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The Nomination

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Day
23
Month
June
Year
1876
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Public Domain
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[Cincinnati Cor. Cüicago Timos.] The day in tlie hall was marked by some of the most outr&gcous episodea that over distracted a deliberative asaembly. There were indescribable momenta, whon order, decorum, and even poaoo departed from the counsel, and fisticuilB were on the Terge of scandalizing the asecmbly prosent in tho hall, which was greator, if possible, than that of the day before, and greater eagernesa wafl manífested in all the detailu. The partisans, bont on victory, wero distruetful of every act, overt and otherwlae, and, aa the procoedings began. a group comprising líale. Frye, and Hannibal Hamlin, of Maino, caueed tlio keeuoBt anguish on the part of the distrustful and indignant Thompson, of Indiana, Cornell, of New York, and Harían, of Kontucky. They regarded the group with a lowering eye and suBpicious marnier. The galleries were bubbling over with Kontnckyism, ilaunting their Bnstow fans, while the Bristow club at Ciucinnaü had not only increased its pain t but its numbers, and, aidod by the ladies, managed so to pack the galleries witíi Bristow inlluonce as to incar tho contempt of the voting delegates and all reasonablo spectators. The Briatow men, principally in the galleries, sent up a shout as the Secretary was knocked down at 113. The Morton men held their combs high as tho Chair announced 124 for the war Goveruor, There was the end of the enthusiasm, the balance of the votes being cast as a more net of Statu duty. Tho Blaine men looked coufident as the aecond ballot was ordered unid great confusión and waying of Bristow fans from the irrepressible, noisy galleries. Freqaently, the chairman, in response to loud demanda from the floor of the house, commanded the gallery goda to behave like men and wömen who wero there nierely through favor, or they would havo to be turned out. This repeated rebuke, coming from tl ie lips of a hateful Blaine man, had the desired effect, and the heedless enthusiaste gradually rocovored from their insanity. Tuero was evidontly no possibility of a choíce on the second ballot, as the States which had favorito sous sliowed a diBposition to abide by thom. Blaine had an iucreaso to 298, Bristow gained one vote, and Morton dropped to 111. Horton stock was traeh an uncertain quantity from the first that thia faü in Uh value was regarded everywhero aa the trnmp of doom for ülivor. A fall on the second ballot, however trilling, meaut that all further devotion to him could not be relied on, and so it turned out. It was during this ballot thatthe great and important qnestion of the personal rights of each and ovory delégate to voto according to bis own choice was iutroduced again before a Eepublicau Convenüon. Penusylvauia, which wielded a tremendous influence, cast her vote solid for Haitrauft, whereupon a spare, pale-looking ariatocrat oroso in his Beat on the platform, and peering at tho chairaian through hiá glaöses, cemanded that Pennsylvania's vote should be so changed is to give him and his colleague, Mr. Brown, tlieir Blaino rights. They feit the time had come for deserting Hartranft, and stood ou tbeir independence regardless of both couventiou and caucus instruetious. The chairman promptly docided that the gentlemen wero entitled to exorcise their individual preference. Tlie words were no sooner out of his mouth than the Pennsylvania delogates began to rattle papera threateniugly, and truggle to be heard from the iloor. The oonfusion was so great that the chairmau had no opportunity to be obliging, and heneo Don Canieron and the pestilential Ceasna, of Pittsburg, were emothered. Cessna accused the Chair of notwaating to let his colleagues be heard, when tho eliarp-nosed little speaker threw back at Cesana with interest to date, and succeeded in starting thereby a diverting aideshow. l)ick Thompson, of Indiana, shook his &t at the astonishod Speaker, and boldly charged him with attempting to turn the convention for the