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THE MORNING OBEQONIAN, FRIDAY, &PRIL' 13,IgO0.
LOOKS LIKE FUSION
Will Probably Trot
ARC SLOW IN TAKING ACTION
Apportionment of Ofloes the Bone ot
Contention With the Democrats
' Adjourned Till Today.
Fusion dominates the Populist Stale
Convention. Before the first day's -work
had been finished, the fuslonlsta had ab
solute control. When the convention
opened yesterday morning It was an even
guees of whether It would survive the
day In Its entirety. But the fuslonlrts
were Iron-willed, and those who did not
want to see another split had to come
But little was accomplished all day.
Permanent organization was effected with
Will R. King; of Malheur County. In the
chair. Sir. King was also elected chair
man of the Populist State Central Com
mittee. Naming of the National delegates
was in progress at the time of adjourn
ment. A conference with the Democrats
resulted in a platform which was read to
the Populists at a very late hour and not
discussed or adopted. Apportionment of
offices, which Is the basis of co-operative
work between the two parties. Is the bone
of contention, and It was not touched.
Committees from the Populists are con
ferring, and are eagerly contending that
the Democrats shall not act the part of
hog. Thla tells the story of the day.
Election of Mr. King as permanent
chairman of the convention, and then
chairman of the State Central Commit
tee. Indicated the mastery of fusion.
Straight, Independent Populist sympathis
ers had been stoutly contending for ab
solution from Democratic sins. Mr. King's
influence In the country and Ernest Kro
ner's In Multnomah County was too much.
These leaders and their followers would
accept no compromise of the views held
for party success. Mr. TTRen serenely
watched the convention from the stand
point of the disinterested spectator. A. P.
Nelson was in the Multnomah delegation.
State Chairman Williams had anti-fusion
ideas, but was obliged to yield them up.
A pleading talk was given by a Mlddle-of
the-Road Populist from the National Com
mittee, which nearly precipitated trouble.
At the latest moment there were breaker
ahead, but today's work may see a change
as complete as was witnessed in the fall
of Independent hopes.
Proceedings opened at the morning ses
sion with an air of suppressed apprehen
sion. There were animated knots about
the hall discussing the one dominant Is
sue fusion. It was confidently expected
that selection of temporary chairman
would precipitate the question, therefore
the qualifications, as well as record and
affiliations of several prominent members
of the party were topics of conversation.
Will R. King, who led the fusion forces to
Inglorious defeat in 1S98 and has figured
prominently In Populist affairs for years,
seemed to be the general choice of the
fusion element, while the Incumbent of the
State Central Committee chair, Frank
Williams, was most frequently mentioned
by the Independent, or non-fuolon, wing.
Both men are well known, and the con
test between them wae looked forward to
as the first test of the respective strength
of the two elements.
For some reason, Mr. King's name was
not mentioned when nominations for tem
porary chairman began. A more pacific
spirit wao prevalent, and the eelectlqn of
George W. Weeks, of Marion, seemed a
compromise plan. While nominations be
gan with 'vim, they quickly toned down,
and through a sheer spirit of harmony
candidates withdrew until Mr. Williams
was the only nominee, and consequently
received the unanimous vote of the con
It was 30 mlnuteo after the appointed
time before Chairman Wllliama called the
convention to order. There had been n
slight misunderstanding "about the hall,
and all delegates were given time to ar
rive. Chairman Williams called Secretary
ITRen to the secretary's desk and asked
that the Central Committee's call be read,
which gave the apportionment of dele
gates to the different counties. Immedi
ately following this Secretary ITRen asked
permission for a personal explanation to
the convention, which was granted.
Mr. triten Make a Statement.
Mr. ITRen said there had been some
complaint over the state because of hf
appointment as secretary by Chairman
Williams, of the State Central Commit
tee. "It is known to all of you," he said,
"that I am not In harmony with the sen
timent of quite a number of my brethren
In this movement, and that I have been
very vigorously opposed to It some of the
time. It has been honestly although er
roneously stated that I was appointed.
-As a matter of fact. I was elected by the
State Central Committee, and all the
members were present except Mr. Kroner,
of -Multnomah, and one member from
Clackamas. I did not want the position,
but after It had been offered to a half
dozen others, some of whom refused be
cause they did not have their spectacles
and others because they could not read,
after it had gone the round of half a
dozen, I accepted, and I have performed
the work, with considerable trouble and
expense, to the best of my ability. I was
not In the primaries thla year, nor am I
a delegate to this convention, although 1
have the kindliest feeling In the world for
every one of you."
Mr. U'Ren also said the charge had been
made that he had used the position of sec
retary of the State Central Committee to
further the interests of the faction of
the party to which he was allied. "This
call and a letter to one Edaionston." he
continued, "are the only documents I have
signed aa secretary of this committee."
He further explained hla securing of the
hall, the expense attached thereto, when
the chairman thought It opportune to col
lect the sum necessary to defray the ex
pense, which was done. A vote of thanks
was tendered Secretary TTRen for his
work, which elicited the Ironical expres
sion from him: "I greatly appreciate your
expression, especially after the criticism
I have been subjected to by some of you."
Williams Temporary Chairman.
Two men were on their feet Immediately
the chair announced that nominations for
temporary chairman were In order. D.
M. Ewing gained recognition first, and
nominated J. W. Markobury. of Gold Hill,
and the other claimant for attention. Isaae
Swett, followed with the nomination ol
John Jeffery. of Marlon. George W.
Weeks of Marlon, was also nominated,
who'was regarded the compromise candi
date. John Jory nominated Chairman
Williams, of the State Central Commit
tee, who had called the meeting to order.
A motion as to how the office should be
voted for caused a tangle, which thickened
for a time. Proxies were objected to, and
also supported, as having a right to vote.
