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The Democratic Ratification

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Parent Issue
Day
2
Month
July
Year
1880
Copyright
Public Domain
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The democrats upon the rccption of the nuws of their noimnations determined to ratify, but sorue of the older heada observing the general apathy of the people, thought it would be discreet to wait until Saturday. There were two reasons for delay. The first and tnain one waa to have time to talk up among the faithful the good qualities of their presidential candidato.and explain away his unión record to the unterrified who still elung to anti-slavery and anti-union sentiment. The seoond reason was to have sufficient time to fiad out who their candidato for vice-president was. Wel!, emi8arie8 had been on the street the intervening time coaching the deinocracy, talking bravely tothc war democrats of the noble record of their caodidate, and cxplaining away to the rebel portion of the party the Ueneral's eonduct in killing offao many of their southern brethro, ond nanging Mrs. Suratt. They alxo found out that their isucond man Uad a good sized "barrel," wliich in all probability would make up in sonie depree tor the los of Tilden's. Saturday night ca in e. Anvils were brought out, a band hired, and everything possiblc done to scare up a crowd. They dare not advertise at the opera house, however, and at aboutS o'clock, after the band had marched up street and down, and a boy been hired to parade with a banner inBcribed Ilancock and fJoglisb, they marche] into the court house, which at the best holds only about 250. At least one-third of the audience was coniposed of boys, attracted by the music of the band ; oue-third more were repubiicans, attracted by curiosity ; one-aixth were demoorats who were former republicana, one-twelf'th were war democrats, and the remainder were women, childrcn and bourbons. Tho meeting was called to order by register Manly, who very unceremoniously put his man into the chair. The chair after stating the causo of the gathering, called upon UB. CHAS. U. RICHMONI) to teil what he did down at Cinuinnati. This he attemptod to do, and pullinp out a roll of manusoript from his pocket coinmenocd reading his little ex-tempore, offhand speech. But the speaker didn'tread well. He was eithor not familiar with the writing or else hadn't bad time to read the thingovcr after writing it. It secmed strangc to litm eome way, for hc would stop for applausc in the middle of a sentence often, and thenagain hasten by where the enthasiasm should burst out. It was altogether probable that the speaker apliretiiited the failure of the thing, for he passed the MSS. diroctly over to the Argus man, with arequest, it in supposed, to publiüh - hoping it migbt sound better in print The next man called upon waa nON. BRADLEY F. (ItANUKll. an cx-tupublicau, M. C. , an ex-deniocratio J. P. A man wbo has stood on more different political platforms io the shortust length of tiiuo of anybody on record, probably. It didn't surprise any one to sec hiiu therü, tur must uvoryone familiar willi the past) was cipcctitig a turuovur about tliin time. He comweneed by asBortinj.' that thcru was cortainiy sooio fraud in calling upon bun tor he didn't expeot it, but hc never backed down wlicn in a tiln place, and so caiue out "fnlly, une(uivcx;ally, "and llanoocky, if jou ploasc," for Oeo. Sixitt - VVinfiuld- Hancook." Somebody liail appearud uk a bugbcar, and tricd to intimidatu biui iuto dilierent actiun by threatg to broil liiin on a gridiron - or somethiiiK f'nUy as terrible, but n: thanked (¦ihI he wils a freo American citizen, and waHu'i tfraid to apetk out his aentidlonts, let the conseqnenoes be what they may.and so bid defianoe to his imaginary foes. P. S. - He had evidently been reading of the Chisholm or some southern niassacres of republicana for poiitical causes, and imagined ho was down soulh. He wasgoing to help wipe out the great fraud on Sammy, and rebuke Hayes' usuriation ; he had read a part of the famous order of Gen. Hancock and thousht Jenoted statesnianship, eto., etc. The peaker made sonie points, but it took the democratie poriion of the audience so long to et it through their heads that lio would sotuetimes get into the middle of a uew Bentence beforo oheering would couiniencc, which was considerably enibarrassing. He proposed at some future time tj vindícate on the stump this, his last ohange in politica. At the close of his speech tlic band was signalled for music, after which the elephantine office seeker ot' two partios, known to the public as DENSMORE OBAMKR, was callcd upon. He had come there purposely to uiako a speech, and had that especial object in view when he left home -but he inteuded to be brief- (hu was brief - one hour or so.) He said the democrats had a difficult problem to solve in making their nouiination, it was a hard job, but -stil! all demócrata ezpected Hancock would be nominated. Then he went on to teil who Hancock was ; a military man ; in tho saddle all his life ; with no claim9 on statesmanship ; a statesman wasn't neoded ia the presidential chair. English was troiu Indiana; had coinuienced life as a departineut clerk in Indiana, was next in the legislatura of his state, then speaker of the Indiana house, then sent to congress, then regent of the Smithsonian instituto at Washington, then a business man who had aocumulated $2,000,000 in the banking business in Indianapolis (tremendouscheers - an allusion to the barrel). English was not a Knight of the Golden Circle, which organization wasn't a very bad one anyway. It was Senator McDonald who figured as head of' that organization. He called the ticket a strong one for sevcral reason.s, the tirst on aocount of his location, nest because the people were tired of republican administratioas and wantod a chango - which was new to the people- and several minor reasona. Referred to corruption in the republican party but didn't dweil at all on the democratie attempts to steal tbe government of Maine. Went into raptuios over the respectability of the ticket, and its boing true tp the country ; leavinga doubt in the minds of the hearers as to all democrats being true to their country. Roferred to the Holid south, and said the oolored meu and republioans were allowed to vote thcre, else why did three of the southern states cast their electoral votes for Kutherford B. Hayes ? Here the speaker neglccted to state the reason, which was because those three states were at that time under republican rule, and tho republican voters protected by republican offioers at the peril of their lires. As to the democratie party bcing the whisky party, he didn't care. There were men in the party who drank, but there were thoso in the opposite party driuk or not didn't make any diffcrence with principies. Ho happencd to say that Hayos' administrador) was ao excellent ad, ministration, which assertion was hcartily . applauded. He held up the bugboar of a , strong govcrninent; said (jarfield didn't represent anything in the republican party, as he did not go uto the convention as a candidato ; that he had no friendo financially ; no wire puliera to help manipúlate the machine, and was poor and friendless generally. He started several times to close hi speech but it seemed to be as difficult for liim to stop talking as it would be to stop an alarm on a clock when it comiences to run down. So he eommenced again, and said tbat a soutbern man would be an ingrate and a fool if he voted the republican ticket ; which assertion was entirely un necessary as all know it to be so considered down thcre. After continuing his brief' speech until the audience wero very tired, he closed by quoting what he ascribed originally to Hanoock, "forward, forward, for Qod's sake forwardl" which most of the audienoe took for granted was a hint to lcave, and many of theni left. The next porton oalled upon was CHAS. H. MANLY, the present register of deeds, who made really the best speech of the evoning. Said he had cst his first vots fi onM; equally au n=J"J rue the present candidato - numning MeClellan - and had been called a one-armed rebel thcrefor ; that he had fought 18 years in the minority, but now thought he saw a ray of light ahead, for he believed that Hancock and English would be elected ; rcferred to Hancoek's timely appearance at Malvern Hill, and how like angels his Icgions looked to the tired out soldiere prossed on all sidos. He then spoke ot'one who had ieft their ranks and joined the republicans - meaning Mr. Frazer - how he had stood by his side in evcry school house in the county battling against the overwhelming republican hosts; and how sorry he was to part oompany with him. He thought the gentleman had loft too soon, just on the eve of viotory, and that he would be battling in the minority 18 years longer. We didn't exactly understand the meaning of the closing sentence, which was that he looked forward to a grand triumph for Hancock and English, and that with the viotory he, too, (the speaker) should go. One uoticoable feature was tbe great trouble the speakers had in speaking the name of Gen. Hancock. It showcd they were not familiar with it, for they wou'.d say Gen. 8cott nometimes, and then Winfield Hanoock, and Scott Hanoock, and various other ways. They will probably be more familiar with it as the campaign progrestMs. The meeting then adjournej. In all candor it was far inferior to tbc republican nitification meeting, both in point ofoumbers, in point of enthusiasm, andiu the cf forts of the speakers. There was a nuticoable absence among tho latter of the prominent men of the city, and thcre was not a professor or literary man, or hardly a prominent business man even, present. The oonspicuous absenoe of sueh men muy denote viotory and a healthy condition of tho democratie party, but we doubt it.