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From One Who Was There

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To the Editorof the Argus: - Perhaps a line from one whoattended the Buffaló Conference inay help to dispei, in this neighborhoodjat least, the mistaken view taken of the so-called "ïefnsal" to cheer Dewey. A speaker discussing some subject wholly distinct from the Fhilippines raentioned AdmiralDewey's name incidentally. He did so without oratorical purpose and without that uicely timed pause which usually serves as a hint to the audience tbat appiause is expected. The audience in this case was intent on the sjeakers argument and, as hejjspoke rapicily, the allusion was naturally and properly passed over in silence.gjln the gatheriugjot' some 200 there were, as the vote afterwards showed, 15 iusyrnpathy with the president's policy of irnperialism. The gentlemen very cleverly made of this whoily insignificant incident a count iu their general indictment of the conference and the press has quite generally taken its cue from thetn. Curiously enongh all 15 were in the room when Dewey's name was mentioned and none thought to, applaud : tnough all were very passinate afterwards in rebuking the anti-imperialists for their silence. The Conference, I inay say, was not made up of men who thought the expression of patriotic sentiments best made by raising a loud noise witb hands aud feet when the name of some diitinugished man is mentioned. As an illustration - IJhappen to kmw that nine of 10 of the men there were Bryan democrats y et Mr. Bryan 's name was repeatedly mentioned in the course of argument and was not once cheered. Yet the Bryanite paper which should tor that reason pronounce the Conference hostile to Mr. Bryan would not tnake any more egregious blunder than nave the newspapers tbat see in the siience that greeted Dewey 's name a parpose to denv just laurels to that distinguishei officer.