Finally Mr. Weeks declined, and Mr.
Marksbury followed suit While the dele
gates were contending over the method ot
procedure, Mr. Jeffery said he would with
draw for harmony's sake and to expedite
business, whereupon Mr. Williams was
made the unanimous choice.
The selection of a temporary sec
retary was a work of short duration.
Dr. Ernest Barton was nominated first
and John Jeffery later. The latter de
clined, and Dr. Barton said he would do
the same, but that It seemed more modest
to serve. A motion for appointment of
a committee on credentials was followed
by a recess of five minutes, after which
Chairman Williams announced that he
appointed B. T. Ramp, Linn; ,C L.
Morse. Wasco; T. C. Jory, Marlon; W.
P. Bare, Washington, and R. D. Cole,
Josephine. The committee on order of
business appointed by the chair consisted
of Jeffery, Marlon: King, Malheur, and
Merrell, of Josephine.
Scant Courtesy to a. Georgian.
A motion to adjourn was made and
carried, but a communication came to
Chairman Williams about that time, stat
ing that one J. B. Osborne, from Geor
gia, was present and would like to ad
dress the convention as a representative
of the 'National Central Committee. Chair
man Williams asked the members to re
main to hear him. Mr. Osborne Is a
small, boyish Individual, unprepossessing
In appearance, but before he left the plat
form he made a deep Impression on the
convention. He stirred up more feeling
than any single person who entered the
convention hall, for It Immediately devel
oped that he was an emissary of the Mld-dle-of-the-Road
Mr. Osborne said he' simply wanted to
explain the action of the Populist Na
tional Committee at the Lincoln meeting,
and enumerated several high-handed pro
ceedings of the chairman, which, he said,
resulted in the majority holding their in
dependent meeting. This section, he said,
was now the only true representation of
the People's party. "I do not desire to
influence Any individual to connect him
self with any particular party," said the
speaker, "but I will say the time has
come in the United States and In the
history of the People's party when we
have got to go back to our original posi
tion from which we started at the outset
of our work, and to have nothing to do
with the Democratic or the Republican
party. (Light applause.) It is either that
or death. I repeat It. gentlemen, it is
either that or party death. (More ap
plause.) The time has come when men
can no longer be Populists and Demo
crats at the same time." -Creed
to Keep Middle of the Road.
Mr. Osborne kept admonishing his audi
ence that ho was not offering any advice.
When he said that "the Populists of the
South are waiting to shake hands with
the Populists of the West" there was
more applause. By this time, as the
speaker began to steady himself and was
fast drawing the at first Indifferent at
tention there grew a spirit of restlessness,
among friends of fusion. Anxious
glances were cast about to ascertain the
extent of the approving sentiment, which
seemed large from the applause, and
slight Interruptions began. At last Er
nest Kroner, whose fusion work has
placed him among the foremost of that
clement, rose and asked something about
Barton and Donnelly, the two Mlddle-of
the-Road nominees, and If their action
had shown a disposition of fairness and
Justice. The speaker replied that both
were put up according to the Initia
tive and referendum idea of the party,
but. falling to receive the requisite num.
ber of votes, were out, and If they con
tinued to pose. It was without the sanc
tion of the party.
"Since It has become a crime to be a
straight Populist" began Mr. Osborne.
Voice It Is not a crime to be a Popu
list In Oregon.
Second Voice Didn't you fuse with the
Democrats In North Carolina?
Mr. Osborne The Populists fused with
everything In North Carolina.
Third Voice How about Tennessee?
Didn't you fuse and Join with the Dem
ocrats there for office?
Mr. Osborne In Tennessee there was
Fourth Voice Mr. Chairman, I move
that we adjourn.
Chairman Williams This meeting li
now adjourned. I gave the speaker the
right to address such members as cared
to hear him, and those who do not want
to hear him can go out.
Fifth Voice We want to hear him; let
the others go out
Will R. King I move that we let the
gentleman complete his speech without
these Interruptions. It Is nothing more
than courtesy to him that we should do
Mr. Osborne continued, with more spirit
He said: "We are not going to Join the
Democrat in the South. (Applause.)
That Is the way we Southern Populists
feel. Tou people here have the Repub
lican party, whom you .hate like we hate
the Democrats there. Do you understand
that? The Democrats of the South aro
to the Populist party there what the Re
publicans are to you here. Do you un
derstand that? If you want a National
party, your way is to stand alone, like
the Southern Populists. Is not that
right? If you do not want an Independ
ent political party, you have your choice
of the Republicans or the Democrats."
Voice Which do you prefer?
Mr. Osborne I regard the Republican
party the worst on earth, and the Demo
crats twice as bad as that We will havo
neither. We will go straight as before
Mr. Kroner We have listened to the
gentleman; we have heard all these things
before. If be has anything to say regard
ing this convention, let him say It as we
will bo going to lunch In a few minutes.
I know that Chairman Holt of the Mid-dle-of-the-Road
party, sent him with bis
message here, and If he has a message
from the Mlddlc-of-thc-Road convention.
say It now.
Mr. McMahon I say we must give this
gentleman the respect of a courteous
hearing. If there are any who do not
want to hear him, let them go out
Osborne An audience Is like a Jug
There ore little Jugs and there are big
Jugs. It takes more to fill a big Jug than
a little one. When any of your people
get your Jugs full, go out of the door.
The speaker continued with his argu
ments, while one or two members vainly
tried to get the audience of the chair.
At last some one said if the Mlddle-of
the-Road argument was to be presented,
he Insisted on the other side having a
Mr. Osborne If there Is any more ob
jections, I will retire.
One man said the door was open fot
any. and several shouted: "Go on, go
Mr. Marksbury If there Is any one here
unabln to withstand Mlddle-of-the-Road
arguments, he has not sufficient mind to
be a Populist Let the gentleman go on.
