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nomination of that convention,o r accept any | tariff. They do not fear the warlike prepkind of public trust by proclaiming their arations of Europe, but they do fear its cheap willingness to stand upon any platform that manufacture. Their real danger is not from may be adopted. The truth s, the party that foreign navies carrying guns, but from forcould stand up under the odium of human eign fleets bringing goods. This is the year slavery, opposition to the war for enfranchise- of the people. They have risen in their ment, reconstruction and specie resumption, might. From ocean to ocean, from lake to at last finds itself overmatched and undone gulf, they are united as never before. We by itself. It is writhing in the throes of know their wishes and are here to register dissolution superinduced by a dose of its own their will. They must not be cheated of medicine. No human agency can prevent its their choice. They know the man best qualiabsolute overthrow at the next election, ex- fied and equipped to fight their battles and cept only this convention. If we make no to win their victories. His name is in every mistake the Democratic party will go out of heart, on every tongue. His nomination is power on the fourth of March, to remain out certain, his election sure. His candidacy will until God in His wisdom and mercy and sweep the country as a prairie is swept by goodness shall see fit once more to chastise fire. This is the year of the people. In His people.

their name, by their authority, I second the "So far we have not made any mistake. We nomination of their great champion, William have adopted a platform, which notwithstand- McKinley. Not as a favorite son of any ing the scenes witnessed in this ball this morn state, but as the favorite son of the ing meets the demands and expectations of the United States. Not as a concession American people. It remains for us now as

to Ohio, as an added honor to the the last crowning of our work here to com

nation. When his country called to arms, he plete our work by nominating a good candi

din took into his boyish hands a musket and foldate. The people want a good Republican,

lowed the flag, bravely baring his breast to

the hell of battle that it might ficat serenely they want something more than a wise patrio

Tin the Union sky. For a quarter of a century tic statesman, they want a man who embodies in himself not only all of those essential

he has stood in the fierce light of public place,

and his robes of office were spotless as the qualifications, but who in addition, in the high

driven snow. He has cherished no higher amest possible degree typifies in a monetary

bition than the honor of his country and the character, in record, in ambition and in pur

welfare of the plain people. Steadfastly, courpose, the exact opposite to all that is signified

ageously, victoriously and with tongue of fire, and represented by the free trade, defiict mak

| he has pleaded their cause. His labor, ability ing, bond issuing, labor saving democratic

and perseverance have enriched the statutes administration (cheers). I stand here to present to this convention such a man. His name is behalf. All his contributions to the master

of the United States with legislation in their William McKinley."

pieces of American oratory are the outpourMr. McKinley's nomination was seconded ings of a pure heart and a patriotic purpose.

His God given powers are consecrated to the by Senator Thurston:

advancement and renown of his own country Speech of Senator Thurston Seconding and to the uplifting and ennobling of his own

countrymen. He has the courage of his conthe Nomination of William McKinley. victions and cannot be tempted to woo success

or avert defeat by any sacrifice of principle “Mr. Chairman and gentlemen of the con

or concession of popular clamor." In the hour vention-This is the year of the people. They

of Republican disaster, when other leaders are conscious of their power; they are tena

were excusing and apologizing, he stood steadcious of their rights; they are supreme in

fastly by that grand legislative act which this convention; they are certain of victory

bore his name, confidently submitting his case now and in November. They nave Iramed to the judgment of events, and calmly waiting the issue of this campaign. What is it? |

for that triumphant vindication whose laurel Money? Yes. money, not that which is coined this convention is impatient to place upon his for the mine owner at the mint or clipped

brow. Strengthened and seasoned by long by the coupon cutter from the bond, but that congressional services, broadened by the exwhich is created by American muscle on the

ercise of important executive powers, master farms and in the factories. The Western

of the great economic questions of the age, mountains clamor for silver and the Eastern

eloquent, single hearted and sincere, he stands seashore cries for gold, but the millions ask

