Mkmphis, June ]&- Frlends of silver represeuting twenty states of the eouth and west began a two-days convention in this city yesterday. Fifteen hundred delegates, coniprising Demócrata. Republicans and Populista, but with "honest money" as the slogan of all, fllled the lower üoor and a lirge portion of the balconies at the Auditorium when the gathering was called to order. On the stage, besides the offieera of the Central Bimetallic League of Memphis, under whose auspices the gathering is held, were with very few exceptions all the leading advocates of the free coinage of silver in tho United States They included Senators Bate and Harria, of Tennessee; Jones and Berry, of ArkanBas; George and Walthall, of Mississippi; Marión Butler, of North Carolina; ïillman, of South Carolina; ex-Governor Prince, of New Mexico: Senator Turpie, of Indiana; Governor John G. Evans, of South Carolina: ex-Governor Evsle, of Arkansas; ex-Representative William Bryan, of Nebraska; General A. J. Warner, of Ohio; C. S. Thomas and Alva Adams, of Colorado; Alexander Delmar, of California, and congressmen and bankers from Tennesseo and adjoining states by the dozsin. I' nlly Equuled the Carlisle Meeting. The number of people in the Auditorium did not exceed that which greeted Secretary of the Treasury Carlisle upon his appearance here on May 23, but the demonstration was equally as imposing and enthusiastic as the one witnessed on that occasion. A permanent organization was effe' ed, and addresses were deüvered by Chairman Turpie and Alexander Delmar, of California, in the afternoon, and by Congressman Sibley, of Pennsylvania; C. S. Thomas, oí Denver, and Aaron Wolcott, of Indiana, In the evening. Today will be devoted to speeches by some of the most distin guished of the visitors and the consideration of the report of the oommittee on resolutions, ui whioh Senator Jones, of ArkanBas, is chairman. Harria the Controlllng Spirit. Politically the most significant incident of yesterday'e proceedings was the clcar and emphatio statinent of Senator Harris, of Tennessee, who it has been a ready clearly demonstrated is the oontrojling spirit in the management of the convention, as to the object of the gathering and the single subject to which it is expected to confine its deliberations. The strength of he men who are for silver flrst, last, and all the time, and whoee purpose is to advance the oandidacy of Represen tative Sibley, of Pennsylvania, for the prendency has been fully demon stratedin tli convention as formidable, and the resim of the encounter beiween the opposing orees, the conservative and the radical siiver men, as it will be ahown in the declara tions of the convention, is watched with great interest. Mftny "Grnngerg" ín Attendance. Although ;t was an army without banners, it was not without insignia. On the brease of ever? soldier was a red tmclge baaring the vcords "16 to 1." The "16" was priuted in silver lerterina; and the "1" in goll At Uk; top was a picture of a silver dollar. Not-hing more was needed to teil why the big assemblage, the greater portion oL whioh was made up of the agricultural element, had left home alinost in the midst of the harvest season, and faoed the blandishments of a Juna sun in Tennessee. Senators and governors rubbed noses with red-faoed men whose brown hands shöwed plainly the marks of he plow, and Populist politicians, with odd growths on their chins, ghook hands with Demócrata and Republicans.