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"middle-of-the-road" Men

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St. Louis, July 22. - Ihe attempt ot tlie MMiddle-of-the-road" monto organize resultedin a high time. A.H. Livingston of Missouri was elected tomporary ehairrnan and A. L. Reed temporary secretary. A row bogan as soon as the meeting was organized. A delégate írom Oklahoma named Albright, pointed out a man seated in front of the chairman. and declared that he had been around the various hotels distributing "Mark Hanna's money" for the purpose of preventing the indorsement of Bryan, and defeating the silver party. The man, who proved to be Siias Ross of Buffalo, N. Y., denied in the most emphatic manner that he had been engaged in any such business or had ever seen the Oklahoma man before. Albright claimed that Ross had reprerentod himself as from Baltimore and othcr portions of the country, but upon close questioning he admitted that he might be mistaken in saying that the man looked very much like Ross. Later in the meeting Hackstaff of Colorado made a speech. The Oklahoma inan snid Hackstaff was the man. Hackgtatï i mmediately denied that he had ever geen the Okluhoma man bef ore, or that he was engaged in anything but an effort to gelect a straight out Populist candidate for president. The Oklahoma man gcemed to be undecided, and went out after a iotíon had been adopted requesting the Bryan men to leave the hall. Bafore the last part of this interesting incident ocenrred, and shortly after the meeting ■was oalled to order, a motion was carried ■with a vrhoop that none but a straight out Populist should be nominated for president. Xhen oceurred a row over the facfc hat iuen with Bryau badges wcre in the oom. It was olaimed by "the middle-ofthe-rofid" Populista that these Bryan men should either get or declare themselvos i ,-i middle-of-the-road ticket. There were several quarrels over rights of recognition, and the secretary finally got a semblanee of order by moving a roll cali of States t.o secure responses and seo what Btrength the "middle-of-the-road" men would have in the convention. Arizona did not respond, nor did Alabama, although a Florida man stated that he understood Alabama was divided. Arkansas was for the Omaha platform. California was divided, but it was said the "middle-of-the-road men" would ac cept Bryan 'on a straight Populist platform. There was no response trom Connecticut. Colorado announced two delegation s, one for Bryan and the other straight out. ïhe secretary moved that the "middle-of-the-road" men use every effort to seat their delegation and rejeot the "Democratie delegation" headed by Tom Patterson This was carried with a Bhout. There were no responsos from Delawaro or the District of Columbia. Colorado and Florida announced two votes for the "middle-of-the-road" cause. Georgia did not respond. Wheu Indiana was called it was announced that the greater portion of the delegation was "middle-of-theroad," the delegato making the aunouncement statinjr that the Populists that he representad did not propose to do anything that would assist in the election of Daniel W. Voorhees to succccd himself. More whoops were heard when this announcement was made. Idaho was then called. James Gunn said that her seven 'otes would be cast for Bryan, that no matter what this convention did, Idaho Populists would vote solidly for Bryan and carry the state for him. The secretary made the point of order that this was a "middle-of:the-road" meeting and the Bryan men had ao rtght to try and niake it a "Democratie ratification meeting." When Iowa was called Secretary Reed enteredinto quite a discussion of the preferences of different delegates, and after lifruriug out five or six "middle-of-theroad" men, he enteréd an emphatic denial of Weaver's statement that Iowa would cast thirty solid vitis for Bryan. When Illinois was called the announcement was made that there was an Altgeld delegation for Bryan and a Taylor delegation for middle-of-tho-road. Ir was promptly asserted, however, that Altgeld was not a delégate. The reply was made that Altgeld controlled the Bryan delegation. When Maine was called a man mounted a chair and stated with great vehemence that there was only one delégate from Maine present, but the tielegation was solid for middle-of-the-road. Another man with equal vehemence denied the non. Missouri, with ono exception, was soHd for the "middle-of-ther-oad." A man froru Sfc. Louis rnisecl a row and was ejected. Theu business was resumed. The Minnesota man waa so niad that he would make no response for his state, and thore was none from Maryland, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and North Dakota. Roas of New York said he represented "middle-of-the-road men." The rollcall was not resumod. Some of the states, however, reported to the socretary, a West Virginia man annouucing that only two delegates from that state were f or Bryan, although the whole dolegatiou had been claimed for him.


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