display of private animosities. Thompson is naturally a cantankeroua spirit, and ho hnd been aching for a pretenBe to pounco upon the Chairmiin. McPherson allowed the great présenter to run off his anger, though manifestly out of order, and then, with ome pallor in his features, which had been brought on by the applause given to Thomaon's bombast, McFherson auswered with a smile that was childlike and bland that he liad made his decisión, and the convention must sust&in or annul hia action. Before the vote on this could bo taken, littlo Olivor, of Ponnsylvania, öhwksomestaleresolutionsuuderMcPherson's no3e, and accuscd bim of writiDg them, which reijuired the l'eunBvlvania delegatea to vote as a unit aa the majority might direct. The acrimony displayeu during this debate, especially from Indiana and Pennsylvania. juatiiiea the remark of Mr. Van Zandt, of Khode Island, who thonght the convention contained specimons for zoological garJens. Tho ass erop was plontiful, the most conspicuoua being James Tj-ner, Dick Thompson, and Duteher, tho moon-faced nuisanco from New York. So much timo had been devoted to this orosssword exorcise that the audience and dolegates alike groanfid for more ballots. DuriDg this heated discussion the candidates had been going into a hasty decline, but they quiokly showed sigus of life on the tally-sheot. Blaine still held the position, and the preaumption waa in his favor, thongh his friends weakened somewhat in their poaitivism when the score sliowed only 293 for Mm, a decrease of three votes, with a manifest strength for Bristow. The Southern delegates had wavered and haltcd. Morton's men held togethcr in Arkansa, Loiiisiana, and South Caioiina, and Bristow still retalned a persistent strength in a few Southern quartera and Hcattfiring through the New England States and Michigan and Illinois, which Bob Ingersoll had uot been able to deliver ontire, despite his eloquence of tho day before. Again, amid great confusión, tho balloting was resumed for the fourth time. and after Pennoylv:mia and New York had been wistfully glanced at by Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Maine, the galleriesagaiu voted en their favorito Bristow, and the ballotiug was conducted amid choers from tho housfO. Not even thia titno waa it expected that a result could be reaclied, and the Blaine goutlomou were showing itnpatience, tho Morton men a grim hope, and the Bristow faction was restiug on ita oara. When tho vote was aimoiuiccd thia time Blaine scored a deorease, Morton feil to 108, Bristow struck tho Beáffl at 120, while the scattering vote remained about as before. Again camo the ear and mouth work on tho (loor. Indiana was snulluif; death in tho atmosphoro, and leut an carta Harían, of Kentuoky, ;md tho oily Cor nell, of New York. Morton was an clcphant; Bristow had risen and Blaine fallen, ana there might como a contingeucy when Indiana could shake hand with Kontucky. The Hoosiers bit thoir lips, said they would consider tho (iuestion, and tho balloting was ro-juined. Would tho favorite-son business collapso this time ? was the all-important qunstion. Notliing could poffilbly be dono till somo State reached tho ground and placed a tombatono over its man, and used hia bones to fertilize some other field of hope. Blaine again foll to28G. North Carolina akipped from Morton to Blaine and Hayes, wishing to get out of tho Hoosier ship before itatranded ; New York abidei by Coukliug, and Bristow showed a Blight decline. The key note of the hour, as it later appeared, wan strook by Michigan, when old Oov. Howard rolldtcl the Bcatteririg Blaine and Briatow foroo of his State and cast twenty-two votes for llaves. For a moment tho surprise of the audieuco mado cheers impossiblo. Such a contingency had not been counted upon, and at tlmt Htage had do littlo influence with the convention that no Stato but North Carolina on that ballot paid Michigan the compliment of following her load. Agaiu there was no choice. Morton was ihhing below the horizon at the rato of ten knots au hom'. Bristow lost, and Ilayoa had suddenly assumt d the proportions of 104. Fivo times tlie lightning had passed over Blaiue, and it must hit him