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“We appeal to our brethren in the South, who know, with us, what it is to be overridden by fraud on the ballot box, to be counted out by corrupt election officers, to be dominated by an arrogant, unrelenting Democracy,
“We should have carried our State at every election for the past ten years if the count had been an honest one. We succeeded in throttling the ballot-box stuffers and imprisoning the corrupt election officers, only to have the whole raft of them pardoned in a day to work again their nefarious practices upon the honest people. But to day under ballot reform laws, with an honest count, we know we can win. It has been a long, terrible strife to the goal, but we have reached it unaided and unassisted from without, and we come to-day promising to the ticket here selected the vote of New Jersey whether you give us the Vice Presidential candidate or not. We make it no test of our Republicanism that we have a candidate. We have been too long used to fighting for principle for that, but we do say that you can by granting our request lighten our burden and make us a confident party with victory in sight even before the contest begins.
“ Will we carry Colorado, Montana and Nevada this year if the Democracy declare for: silver at 16 to 1? Let us hope we may. New Jersey has as many electoral votes as these three States together.
“Will you make New Jersey sure to take their place in case of need? We have in all these years of Republicanism been the “ lone star,” Democratic star in the North. Our forty years of wandering in the wilderness of Democracy are ended. Our Egyptian darkness disappears. We are on the hilltop looking into the promised land. En. courage us as we march over into the political Canaan of Republicanism, there to remain, by giving us a leader on the national ticket to go with us.
“We are proud of our public men. Their Republicanism and love of country have been welded in the furnace of political adversity. That man is a Republican who adheres to the party in a state where there is no hope for the gratification of personal ambitions. There are no camp followers in the minority party of any State. They. are all true soldiers in the militant army, doing valiant service without reward, gain or the hope thereof, from principle only.
“ A true representative of this class of Republicans, New Jersey will offer you to-day. He is in the prime of life, a never-faltering friend, with qualities of leadership unsurpassed, of sterling honor, of broad mind, of liberal views, of wide public information, of great business capacity, and withal he is a parliamentarian who would grace the Presidency of the Senate of the United States. A native of our State, the son of an humble farmer, he was reared to love of country in sight of the historic field of Monmouth, on which the blood of our ancestors was shed, that the republic might exist. From a poor boy, unaided and alone he has risen to his renown among us.
« In our State we have done for him all that the political condition would permit. He has been Speaker of our Assembly and President of our Senate. He has been the choice for the United States Senator of the Republican minority in the Legislature, and had it been in our power I to place him in the Senate of the United States he would ere this have been there.
• His capabilities are such as would grace any position of honor in the nation. Not for himself, but for our State; not for his ambition, but to give to the nation the highest type of public official, do we come to this convention by the command of our State, and, in the name of the Republican
party of New Jersey-unconquered and unconquerable undivided and indivisible—with our united voice speak. ing for all that counts for good citizenship in our State nominate to you for the office of Vice Fresident of the Republic, Garret A. Hobart, of New Jersey." (Prolonged applause.)
The speech was loudly cheered, the New Yorker's join ing with the New Jersey men in the nomination. J. OtiHumphrey, of Illinois, seconded Hobart.
A single ballot was all that was required to secure Mr Hobart's nomination. It was taken with the following re sult, after which the nomination was made unanimous :
Absent or not voting, .
924 The nomination met with the approbation of the entire Republican press of the country, and with that of the party in general. Said Mr. Hanna, Chairman of the National Committee, speaking for that body and the country:
“Mr. Hobart's nomination must be gratifying to the great body of Republicans throughout the country. In personal character and qualifications for the office he is a fit associate for Major McKinley and will bring great
strength to the ticket. In addition, he is wholly free from all factional complications, a leader within his own State and liked best where he is best known. I do not see how, under the circumstances, a wiser or better choice could have been made.”
One sentiment from the public press will answer for all:
"Mr. Hobart has been a leading force for many years in the Legislature and politics of New Jersey. Though a lawyer by profession his activities have been largely in executive duties and his reputation was gained through success in business lines. His winning manners will make him friends in the Senate and his experience as Speaker of the New Jersey Assembly will stand him in good stead when in the chair of the Vice President. Should Providence see fit to call him to the position of Chief Magistrate he has shown that he possesses the qualifications which should carry him through the trying duties of that exalted station with credit and success. It is a good nomination and gives the Republican party a well-balanced, harmonious and entirely acceptable ticket.”
On July 7, Mr. Hobart was officially notified of his nomination as Vice President by the Republican National Convention. The ceremony took place at his home in the presence of an assembly of 3,000 people. The Chair man of the Notification Committee, ex-Judge Charles W. Fairbanks, said :
“ Mr. Hobart:-The Republican National Convention recently assembled at St. Louis commissioned us to formally notify you of your nomination for the office of Vice President of the United States. We are met pursuant to the direction of the Convention to perform the agreeable duty assigned us.
"In all the splendid history of the great party which
holds our allegiance, the necessity was never more urgent for steadfast adherence to those wholesome principles which have been the sure foundation rock of our national prosperity. The demand was never greater for men who hold principle above all else and who are unmoved either by the clamor of the hour or the promise of false teachers.
“The Convention at St. Louis, in full measure met the high demands of the times in its declaration for party principles and in the nomination of candidates for Presi. dent and Vice President. Yes, the office for which you were nominated is of rare dignity, honor and power. It has been graced by the most eminent statesmen who have contributed to the upbuilding of the strength and glory of the Republic.
“Because of your exalted personal character and of your intelligent and patriotic devotion to the enduring principles of a protective tariff, which wisely discriminates in favor of American interests, and to a currency whose integrity none can challenge, and because of your conspicuous fitness for the exacting and important duties of this high office, the Republican National Convention, with a unanimity and enthusiasm rarely witnessed, chose you as our candidate for Vice President of these United States.
“We know it to be gratifying to you personally to be the associate of William McKinley in the pending contest. For you and your distinguished associate we bespeak the enthusiastic and intelligent support of all our countrymen, who desire that prosperity shall again rule throughout the Republic.” Mr. Hobart responded as follows: “I beg to extend to you my grateful acknowledgments