Mr. Osborne at last gave it up. amidst
conflicting cries of "Enough" and "More."
When he walked to the floor there was
a multitude of admirers around him to
express appreciation and condole for his
The afternoon session was called to or
der at 1:30 o'clock. The credentials com
mittee announced Its readiness to report
and submitted the following list as en
titled to seats:
Report of Credentials Committee.
Baker William Smith, D. W. Yoakum,
J. G. Foster, W. H. Kelbum, James York,
William Brown. D. S. Ltttlefleld. M. E.
Swan, A. B. Coombs, J. W. Hamilton, B
L. Gardner, all by W. R. King, proxy.
Benton Chester S. Keels. John Whlt
oker, J. W. Ingle. B. V. Barnes and K.
Vanderpool. by Chester S. Keels, proxy.
Paul E. Dodelo and John H. Starr, by John
Whltaker. proxy. B. F. Hyland, by J. W.
Clackamas W. H. Johnson, W. L. Hoi
comb, W. W. Myers, George Ogle, J. S.
Casto, J. Johnson, W. W. Austin. J. B.
Zelgler, Levi Stcllman, C Schuebel, J. H.
Marks, A. Lacey. William Cant well by W.
W. Austin, proxy. G. R. H. Miller and
J. W. Powell, by Otto Gengelbach, proxy.
Clatsop N. J. Svindsetb, H. 3. Lyman.
Oscar Flberg, J. N. Heckard, Silas B.
Smith, Charles S. Dow and H. M. Lornt
sen by Silas B. Smith, proxy.
Columbia D. M. Ewing, R. Lessman, J.
N. Rice, Ralph Rogers and SUvo Graham.
Coos J. H. Matheny, A. Dahuff. Thomas
Buckman, R. D. Sanford, J. C Wilson and
L. E. Johnson, all by J. H. Matheny,
Douglas R. C. Brown, John T. Long,
J. J. Hedden, by J. T. Long, proxy: George
Wilson. A. B. C Whipple, J. L. Casebeer.
S. R. Brisbln. Edgar Walker, J. F. Gaz
ley, J. H. Whltsett E. S. Lowe, James
Richards. L. T. Thompson, L. A. Kent
W. C. Winston, all by R. C Brown, proxy.
Gilliam W. J. Edwards, Oecar Maley,
F. B. Moore, B. K. Searcey.
Harney A. J. Johnson, Charles P. Ruth
erford, G. M. Davis and E. L. Beede,
flrst three by Beede. proxy.
Jackson Frank Williams, J, S. McCain,
W. E. Phepps, George R. Llndley. G. F.
Schmldt-lae, A. TAndprsaiy J, W. Marks.
bury, first six by Marksbury, proxy; P. J.
Van Hardenburg, F. M. Moore. A. A. Pen
nington, L L. Batchelor. A. I. Sail, J. A.
Smith. Edward Anderson and Frank Will
lame, first seven by Williams, proxy.
Josephine R. D. Cole, F. Fetch, W. H.
Merritt, H. C. Perkins, J. W. Barthow. C.
H. Burton, C. H. Marshall, by Cole and
Lincoln T. M. Puttier, Otto O. Krogstat,
G. A. Landls and J. W. Parrish.
Linn E. E. Lange, B. F. Ramp, L A.
Munkers. J. A. McBride, A. J. Blevlns, T.
J. McClary, James Ewing, R. R. Humph
rey. George McLane, C. B. Montague, J.
Clerom, A. D. Hale. George Alexander and
D. M. Jones, by Montague, proxy; J. J.
Beard, by Blevlns. proxy: H. B. Springer,
by Ramp, proxy; E. C Neal. by Munkers,
Lane John Cogswell, Jack Zumwalt L
Patterson, and 13 other delegates, by
Malheur-J. R. Gregg. W. R. King. Will
lam Morfltt and J. D. Loccy, last three ay
Gregg, proxy. .., --.
Morion G. W. Weeks, John W. Jory. D.
E. Swank, J. H. Nowatney, J. A. Jeffery,
Ellis Stevens, Eugene Manning, W. F.
Jones. J. R- White, John P. Robertson,
George M. Elgin. T. Y. McClellan. G. W.
Murphy, L L. Robertson, J. M. Wagner,
R. R. Ryan. T. C. Jory, J. F. Short, by L.
H. McMahon, tfroxy; B. Shaw and Fred A.
Melntyre. by A. M. BUnston, proxy; John
M. Payne and B. J. Sharps, by John A.
Multnomah W. A. Wheeler. H. W. Par
ker, S. B. Edwards, Isaac Swett O. D.
Cochrane, A. P. Nelson, E. O. Darling,
G. M. Aldrlch, J. H. Aldrlch. J. J. Graves,
A. A. Garlltt H. B. Taylor, D. W. Butler,
Ernest Barton, William Atkins. William
Borsch, R. L. Edmonston. C H. Baker.
H. B. Chapman, W. McKlnney. F. D.
Millard. J. R. Cole, Christ Cole, O.
Hledtke. D. M. Aiken, J. Walters, A. F.
Velguth. D. O. Nash. D. Kafka, W. C.
Druggan. R. H. Fay, J. W. Bingham,
Charles" Orr, Johnson White, Ernest
Kroner, L. L. Easter, S. B. RIggen.
Sherman G. E. Kellogg, J. W. Messen
ger, by Kellogg, proxy; Glen Junklns, F.
H. Meader. by Junklns, proxy.
Umatilla R. J. Slater, Airred Lalng. J.
F. Craddock. R. Scrapie. George Peoblcr,
H. S. Garfield. A. L. Swaggart and M. M.
Wyrlck, first seven by Wyrlck: M. J. Mc
Danlels, W. H. Bailey. George Carmlchael
and J. T. Hlnkle, first three by Hlnkle.
