 have become a part of the them before the people as candidates for their political history of the United States. What- votes, and sketches of their lives and careers ever may be written of them in the time to form no uninteresting theme. come can never deal so clearly and with such In addition there will be found in the folaccuracy of detail as the record which the lowing pages the votes by states on platcolumns of the Eagle daily set before its forms and candidates, forming a valuable readers.
table of reference. Supplemental to this will The value of such an historic record may be found the story of the action taken by the be but little appreciated by those even great- silver delegates on leaving the Republican ly interested in the events which pass to convention and the farewell address of Senamake it. Preservation of present events, in tor Teller; the speech which above all e se any form of sequence, is but rare and yet the led to the nomination of William Jennings value of such a work becomes apparent within Bryan at Chicago and other details of the the month and grows to large proportions conventions which go to make a complete with advancing time.
history of their work. It is the purpose here to place in straightfor- The Republican national convention met ward and succinct form the story of the at St. Louis on Tuesday, June 16. The national conventions as the happenings of each Democratic national convention opened in were published in the Eagle as they ran. The Chicago on Tuesday, July 7, and the Popuplatforms of the parties, the candidates for list convention opened in St. Louis on TuesPresident and vice president nominated on'day, July 22.
In the Republican convention the silver is- / years of study and by years of thought. In sue made its appearance very early in the my judgment the American people in the
whole line of their history have never been session on the discussion of the financial
called upon to settle a question of greater plank in the proposed platform. It was up-l importance to them than this. on this issue that Senator Teller and those "The great contest, in which many of you delegates holding his views upon the silver participated, of whether we should have two question decided to leave the convention
flags or one, was not more important to the
American people than the question of a should the gold plank be adopted. Senator
proper solution of what shall be the money Teller was aware of the attitude of the con
system of this land. vention on the financial issue before the vote "I have said enough to show that I think was taken, and it was in protesting against
tbat this is not a question of policy, but a the adoption of t'hat issue that he made the
question of principle. It is not a mere idle
thing, but one on which hangs the happiness, following address, not more in protest than
the prosperity, the morality and the independfareweli:
ence of American labor and American pro
ducers. (Applause.) Confronted for the first Senator Teller's Speech.
time in the history of this glorious party of “Gentlemen of the convention-I will not ours-confronted, I say, for the first timeattempt to inflict upon you a discussion of with a danger of a financial system that, in the great financial question which is dividing my judgment, will be destructive of all the the people, not only of this country, but of great interests of this land. we are called the world. The few moments allotted to me upon to give to this provision of our platform by the convention will not enable me to more our adhesion or rejection. than state, in the briefest manner, our objec- “Mr. President, I do not desire to say untions to the financial plank proposed for our kind or unfriendly things and I will touch consideration. I am a practical man and I in a moment and only a moment upon why
on- l object to this provision of this patform. vention, foreshadowed as they were by the The Republican party has never been the action of the committee selected by the Re-party of a single standard. (Applause.) It publicans essembled from different states. was a bimetallic party in its origin and all its
“This plank or the proposition was presented history. In 1888 it declared for bimetallism. to the whole committee and by it rejected. In 1892 it declared for bimetallism. In 1896 Loyalty to my own opinion and consideration it declared for a single gold : of the great interest that is felt in this coun 1888 we carried the state that I here repretry, compels me in the face of unusual diffi- sent for the Republican nominee. We carculties to present this for our consideration, ried it on a bimetallic platform. We carried not with that bounding hope nor with that it with a majority that equaled, considering courage that I have presented in other bodies our vote, any state in the Union. (Applause.) with greater measure of success than I can | It has been a Republican state from the hour hope for here.
of its admission. It has kept in the senate "The great and supreme importance of this Republican senators and in the house Requestion is alone my excuse for the few words publican members. that I shall say to you. In conjunction with “Mr. President, I promised you that I would this subject in a public capacity I have dealt not discuss the silver question, and I will not, for twenty years. I represent a state that except to say that this platform is such a disproduces silver, but I want to say to you here i tinct departure from everything heretofore and now that my advocacy is not in the slight-adopted by the party that it challenges our est degree influenced by that fact. (Applause Republican name to accept it. The platform and a voice. "Good.')
contains some platitudes about international "I contend for it because I believe that conferences. It provides that we will mainthere can be no found financial system in tain the gold standard in this country until any country in the world that does not rec the principal nations of the world shall agree ognize this principle. I contend for it be- that we may do otherwise. This is the first cause since 1873, when it was ruthlessly / gathering of Republicans since this party stricken from our statutes, there has been was organized that has declared the inability a continued depreciation of all products of of the American people to control their own human labor ani human energy. I contend affairs. All the silver delegates arose in a body for it because in this year of 1896 the Ameri- at this and howled their approval of the senti. can people are in greater distress than theyment.) ever were in their history. I contend for i “To my horror this declaration from the it because this is, in my judgment, the great great political party of Abraham Lincoln and weight, the great incubus that has weighed U. S. Grant! Do you believe that the American down enterprises and destroyed prices in people are too weak to actually maintain a this favored land of ours. I contend for it financial system commensurate with the busibecause I believe the progress of my coun- ness of the country on their own fruition. try is dependent on it. I contend for it be- Gentlemen of the convention,you will have no cause I believe that the civilization of the bi-metallic agreement with all the great comworld is to be determined by the rightful mercial nations of the world, and it cannot be or the wrongful solution of this financial obtained. Sothis is a declaration that the gold question.
standard is to be put upon this country and “I am tolerant of those who differ with me. kept here for all time. Do you believe that I act from my own judgment, enlightened as Great Britain, that commercial nation of the best I have been able to enlighten it by my world, our powerful competitor in commerce