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tack on the governor and hit him on the chest with a stick. He tried to leap away, but was knocked down by a personal friend of Theodore Roosevelt.
“ Down with the gold bugs !” was the cry, and the violence of the mob increased. The friends of Governor Roosevelt rallied to his support, and blows were given and taken freely. But with it all the candidate reached bis train in safety, and in a few minutes more had left the town far behind. He was not much disturbed, and the very next day went on with his speechmaking as if nothing out of the ordinary had happened. The better classes of citizens of Victor were much disturbed over the happening, and they sent many regrets to Governor Roosevelt, assuring him that such a demonstration would never again be permitted to occur.
ELECTED VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES –
PRESIDES OVER THE SENATE — TAX UPON THEO-
But the campaign, sharp and bitter as it had been, was not yet at an end. In New York City there followed a “Sound Money Parade,” which was perhaps the largest of its kind ever witnessed in the United States. It was composed of all sorts and conditions of men, from bankers and brokers of Wall Street to the humble factory and mill hands from up the river and beyond. The parade took several hours to pass, and was witnessed by crowds almost as great as had witnessed the Dewey demonstration.
In New York City, as the time drew closer for the election, there was every
intimation that the contest would be an unusually “hot” one, and that there would be much bribery and corruption. It was said by some that police methods were very lax
at that time, and that the saloons, which ought to be closed on election day, would be almost if not quite wide open.
“We must have an honest election,” said Governor Roosevelt. And without loss of time he sent letters to Mayor Van Wyck, and to the sheriff and the district attorney of the county of New York, calling their attention to the facts in the case, and telling them that he would hold them strictly responsible if they did not do their full duty. As a consequence the election was far more orderly than it might otherwise have been in the metropolitan district.
The results of the long contest were speedily known. McKinley and Roosevelt had been elected by a large plurality, and both they and their numerous friends and supporters were correspondingly happy. Great parades were had in their honor, and it was predicted, and rightly, that the prosperity which our country had enjoyed for several years in the past would continue for many years to come.
During those days the United States had but one outside difficulty, which was in China. There a certain set of people called