Union John Munlck, W. D. Campbell
and Dunham Wright the two first by
Campbell, proxy; J. H. Chandler, K. J.
StackJand and George E. Curry, tne two
flrst by Curry, proxy; C. D. Huffman. F.
Bartlmess, A. V. Oliver and Fred V. Cur
ry: W. T. Grider and L. Oldenburg, by
Wallowa J. A. Lamman. b.f. Face, a.
E. Donnelly and W. S. Burleigh, the first
three by Burleigh, proxy.
Wasco County was not represented reg
ularly In the convention, but C. L. More,
of that county, being present, he was asked
to act for the delegates Wasco was enti
Washington W. D. Hare. William Shul
merich. B. G. Leedy. J. C. Miller. Allan
Haworth, George A. Morgan, F. M. Heldle,
J. H. Stevens and J. W. Barnes, by A. W.
Yamhill Moses Johnson, J. B. Perkins,
J. C. Cooper. George Bralthwalte, J. O.
Lamb and A. Walker, by Moses Johnson,
proxy; T. L. Van Orsdal and J. Under
wood, by J. B. Perkins, proxy; W. J.
Ganlson. A. K. Olds, by J. C Cooper,
proxy: W. J. Pierce and 8. Richardson,
by George Bralthwalte, proxy.
The committee on credentials recom
mended that the delegates present be al
lowed to vote the full county delegation.
This was to cover cases In which no
proxies had been furnished. Crook, Grant
Lake, Morrow, Tillamook and Wheeler
Counties were not represented In any man
ner. Overtures From Democrats.
Election of permanent officers for the
convention was the next order, during
the-preparation for which there was con
tinued discussion of the method of vot
ing. The committee on order of business
arrived in the meantime and announced
readiness to report A committee of five
from the Democrats also came in about
that time, headed by Judge Boise, and
asked the convention's audience for a mo
ment To clear the atmosphere, the
chair called Judge Boise to the platform,
and he unfolded his mission of peace and
good will, as well aa co-Operation. He
sold their object was to come to some
understanding by which might be ac
complished the combination of forces and
union of effort In the common cause rep
resented by both parties.
This cordial spirit of conciliation, origi
nating with the Democrats, created con
siderable applause, and Judge Boise add.
ed: "We come to you In a spirit of amity,
in a spirit of fraternity, with the spirit
that principle must subordinate men. and
ask to meet you in the same spirit"
The order of business followed. The
usual recommendation for permanent or
ganization, resolutions, electing chairman
of the state central committee, were made
and this specific and pointed clause:
"Election of delegates to the National
convention of the People's party, at
Sioux Falls, S. D., to convene May 9,
There could be no doubt as to which
party these delegates were Intended to
represent and which National conven
tion the delegates should attend. A sec
ond committee from the Democrats was
In waiting by this time. Its office being
announced by the chairman to be secur
ing the co-operation of the Populist con
vention In framing a common platform.
This committee was a subcommittee of
three from the platform committee, and
asked that a like body be appointed.
There was much confusion In choosing a
committee. Motions, amendments and
substitutes flew pretty fast, and action
taken twice was reconsidered. The com
mittee of three from the Democrats were
often asked to explain what their con
vention had done. Out of the chaos there
finally came the plan to select a platform
committee of one delegate from each
county. Before doing this, however. It
was determined to elect the permanent
W. It. Kins Permanent Chairman.
Nominations for permanent chairman
wero confined to W. W. Myers, of Clack
amas, and Will R. King, of Malheur.
Both were warmly eulogized. Mr. Mc
Mahon spoke at length on the necessity
of harmony, and Indorsed Mr. Myers as
the man least Identified with any partlc
uar element "Much as we may deplore
It" said he, "we must know there are
factions In this state convention, and
these factions are powerful so far as
the work of the convention goes. De
plore It as much as we may. If we are
not careful, we will not have harmony.
It has been suggested to me by Mr. Ogle,
of Clackamas, that In the Interests of
harmony and In the Interests of a com
mon base of adjustment of all the Issues
before this convention that we unite upon
a man for presiding officer who is In har
mony with the different factions of this
Mr. McMahon did not question Mr.
King's ability, patriotism and political
capacity, but thought harmony demand
ed another choice. John Jeffery, who
nominated Mr. King, disclaimed any pur
pose of factional contentions. On the
ballot Mr. King received 113 votes, while
Mr. Myers received only SS. The defeated
candidate moved that the choice be made
unanimous, which was done with much
enthusiasm and hatchet-burying remarks.
Mr. King was escorted to the platform,
acknowledged the honor and asked for a
permanent secretary. Or. Barton was
unanimously chosen, and Mr. Weeks for
assistant The retiring chairman was
tendered a vote of thanks, on motion ot
Mr. Kroner, which was partly retracted,
so far as related to his work as chairman
of the State Central Committee, which
office he does not vacate until later.
Chairman King soon got business un
der way. Several conflicting motions
arose regarding conference committees.
To clarify matters. Mr. Kroner moved
that It was the sense of the convention
that a committee be appointed to confer
with the Democrats. This was the flrst
real open test of fusion strength, and, to
the general surprise, there was scarcely
any opposition. All tho pugnacity mani
fest during the morning seemed to have
vanished. Kroner's motion was also made
to Include the Sliver Republicans, with
whom the Populists expressed a readi
ness to confer at the earliest convenience.
The conference committee ot five con
sisted of T. C Jory, R. D. Cole. W. W.
Myers. H. D. Slater and J. A. Monkers.
A platform committeeman from each
county represented was chosen by the
respective county delegations. They were:
Baker J. C Cooper.
Benton John Whlttaker.
Clackamas George Ogle.
Clatsop Silas B. Smith.
Columbia Ralph Rogers.
