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Marshalltown, Ii., Au?. 8. - One of the ruóse notable state cimventlons in the history of the Iowa Democracy closed in this city last evening. Since Monday there had been a bitter strife between two opposing elements of the party - one contendió g for a ticket and platform on a "sound money" basis, the other clamoring for free coinage without waiting for an international agreement. From start to finish the white mecal contingent did nearly all the talking - on thestreet, in the hotel lobbies, at the various headquarters, in the committee rooms and caueuses, and finally on the fl or of the convention. By an apparently fortutitous incident the silver men had a fine chance to exploit their vípws in the convention hall during the afternoon, from the fact that the resolutions committee got into a wrangle on the financial plank that kept them in the committee room till nearly 4 o'clock, the currehcy resolution being overhauled and reconstrueted a time or two before an agreement was reached, and the majority making a persistent efiort to avert the introduction of a minorlty report. Llstened to Free Sllver Speeohe. During the interval the convention dld nothing but listen to free silver speeches by Seaator Bolter, John Shea, Judge Carr, Fred White, Sam Evans and Colonel Mackay, all radical white metal champions. The "sound money" men preserved silence, except that Cato Sells made a short talk of a oonciliatory character. The controversy grew warm and bitter when a minority report favoring free coinage was introduced and another prolonged silver discussion was precipitated and for awhile the proceedings were tumultuous. The final rollcall on the resolutions showd the white metal men defeated by a vote of 651 J to 420 )4. A mighty shout, mingled with groans, hisses and anathemas, followed the announcement of the result. Alargo number of freo silver delegates immediately left the hall, not waiting for the Dominationa locidenta of the Organization. There were 1,079 delegates present, every oounty in the state being fully represented. The opening prayer was by Bev. Father Linehan, a Rom;vu Catholic priest of this city, and an address of welcome j was made by Mayor Pirce, who is a Republican, but who obtained applause by J saying that the Democratie party was ' greater than any one sentiment in the party. Judge French, of Davenport, was j temporary chairman and made a long j speech, in which he gave most nence to the prohibition question and i held that prohibition must go On the financial question hefavored blmetallism, but only at a ratio to be determined by an international agreement. After teniporary organization a recess was taken and on reassembling ex-Senator Shields, of Dubuque, was made permanent chairman. Ticket That Was Nomlnsted, The nomination of a state ticket was the first matter to come up when the organization was completed, and it resulted as follows: For governor, Judge W. L Babb, of Mt. Pleasnnt; lieutenant governor, ex-Lieut. -Gov. Bestow, of Chariton ; superin tendent of public instruction, Lyman B. Parshull, of Maquokta; railf oad commissioner, Colonel George James, of Dubuque; supreme judge, Senator Thomas G. Harper, of Des Moines. Judge Babb madi a brief speech of acceptance, in which he said that the differences existing In the party were in regard to details rather than to great principies. All present were honestly bimetallists at heart. It is understood that Bestow wlll not accept the lieutenant governorship nomination. He is a strong free coinage man, and says he cannot oonsistently run on so stronsr a "sound inonev" Dlatform.


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