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WASHINGTON, D. C, May 27, 1895. The presidential boom of Hou. William C. Whitney, who as president Cleveland 's first secretary of the imvy bec-ame one of the most popular democnits ever in office, was receiveí with open anas in Washington, as it donbtless will be all over the country if Mr. Whitney can only be prevailed upon to allow the use of his name as the democratie caudidate. There would be no doubt of his having the cordial support of President Cleveland and every member of the administration. A member of the cabinet is quoted as having said : "Whitney is the most popular man iu the party today. He has kept his hands off of all fights, and is highly thought of by both the reform aud the machine politicians. The prospect is good for the rehabilitation of the party in the general confidence of the people. It depends entirely ou the revival of business. The indications now are that this revival will be thorough, and that by next spring the commercial life of the country will be as vigorous as it was before the panic. In that event, I have no doubt that Mr. Whitney will permit the use of his name, and I ani able to stake my political reputation on the truth of the statement that upon giving that permission he will receive the joint snpport of not only the udministration and Tammany huil, but of David B. Hill, Fairchild, Grace and the elerneuts of the party represented by those gentlemen. President. Cleveland is getting ready to accompany Mrs. Cleveland and the children to Grey Gables, and if the weather be propitious they will sly get away this week. There are special reasous wby the president will desire to be uear Mrs. Cleveland for some weeks to coiue. and the affairs of the government are in such a condition that his absence froto Washington will ' not be detrimental to public business. The executive office will simply be removed to Grey Gables for a time. The annonneement that ! tative Isador Rayner had withdrawn froin thè contest for the Maryland democratie gurbenatoral nomination surprised no oneïn Washington, and about the only comment heard was au occasional "I told you so". Mr. Rayner made the rnistake of supposing that abuse of i ator Gorman would commend him to the demojratic voters, who knew that he was indebted to the friendship of Senator Gorman for all the party favors he had recieved. Senator Gorman has his faults, just as everybody else has, bnt the Marylaud democrats have found him a good leader, and until he proves i otherwise it is probable that he ?ill continue to lead them. "One of the cheekiest things ever done in politics, ' ' said a New Yorker who always kuows what is going on in his State, was the attempt of Mr. Benjamin Harrison to mako Gov. Morton the tail of his personally managed boom for a third nominaton for the presidency. He must nave kuown when lie went to New York with this scheme in his mind that Levi P. Morton was fxilly aware of the treachery by which Whitelaw Reid's name was put on the Harrison ticket of '92, and of the part played in that treachery by Benjamin Harrisou. I do not agree with Gov. Morton politically,but I have a higher personal regard for him than ever, now that he had the nerve to scornfully decline the proposition to make a combination with Mr. Harrison. While I would not vote for either, there is no question in my mind that Gov. Morton would make a much stronger presidential candidate than Mr. Harrisou would, and that is one of the reasons I do not wish to see Morton put at the head of the republkan ticket." There is a rumor here, which finds credence among well informed republicans, that Mr. Harrison, having failed in his attempt to make a deal with Gov. Morton, will this week, when Gov. McKinley will be in New York, endeavor to get the consent of that gentleman to take the second place on the Harrison ticket. This scheme has greatly provoked some of Gov. McKinley'sfrieuds, and they say that Mr. Harrison's overtures will not only be refused, but he will be informed that Gov. McKinley will, next to trying to get the nominación for himself , exert all the iufluence he can commaud to prevent the nomination of the ex-president. Torn. Reed's friends have become alarmed at the growth of the Harrison movement, anï it looks now as h vgi they would very soou be found '.. t.rg nuder a banner inscríbed "Ai y) dy to beat Harrison. ' ' Deruocr:1.' - re not, oL conrse, taking un y part in t ;ese autecampaigu republicau maneuverings, but most of them are heartily iu favor of Harrisou's uomiuntion, because they know it would be followed by a luke warmness on the part of the repub ioan leaders which would add very largely to the chances of democratie victory.


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