I to-day the most conspicuous and commanding for work-an opportunity to labor and to character of this generation, divinely orlive. The prosperity of a nation is in the dained, as I believe, for a great mission to employment of its people and, thank God, lead this people out from the shadow of adthe electors of ihe United States know this versity into the sunshine of a new and endurgreat economic truth at last. The Republican ing prosperity. Omnipotence never sleeps. party does not stand for Nevada or New York “Every great crisis brings a leader. For every

one, but for both; not for a state, but for supreme hour Providence finds a man. The all. Its platform is as broad as the land, necessities of 1896 are almost as great as as national as the flag. Republicans are those of 1861. True, the enemies of the nadefinitely committed to sound currency, but tion bave ceased to threaten with the sword, they believe that in a government of the and the constitution of the United States no people the welfare of men is paramount to longer tolerates that the shackles shall fret the interests of money. Their shibboleth the limbs of men, but free trade and free coinof this campaign is “Protection.” From the age hold no less menace to the American

age ground of their own selection they progress than did the armed hosts of treason cannot be stampeded by Wall Street panics and rebellion. If the voice of the people is.

coinage cyclones. Reports of inter- indeed, the voice of God, then William Mcnational complications and rumors of war Kinley is the complement of Abraham Lincoln. pass them lightly by; they know that the real Yea, and he will issue a new emancipation enemy of American prosperity is free trade, proclamation to the enslaved sons of toil, and and the best coast defense is a protectivel they shall be lifted up into the full enjoyment



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of those privileges, advantages and opportuni- tleman, soldier, statesman, patriot, William ties that belong of right to the American | McKinley." people. Under his administration we shall

Vote for President. command the respect of the nations of the earth, the American flag will never be hauled The total vote on first ballot was: down, the right of American citizenship will McKinley . . . . . . . . . . 661 1-2 be enforced, abundant revenues provided, for- |

Reed . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 1-2 eign merchandise will remain abroad, our gold | Morton . . . . . . . . . . . 58 be kept at home, American institutions will

quay • • • • • • • • • • • • 61 1 2. be cherished and upheld, all governmental

Allison . .

35 1-2 obligations scrupulously kept, and on the es

Cameron . . . . . . . . cutcheon of the Republican party will be indelibly engraved the American policy-protec

The Vote by States. tion, reciprocity and sound money. My coun

Mctrymen, let not your hearts be troubled; the State.

Kinley. Morton.Reed, Quay. Allison darkest hour is just before the day, the morn Arizona

.... 6 ing of the twentieth century will dawn bright Alabama

........ 19

Arkansas .... .. and clear. Lift up your hopeful faces and re


Colorado-Cast no vote. ceive the light; the Republican party is

California ... coming back to power and William McKin Connecticut.. . ley will be President of the United States. | Delaware .... In an inland manufacturing city, on elec

Florida ......

Georgia .... .... tion night, in November '94, after the wires Idaho-Cast no vo had confirmed the news of a sweeping Re- Illinois .. publican victory, two workingmen started

Indiana ........ to climb to the top of a great smokeless


Kansas chimney. That chimney had been built by

Kentucky .. the invitation and upon the promise of Re Louisiana ... publican protective legislation. In the fac Massachusetts... tory over which it towered was employment

Michigan .......

Minnesota ..... for twice a thousand men. It had stood a

Mississippi........ 17 cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night Maine .... ... for a busy, industrious, happy people. Now | Maryland ....... bleak, blackened, voiceless and dismantled, Missouri

"Montana .. like a grim scepter of evil, it frowned down

New Hampshire. upon the hapless city, where poverty, idle

New Jersey .... ness, stagnation and want attested the com- | New York. ....... 17 plete disaster of the free trade experiment. Nebraska .....

Nevada ........... Up and up, they climbed, watched by the

North Dakota .. breathless multitude below. Up and up and North Carolina 1 up, until at last they stood upon its summi Ohio ...... ...... and there in the glare of the electric light,

Oregon ..... cheered by the gathered thousands they un

Pennsylvania ...

Rhode Island . :urled and nailed an American flag. Down

South Carolina.. in the streets strong men wept the happy South Dakota... tears of hope, and mothers, lifting up their | Tennessee ......