Coos J. H. Metheny.
Douglas John T. Long.
Gilliam B. K. Searcy.
Harney E. L. Beede.
Jackson-J. w. Marksbury.
Josephine W. H. Merritt
Llncoln-J. "W. Parrlsh.
Llnn-nJ. H. Clem.
Lane J. Cogswell.
Marlon 'L. H. 'McMahon.
Multnomah Isaac Swelt
Sherman G. E. Kellogg.
Umatllla-J. T. Hlnkle.
Wallowa W. 8. Burleigh.
Washington W. D. Hare.
Yamhill Moses E. Johnson.
Wasco C L. Morse.
Union A. D. Oliver.
Professor Jory moved that a. commute
of three be appointed to confer with
the Mlddle-of-the-Road party to as
certain on what basis they would
consent to act with the Populists
of the convention in the future. This
request was received with mild interest
but passed as a motion to pacify Profes
sor Jory and those of his sympathizers.
Professor Jory, Frank Williams and G.
E. Kellogg were appointed. Chairman
King humorously said, as the committee
went out that he hoped to see them get
back. The three committeemen to hunt
the Silver Republicans were J. W. Pax
rlsh, W. D. Hare) and Dunham Wright
Treated 'With Contempt.
One of the first Items of work taken
up at the evening session, called to order
at 7:30. was consideration of the reply from
the Mlddle-of-the-Road convention. im
verr Independent statement caused con
siderable amusement among the members
ot the convention, and read as follows:
"To the Convention of the people's Party
of Oregon Greeting: Your .committee sent
to our convention to inquire on what con
ditions your party and our party can. unite
In the present campaign haa been received
and heard, and we offer the following as
the only conditions of union:
"First you by your state convention to
recognize the call of Chairman D. Clem
Deaver for a National convention ot the
People's party at Cincinnati, O.. on May
"Second, that you discontinue your rela
tions with the Democratic party, repudiate
the Chicago platform and Indorse tho
"J. L. HILL.
"JOHN C. LUCE,
"JAMES K. SEARS,
"S. H. HOLT.
"JAMES K. BEARS.
'Regular People's Party Convention."
A motion was at once made to lay It on
the table, which, ot course, precluded de
bate. However, Professor Jory was grant
ed unanimous consent to speak, on mo
tion of Mr. Kroner. He criticised such a
method ot disposing at the reply, and said
It was made by men acting with all hon
esty and sincerity. He thought the con
vention should submit to a vote the ques
tion ot whether the conditions imposed
by the Mlddle-of-the-Roaders were accept
able. The member who made the motion
argued that the reply of the regular Pop
ulist convention, or Mlddle-of-the-Roaders,
was not In good faith, and called atten
tion to some of their work before. On the
motion to lay on the table there was 53 In
the affirmative and 16 negative.
Chairman State Committee.
Election of State Central Committee
chairman evoked another discussion as to
who should vote. Mr. McMahon wanted
to limit the voters to those attending, and
not allow proxies. Mr. Ryan said he want
ed to know what kind of a chairman the
convention was electing before he voted.
If It was a chairman ot the Democratic
Central Committee, he would vote one
way; It the People's Party Central Com
mittee, he would vote another, and if it
was chairman of some fusion central com
mittee, he might vote still another. He
wanted to know the convention platform
before voting. Thte was the flrst deter
mined anti-fusion utterances heard in the
convention, and did not elicit tho support
Indicated In the morning. Mr. McMahon
Insisted that a man holding a proxy from
a county of which he was not a resident
could not vote It but the chair held that
according to the rules ot the convention,
this could be.
Mr. Kroner nominated Will R. King In a
brief speech detailing his work for the
party. Professor Jory nominated Frank
Williams, the chairman of the Central
Committee during the past two years. Mr,
Williams thanked his friend for the honor,
but positively declined. No other nomina
tions being made, Mr. King was elected
by acclamation, and received a round ot
applause. His response was brief and to
the point By co-operation and hard work
was success possible, and by that only, and
he urged all to do their best
Aa to National Dele-rates.
When It came to electing the National
Delegates, the clause that had plainly been
lneerttd purposely, concerning tho Na
tional convention which the delegates were
to attend was objected to by Mr. Ryan.
He moved that the words, 'Sioux Falls, S.
D." be stricken out and In their ste'ad ba
Inserted. "Cincinnati." This could not be
done without suspending the rules, as the
former was In the order of business. Mr.
Ryan moved suspension of the rules, but
got only two or three ayes, when he be
came angered and took the floor for a
"As a Popul'st representing the princi
ples of the Populist party, and on which
was founded the Abe Ltncolr. plan of Re
publlcanlem. I am not ready to go Into
the Democratic party to elect delegates
to send to their convention, to nominate a
president and then adjourn to the Kansas
City convention, where the Democrats will
say to the Populists: Tou have nom
inated a President for the United States
in the person of Mr. Bryan, and It now
falls to us to nominate a candidate for tho
office of Vice-President' If we nominate
Mr. Bryan, then we have no voice In nom
inating a Vice-President, whom we want
to be a Populist I am not ready to be
led Into the Democratic camp again. I
am not ready to have another Arthur Sew
all or any other Gold Democrat nominated
for the second position on the ticket. If
you are Democrats and want Democrats,
go over to the Democrats."
At this Juncture objection was made that
there was no motion before the house, and
Mr. Ryan said he would wait until there
was one, when ho would resume his dls
cuaslon. He did not win much approval
from his hearers In his unquestionable
threat to leave the convention. Nomina
f.ons were begun for National delegates,
but as many of the delegates to the con
ventlon were absent on committee work
and other duties. It was deemed best to
postpone this until all were present Those
named before nominations ceased were D.
P. Blue, of Lincoln: W. D. Hare, of Wash
ington: Ernest Kroner, of Multnomah; J.