next time or not at all, was the ' general impressiOD. Hale and Frye and IngersoIL duriug the interim, dietributed hope among the dclegates of Blaino, while Cumback and Thompson counted noses aud showed a disposition to cheor up certain Southern delegationt) which had weakened on Oliver. A hubBub in the directior of Pennsylvania cd millions to Botne party, but New York still kept ite soat. Evideatly the coming inan would not come thia time, but thore would be some haadwriting on the wall before tho cali had jrogiesaea far. On tho sixth ballot Blaine ook a thrêfttcning spurt. Florida deserted lartranft and gafe half her votes to Blaine. ?ennsylvania broke aud tbrew fonrteen of her streugth for Blaiuo, and the uUout was doaf enng. Blaiue got tho voto whicli North Carolina ïad given to Ilayes on the leftd of Michigan, iristow was furnishing capital for Blaino among variou delogatiouc. Morion wna the loadestof the doad, and James G. appearodto lave a mortgage on the uóminaiiop. One oloud looomed up threateningly in the western akios. Hayea had auddenly aoquirod atrongtti from California, Connocticut, Texas, Tenneesee, and tho two Virginias, and tui, with Ohio'ö oud vote and the devotion of Michigan, placed Hayea next to the audacious genius from Maine. lilaine had 3C8, and Hayea 118, and Bristow 111. Now came the tng of war. Thls time it was Blaine or a compromiae. New York could no longer cleavotoherRoacoe ; Pennsylvania must fornake Hartrauft ; Indiana would have to throw Oliver overboard, and the only question was should it be Hayea or the unknown. They held equal strength in settling thia question. Indiana cast the die. Amid intolerable confuHion, followed by aa unbearable ailence, Cumback took the platform when Indiana was called, and in withdrawing Morton in toara caat 25 votea of hia State for Hayes and 5 for Bristow. Had Indiana reached the Briatow conclusión it ia moro than likely tlio compromiso would havo taken that snoot. The applause was simply frantic. Tho Bristow fans in the galleriea had accepted the inevitable and wavod for Hayes. A audden f ury awept over tho immense crowd, an anti-Blaino tornado rushing forth from the Hoosior sectiou and tearing up everything by the roote. Iowa and Kanaaa with tlicir olid votee for lilaino could not stop the tido whieh set in. Briijtow'a star had set never to riae in the convontion again, and Harían qnickly withdrew the big Secrotary and threw Kentucky aolid for HayoB. Thero were more frantic demonatrationa from the galleries, followed by tremendoua applause. Blassachuaetta wheeled into the Hayea luie with 21, Hissiaaippi with her solid 16, and Nevada with six. ïhen came tho big Empire State. The Conkling corpee had bccome phoaphorescent as mackerel, and had to be hanled off. Pomeroy did the business. Every broath was bated aa the gentleman paiwed on the brink of casting hia Ótate. When New York threw down aixty-one for Haj'ea againat nine for Blaine, Eugêne Hale turned palo, and tho convention hall was suddenly turnea into a circus, owned and run iu theintereatof Hayea. The tide had set in with f ury, and the contagión aproad rapidly through North Carolina. Pennsylvania, which had been estranged by the Blaine faction, got revengo by casting twentyeight for Hayes. Texas, Tennesseo, and Vrmont alao jouiod in, while scuttering strength came from the coquettiíh Virginias. Before the territories had been di8posedof,anirrepre8sib!e Hajeö feeling took the conveniion. He was in by the akin of his teeth, and the great debator wae another tombstone in tho Preaideutial csmetcry. Hia colleagues porformed tho last sad riten by seconding a motion to make Hayeii the unanimoua choice. Frye looked likê a chief mourner. and it aeemod a ecathing decree of Providence or McPheraon that Frye should use a voice mado husky for bis friend in proaching his funeral sermón. Wm. A. Wheeler, of New York, was eagerly caught up as tho finishing touch of the occasion, and the vast crowd diaperaod to rejoice, cuas, and try to blend a little patriotiam with ita surpriso. Wheeler ia tho lriend of Blaine, and would havo boen aupported for Preaident by the lüiiine men.

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