Texas ...... ..... babies, invoked the blessing of the flag; and

Utah ...... then impassioned lips burst forth in song Vermont .. .. the hallelujah of exultant hearts; the mighty | Vire

Virginia ...... pean of a people's joy. That song, the en

Washington ...

West Virginia .. thusiastic millions sing it yet.

Wisconsin ........ "Hurrah! Hurrah! We bring the jubilee;

Wyoming .........
Hurrah! Hurrah! The flag that makes us free.
So we sing the chorus from the mountains to the Total ..........66142 58 8442

Hurrah for McKinley and protection.

*J. Donald Cameron, 1; blak. 4.

TERRITORIES. Over the city that free flag waved, caress- | Oklahoma ....... 4 ed by the passing breezes, kissed by the Indian Territory. 6

Dist. Columbia.. silent stars. And there the first glad sun

New Mexico...... shine of the morning fell upon it, luminous

Alaska .... .... and lustrous with the tidings of Republican Total vote cast, 922. success. On behalf of those stalwart workmen and all the vast army of American toil

The nomination was made unanimous. ers; that their employment may be certain, Sneech of Franklin Fort Nominatin

Speech of Franklin Fort Nominating their wages just, their dollars the best of the civilized world; on behalf of that dis- Garret A. Hobart for Vice President. mantled chimney and the deserted factory

Garret A. Hobart of New Jersey was placed at its base; that the furnaces may once more flame, the mighty wheels revolve, the

in nomination for the vice presidency by whistles scream, the anvils ring, the spindles

Franklin Fort. hum; on behalf of the thousand cottages "Mr. Chairman and gentlemen of the round about and all the humble homes of convention-I rise to present this convention this broad land; that comfort and content- the claims of New Jersey to the vice presiment may again abide; the firesides glow, dency. We come because we feel that we can the women sing, the children laugh; yes, for the first time in our history bring to you. and on behalf of the American flag and all a promise that our electoral vote will be cast it stands for and represents; for the honor | for you nominees. If you comply with our reof every stripe, for the glory of every star; quest this promise will surely be redeemed. that its power may fill the earth and its For forty years through the blackness of darksplendor, span the sky, I ask the nomination ness of a universally triumphant Democracy of that loyal American, that Christian gen-| the Republicans of New Jersey have main

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tained their organization and fought as val- to work again their nefarious practices upon iantly as if the outcome were to be assured an honest people. But to-day, under ballot victory. Only twice through all this long I reform laws, with an honest count, we know period has the sun shone in upon us. Yet, we can win. It has been a long, terrible through all these years we have, like Gold- strife to the goal, but we have reached it unsmith's captive, felt that

aided and unassisted from without, and we

come to-day, promising to the ticket here seHope, like the gleaming taper's light

lected the vote of New Jersey, whether you Adorns and cheers our way; And still, as darker grows the night,

give us. the vice presidential candidate or not. Emits a brighter ray.

We make it no test of our Republicanism that

we have a candidate. We have been too long “The fulfillment of this hope came in 1894. used to fighting for principle for that; but we In that year for the first time since the Re- do say that you can, by granting our request, publican party came into existence, we sent to lighten our burden and make us a confident congress a solid delegation of eight Republi- | party with victory in sight, even before the cans, and elected a Republican to the United contest begins. Will we carry Colorado, MonStates senate. We followed this in 1895 by tana and Nevada this year if the Democracy electing a Republican governor by a majority declare for silver ast 16 to 1? Let us hope we of 28,000. And in this year of grace we ex-may. New Jersey has as many electoral votes pect to give the Republican electors a majority

as those three states together. Will you not of not less than twenty thousand. I come to make New Jersey sure to take their place in you, then, to-day in behalf of a new New case of need? We have in all these long years Jersey, a politically redeemed and regenerated of Republicanism been the lone star Democratstate. Old things have passed away, and be- lic state in the North. Our forty years of hold all things have become new. It is many

wandering in the wilderness of Democracy are long years since New Jersey has received

ended. Our Egyptian darkness disappears. recognition by a national convention. When

| We are on the hill top looking into the promHenry Clay stood for protection in 1844 New ised land. Encourage us as we march over Jersey furnished Theodore Frelinghuysen into the political Canaan of Republica as his associate. The issue then was restora

there to remain, by giving us a leader on the tion of the tariff and was more nearly like