W. Ingle, of Clatsop: W. W. Myer, ol
Clackamas: D. E. Swank, of Marlon; Dun.
ham Wright, of Union; R. C. Brown, of
Douglas: M. M. Myrlck. of Umatilla; A.
P. Nelson, of Multnomah; E. L. Beede. ot
Hamey; W. A. Wood, of Columbia. The
nominations will be continued this morn
ing until the 15 Delegates have been
Division of the Offices.
Chairman John A. Jeffrey, of the com
mittee on conference with the Democratic
convention, presented a report signed by
R. J. Slater. W. W. Myers. R. D. Cola
and L A. Mlnkers. which report was read
and set as a special order of business for
this morning. The conference report,
which was applauded, was as follows:
We, your committee appointed to confer
with a like committee on the part of the
Democratic State Convention, sespectful-
ly submit this, our report looking to a
union ot the forces ot the Democratic and
We have agreed upon the following dis
tribution of candidates to be nominated
by the respective parties:
First Justice of the Supreme Court by
the Democrats. .
Second First Congressional District by
Third Second Congressional District by
the People's party.
Fourth Food Commissioner by the Peo
Fifth Presidential electors, two by the
Democratic party and two by the Peo
It is also recommended that the Joint
delegation ot the several Senatorial, Rep
resentative and Judicial Districts of the
State of Oregon meet In Joint convention
of both parties and select candidates for
the various offices as follows:
First Nomination for District Attorney
for the First Judicial District by the Dem
Second Nomination for District Attor
ney, Second Judicial District by the Dem
Third Nomination for District Attorney
In the Third Judicial District by the Peo
Fourth Nomination for District Attor
ney in the Fourth Judicial District by the
Fifth Nomination for District Attorney
in the Fifth Judicial District by the Peo-
Slxth Nominations In the Sixth Judicial
District to be equally divided between the
Seventh In the Seventh Judicial District
It is recommended that the selection of a
candidate for District Attorney be made
in a Joint convention of all delegates ot
both parties from said district
Eighth Nomination of District Attorney
for the Eighth Judicial District to be
made by the Democratic party.
Ninth Nomination for District Attorney
In the Ninth Judicial District to be made
by the People's party.
We recommend that the selection of can
didates for Joint Senators and Representa
tives be made by the delegates of their re
spective districts of both parties in Joint
We would also recommend that the
nomination for the several Judicial Dis
tricts be made as herein set forth, except
that In districts where said nomination
shall be unsatisfactory: then. In that
event the said nomination shall be mode
bv the tolnt convention of such districts
separately by a fair and equitable dlstrl-
Duuon. to re aeterminea Dy saia joint dis
trict conventions. The nominations of one
convention are to be ratified by the other.
The convention votedv favorably on a
resolution of sympathy with the woman
suffrage movement The resolution was
offered by Mr. Ogle, of Clackamas. Ad
journment was then taken till 830 this
G- Rea, a Heppner attorney. Is registered
at the Imperial.
Dr. E. M. Hurd, ot Salem, Is registered
at the Imperial.
D. B. Blue, a merchant of Yaqulna, Is at
the St Charles.
J. W. Howard, a Grant's Pass merchant.
is at tho Perkins.
W. H. Wehrung, of Hlllsboro, Is regis
tered at the Perkins.
F. H. Kiddle, of Island City, Is regis
tered at the Perkins.
H. L. Truax, of Grant's Pass, Is regis
tered at the Imperial.
J. E. McKlnnon, ot Huntington, Is reg
istered at the Perkins.
Mrs. C H. Bradley and son, of Duluth,
are guests of the Portland.
C B. Crosno. Collector of Customs, a
Yaqulna, Is at tho St Charles.
W. H. Nelson, a prosperous farmer, of
Newberg. Is at the St Charles.
J. H. Coleman and wife, of San Mateo,
CoL. are guests of the Portland.
B. Goodwin, a San Francisco fire Insur
ance man, la registered at the Portland.
W. B. and M. J. Dennis, mining men. of
Spokane, are registered at the Portland.
D. M. C. Gault, a newspaper man ot
Hlllsboro, Is registered at the St Charles.
Misses Edna Glenn and Harriett Mars
den, of Tho Dalles, are guests of the Per
Leon 8. Rosenblatt has- -returned from
an extended trip through Southern Call-
Dr. R. E. Darnell, of Tnlorto or, r
Leroy Lewis, of McMlnnville, are regis
tered at the St Charles.
J. Wesley Ladd and wlf. leav tnr T.ri.
over tho Northern Pacific tomorrow morn
ing. They will be accompanied as far as
New York by Mrs. W. S. Ladd and Mlsa
Malcolm S. Jameson, who has mmi
friends in this city, has accepted a posi
tion In the office of the Golconda Mining
Company here. Mr. Jameson was form
erly cashier at the Portland Hotel. He
west to Manila with the Secortd Oregon,
and was promoted to a lieutenancy. He
has returned from a visit with relatives
in New York to accept his present po-
SAN FRANCTSCoTAprtl 12. The fol
lowing Portland n-nnlA nm Mfa.Mj -
local hotels: J. Hansen and H. S. Mc-
LrmicK. at the Grand, and H. B. Hah at
NEW YORK. April 12. Northwestern
people registered In New York today as
From The Dalles Texas Balfour, at th
From Tacoma F. IL Heath, it ih.
From Seattle W. D. Fos-tav. ti.,m
From SDokane C W Ion unit -ifa
at the Vendome.
DAILY CITY STATISTICS.
. RenI Eitnte Transfers.
Sheriff for E. D. White. Frank E.
Hart et at to Wm. M. Ladd. trus-
c-. fi. n wvtjv , -aikrrs Au
dition to Port and: April 12 2.0CO
jcci naies 10 unu-o. oiaies oi Am
erica, SE. U of NV. U of section
20, T. 1 S.. R. 6 E.; April 12
H. A. Smith et ux. to Joel Bates.
same: April 11 iss
1 nomas w. Jenkins and wife to
Louise j. utevens, unaivlled H of
lot 4, block 112. Portland; Marrq r... 1,000
Oscar G. Smith and wife to It. S.
Hall, administrator ot the estate of
Martha Hall, deceased, et aL, lo.a
13. U. IS. blcck 10. Sunnyslde; Feb
ruary 1 O
Sheriff for John Gantenbeln et aL to
Hnry C. Hoages. block -5, McMll
len's Addition, and b.ock 1?, Cen
tral Aiblna: April i 10.K0
Sheriff for W. Y. Thornburgh and
wife to Frank Botefuhr, lots 14. 15,
block 4, Hudson's Addition; April
Fred Sherman and wife, G. W.
Loun'berry et al. to J. E. Huggins,
trustee, lot 5. block 1: lots 1. 2,
blcck i2. Astoria; lots 17, 18. 19, 20.
subdivision No. 2. b.ock 9, O.ney's
Astoria: lots 31, 34. block W, As
toria; SW. of SE. of 8W. 34
section 8;, lot 2. section 17. T. 8 NT.
R. 7 W.; SE. i of SW. and lot
7, section 6, and NE. H of NW. ?i
and lot 1. sect'on 7. T. 5 N.. R. 1
W.: lot 3, block L John Brendle's
.Addition, AiDtna; -uarcn si &
J. R. Landr'th. aged 25. of Jackson
Counly; Flora Hollowell, aged XL
John Takolo. 6. of Clatsop County; An
nie Ervasle, ZL
April 10, Charles Logus. age 73 years, &4
North Ninth street: apoplexy.
April 9. Domanlck Henry Adamy. age
75 years. East Mllwaukle street; disease
ot the kidneys.
April li. Olaf G. Berg, age 30 years. 171
Green avenue; cancer of the neck.
April 11, Christiana M. Smlthle. age 66
years. 430 East Tenth street; diabetes.
April 11, girl to the wife of John John
ston, 575 Qulmby street
Concerning Poll Tax.
ORAVS RrVER. Wash.. April 9. (To
the Editor.) Please state whether a man
serving In the United States Army 15
months, and being honorably discharged,
is exempt from poll tax or not
Discharged soldiers are not exempt.
Active militiamen and exempt firemen are
treed from poll tax.
OVERTURES OV TJlTIOlf
FROX TUB FCaiOlflSTS.
Xladle-of-Koaaera Bay They Will
ITe-rer Vete for Bryan or the
Like the postscript to a woman's letter,
the after-thought to the Mrddle-of-the-Road
Populists' State Convention yester
day contained the pith of the whole mat
ter. The convention met at 3 o'clock and
adjourned at 4 o'clock, without accom
plishing anything, but after adjournment
the delegates remained and received a
committee from the Fusion Populists and
had an all-round lively time for another
hour and a half. The principal work of
the convention will be done today, after
the committees on platform, resolutions
and permanent organization have made
According to the call of State Chairman
Holt the convention should contain 222
delegates. All of them were present ex
cept 210. At 1 o'clock, the hour for con
vening, there was no one in the G. A. R.
Hall, except Dr. J. L. Hill, of Albany,
who was seated at the piano, softly play
ing a nocturne by Chopin. A little later.
Chairman Holt and John C. Luce came
In. and in another half an hour 12 dele
gates were on hand- It was stated that
there might be delegates In the city who
could not find the hall, and a bolt of the
12 Union County delegates was expected
from the Fusion convention, and a little
more delay was deemed expedient
S. H. Holt, the chairman, called the
body together at 2 o'clock, and explained
that everything had teen done In a hurry,
and he had been allowed no time to confer
with leaders or to let the people know
what he was doing. The Fuslonlsta. he
said, had managed to capture a lot of
tho Mtidle-of-the-Roid delegates, who
were sent to this convention. He asked
James K. Sears to act as temporary sec
retary. On motion of Dr. J. V. B. Embree. of
Polk County, S. H. Holt was elected tem
porary chairman, and J. K. Sears was
formally elected temporary secretary. The
secretary then read the call for a state
On motion ot John C. Luce, the chair
appointed a commutes on credentials, to
be left open until today. The committea
Is composed of: John C. Luce. Grant;
Dr. J. V. B. Embreo, Polk; H. J. Wilson,
On motion of Dr. Embree, the follow
ing committee on permanent organization
and order of business was appointed: J.
J. Hou-er, Jackson; H. J. Wilson, Doug
las; j. At Dennis. Folk.
Dr. Embree ofked for Instructions on
credentials. How should the Irregular
fellows be treated?
Mr. Luce suggested that affairs In Ore
gon are In bad shape. "Many people," he
said, "think they cannot vote as they
please. The Fusion party is only a Dem
ocratic annex. We want It distinctly un
derstood that we are the People's party.
We want the people to know we will not
return to the old hog wallow. We wont
to appoint a committee that will kick
out of the hall any man who wants to
temporize with the Democrats or Fusion
lsts." J. B. Osbourne, of Georgia, was In the
hall at this time, representing the Nation
al committee of the' Mlddle-of-the-Road
Populists, and he was quietly talking for
Deb3 for President all the while. The
announcement was publicly mode that
Mr. Osbourne would speak In the hall to
day at 2 o'clock. At this time there
were also In tho hall three Soc'ol Dem
ocrats of Clackamas County, who cams
to invite the Populists to a conference
that was held last night In the Marquam
An actual count showed the following
delegates to be present:
Polk J. K. Sears. Dr. T. B. V. Embree,
J. M. Dennis.
Jackson 8. H. Holt J. J. Houser.