Republican national ticket to go with us. We that of to-day than at any other period which

| are proud of our public men. Their RepublicI can recall in the nation's political history.anism and love of country has been welded In 1856 when the freedom of man brought the in the furnace of political adversity. That Republican party in existence and the great man is a Republican who adheres to 'Pathfinder' was calle dto lead New Jersey

the party in a state where there furnished for that unequal contest William L.

is no hope for the gratification of Davis as the vice presidential candidate. Since

personal ambitions. There are no camp folthen, counting for nothing, we have asked

lowers in the minority party of any state. for nothing. During this period Maine has

They are all true soldiers in the militant had a candidate for President and a vice presi

army, doing valiant service without reward, dent; Massachusetts a vice presidenti New

gain or the hope thereof, from principle York four vice presidents, one of whom be

only. A true representative of this class o came president for almost a full term; In

Republicans New Jersey will offer you to-day. diana a President, a candidate for President

? He is in the prime of life, a never faltering and a vice president; Illinois a President

!! | friend, with qualities of leadership unsurpasstwice and a vice presidential candidate;

ed, of startling honor, of broad mind, of libOhio two Presidents and now a candidate for

eral views, of wide public information, of the third time; Tennessee a vice president,

great business capacity, and with all a parliawho became President for almost a full term.

mentarian who would grace the presidency of We believe that the vice presidency of 1896

the senate of the United States. A native of should be given to New Jersey; we have rea

our state, the son of an humble farmer. He sons for our opinion. We have ten electoral

was reared to love of country in sight of votes. We have carried the state in the elec- the historic field on Monmouth, on which tions of 1893, 1894 and 1895. We hope and be the blood of our ancesters was shed, that the lieve we can keep the state in the Republican republic might exist. From a poor boy unco umn for all time. By your action to-day aided and alone he has risen to his renown you can greatly aid us. Do you believe you among us. In our state we have done for could place the vice presidency in a state him all that the political condition would permore justly entitled to recognition, or one mit. He has been speaker of our assembly which it would be of more public advantage and president of our senate. He has been the to hold in the Republican ranks? If the party choice for United States senator of the Rein any state is deserving of approval for the publican minority in the legislature, and had sacrificing of its members to maintain its or- it been in our power to have placed him in ganization, then the Republicans of New Jer- the senate of the United States, he would sey, in this, the hour of their ascendency, af- long ere this have been there. His capabiliter long years of bitter defeat, feel that they ties are such as would grace any position cannot come to this convention in vain. We of honor in the nation. Not for himself, but appeal to our brethren in the South, who for our state, not for his ambition, but to give know, with us, what it is to be overriden by to the nation the highest type of public officfraud on the ballot box; to be counted out by ial do we come to this convention, by the comcorrupt election officers; to be dominated by mand of our state, and in the name of the an arrogant, unrelenting Democracy.

Republican party of New Jersey-unconquered "We should have carried our state at every and unconquerable, undivided and indiviselection for the past ten years if the count able, with our united voice speaking for all had been an honest one. We succeeded in that counts for good citizenship in our state throttling the ballot box stuffers and impris- and nominate to you for the office of vice oning the corrupt election officers, only to president of the republic, Garret A. Hobart have the whole raft of them pardoned in a day, of New Jersey.











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Vote for Vice President.

| recent events have imposed upon the patriotic Following was the vote for vice president:

people of this country a responsibility and a duty greater than any since the civil war. Then it was a struggle to preserve the government of the United States. Now it is a

struggle to preserve the financial honor State.

of the government of the United States. (Cries of 'Yes' and applause.)