Douglas H. J. Wilson.
Llnn-Dr. J. L. HI1L
Wasco L. Henry.
Grant John C. Luce.
Multnomah George H. Bal'ey.
The committee on credentials then re
ported. The report arranged that mest
of those present might vote the proxies
of their own and some othrr counties. S.
H. Holt had IS proxies In his vest pocket
and the Wasco, Douglas, Josephine. Polk,
Grant and Linn County delegations were
all present, by proxy.
On motion of Mr. Luce, tho following
committee on platform and resolutions
was appointed: John C. Luce. Grant;
Dr. J. L. Hill. Linn; Dr. T. V. B. Embree,
Dr. Hill then took the floor and made a
rousing speech advocating getting down
to work and finishing the business of the
convention. He ."aid the platform could
be completed within an hour, and that he
was unwilling' to sit down and Idly wait
for bolters from other conventions.
Chairman Holt We are not waiting for
bolters: we want to get done.
Cons'derable d'scusslon followed, but a
Fabian policy was adopted.
On motion of Secretary Stars. It was
agreed to meet again at 9 o'clock this
morning, at which time all the committees
would be ready to report
The Social Democratic committee was
then given a hearing. The spokesman
talked in a foreign tongue, but It was
gathered from bis remarks that the con
vention was Invited to attend a confer
ence In room 403 Marquam building.
The convention then adjourned.
At this Juncture a committee, consist
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lams and Mr. Kellogg, from the Fusion
Populists, came Into the halL The chair
called order, and they were informally
received. Professor Jory acted as chair
man, and said: ,
"We have come to Inquire whether there
are any terms by which It will be possible
for the two wings of the People's party
to come together. We come not in a spirit
of antagonizatlon. but In all fairness. We
wish you to treat our proposition In a
business-like way. If you tell us to go
to hades. It will be no offense to us, or
If you tell us we must quit toying with
the Democrats, we will not be offended."
Dr. Hill, of Linn County, replied t6
Professor Jory's modest overtures. Ha
said: "The members ot the commute
are good men. but If they want to ret-
to the People's party, the doors aro openn
We ore still doing business at the old
stand. We united with the People's party
several years ago. and we have never
bolted. We went to the grave together
ana now it tney warn to unite w.ta u
let them come to the Omaha platform and
stand on It" Dr. Hill said he would never
again vote for Bryan or the Chicago plat
form. J. M. Dennis, of Polk County, spoke
briefly and told the committee It was time
to separate the wheat from the tares; to
tell the Democrats to go to the Demo
cratic Convention and the Populists to
T)r f:nihrA thou trot the. floor and madssl
things lively. Speaking directly to thel
committee, he asked:
"Whloh of the two National conventions)'.!
will your convention send delegates to?"
Professor Jory The Sioux Falls coaven- ;
Dr. Embree Do you favor that person
ally? Deep silence prevailed. 1
Dr. Embree repeated the question, and
there was more deep silence.
Dr. Embree I want to know what these
gentleman are after. For one. I will never I
go Into a fusion convention, and will never
go Into a convention that recognizes But
ler as a National chairman. If you will
recognize the Cincinnati convention. I will
meet you; otherwise I will not I will
never follow you Into the Democratic
camp. I don't have to vote for Bryan.
Thank God. there Is a Debs yet! If tho
country must go to hell. I hod Just aa
soon the Republicans would lead it there
as the Democrats.
Dr. Hill moved that a committee of
three be appointed to draft a statement
containing the only proposition the con
vention would make to the visiting com
mittee. This was adopted.
Professor Jory. of the committee, then
spoke again In a conciliatory spirit He
said there was no difference of principles
In the two wings of the party. It was
only a difference on questions of policy.
Frank Williams also spoke in a concilia
Dr. Embreo raid: "This Is like a gang
plank leading from the Populists to tha
Democrats. I understand your conven
tion has already made overtures to the
Democrats. Now, we will never consent
for you to come Into our convention until
you say you will keep your skirts clear
of the Democrats, and then we will divide
the honors and the offices with you, and
the disgrace, too."
At this point Secretary Sears proposed
the following as a suggestion to the com
mittee. No action was taken on It:
"We have no confidence In a fusion with
the Democratic party.
"That political principles, in order to
succeed, must be supported and cham
pioned by a political party In harmony,
with these principles. We confidently be
lieve that fusion will Inevitably disinte
grate and destroy the People's party the
champion of the people's rights.
"Loyalty to conviction and patriotism
to the good interests of our grand coun
try Impels us so to net as to maintain
the autonomy and perpetuity of tha Peo
"Fealty to our principles and fusion with,
no political party Is a basis upon which. t
we can heartily unite with all persons."
After a lively spat between the chair
man, who desired harmony with the vis
itors, and Dr. Embree. who was in roc
blood, the motion of Dr. Hill was adopted.
The chair appointed on the bommlttee
Dr. J. L. Hill, John C. Luco and James K.
The visiting committee thanked the con
vention for their courtesy, and said:
"Gentlemen, do not hurry. We will come
to see you again."
The committee soon formulated the
statement which was read and then adopt
ed. It is as follows:
To the Committea of the People's Party,
Your committee nt to otir convention to in
quire on what conditions your party and our
party can unite in the present campaign, has
been received and heard, and tre offer the fol
lowing as the conditions of union:
First You by your state convention recog
nize the call ot Chairman D. Clem Deaver for
a National convention of the People's party
at Cincinnati. O.. May 0. 1900.
Second That you discontinue your relations
with tho Democratic party and repudiate the
Chicago platform and indorse tha Omaha plat
form. J. L. Hill. John C. Luce. James K.
Sears, Committee; S. II. Bolt Chairman;
James K. Sears. Secretary.
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