Then it was a contest to save the Union. Now Alabama ... 10 1 11

it is a contest to save spotless its credit. (Great Alaska .....

applause.) Then section was arrayed against Arizona ....

section. Now men of all sections can unite, Arkansas ... California

and will unite, to rebuke the repudiation of Connecticut

our obligations and the debasement of our District of Co

currency. (Applause.) In this contest paDelaware Florida

triotism is above party and national honor is Georgia

I dearer than any party name. The currency Idaho ...

and credit of the government are good now Illinois

and must be kept good forever. Our trouble. Indiana .

is not with the character of the money that Iowa ........ Kansas

we have, but with the threat to debase it. Kentucky

We have the same currency that we had in Louisiana

1892, good the world over, and unquestioned Maine .... Maryland

by any people. Then, too, we had unMassachusetts

exampled credit and prosperity. Our Michigan ...

difficulty now is to get that money in Minnesota

circulation and invested in productive enterMississippi Missouri

prises which furnish employment to American Montana ...

Five absent.

labor. (Great applause.) This is impossible Nebraska

with the distrust that hangs over the country Nevada

at the present time, and every effort to make New Hampshire.

our dollars, or any one of them, worth less. New Jersey.. New York........

than 100 cents each' only serves to increase North Carolina...

that distrust. What we want is a sound policy, North Dakota...

financial and industrial, which will give courOhio ........... Oregon ........

age and confidence to all, for when that is. Pennsylvania

done the money now unemployed because of Rhode Island.

fear for the future and lack of confidence in South Carolina

investment, will quickly appear in the chanSouth Dakota..

nels of trade. (Cries of 'You are right, Tennessee Texas .........

major,' and applause.) Gentlemen, the emUtah

ployment of our idle money that we already Virginia

have, in gainful pursuits, will put every idle. Vermont

man in the country at work and when there Washington West Virginia.

is work there is wages, and when there is Wyoming

work and wages there are consumers who Wisconsin

constitute the best market for the products New Mexico..

of our soil. (Great applause.) Having deOklahoma ...... Indian Territory.......

stroyed business and confidence by a free

trade policy it is now proposed to make things. Total.................... 53312 39 27712 2 3 2 3 1

still worse by entering upon an era of de-.

preciated currency. Not content with the inRhode Island cast her votes for Lippitt. Virginia cast he votes for James A. Walker. Absent, auguration of the ruinous policy which has. 23; necessary to a choice, 448.

brought down the wages of the laborer and

the price of farm products its advocates now McKinley's First Speech After His

offer a new policy which will diminish the Nomination.

value o! the money in which the wages and

the products are paid. (Applause.) Against After the news of Mr. McKinley's nomina- | both of these we st

both of these we stand opposed. Our creed: tion had reached him at his home in Canton, embraces an honest dollar, an untarnished crowds from all over the country gathered | national credit, adequate revenues for the

uses of the government protection to labor to offer congratulations. On Saturday, July |

and industry, preservation of the home mar11, in addressing the people gathered about ket, and reciprocity which will extend our his house he made the first speech of any foreign markets. Upon this platform we length after learning of the action of the stand, and submit its declarations to the sober convention at St. Louis. He said:

and considerate judgment of the American

people. (Applause.) I thank you again, my “Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen and fellow citizens, for this call and greeting, and my fellow citizens—It gives me great pleasure it will give me very great pleasure, ladies and to welcome you to my home city and to my gentlemen, to meet you personally." (APhome, and I appreciate more than I can find plause.) words to express the honor and the compli

William McKinley's Career. ment of this call. I thank you for your congratulations and the assurance of support William McKinley, the candidate for Presiwhich you make for the great principles for dent, is of revolutionary stock on both sides. which this year the Republican party stands. His great grandfather enlisted eight times: (Applause.) I congratulate you upon having in the revolutionary war. His grandmother's for your name that of one of the most illus- father, Andrew Rose, jr., fought and forged trious of our statesmen of Ohio, Joseph B. bullets and cannon balls for the patriots. Foraker. (Applause.) My fellow citizens, | Thus it will be seen that the American




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