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"FOR GOD, FOR COUNTRY AND FOR TRUTH. "
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PLYMOUTH, N, C FRIDAY, JULY 17, 1908.
The Democratic Party Presents Its Ticket
to the Sovereign People
For President: WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN
For Vice-President: JOHN WORTH KERN
TOE POLL :
BRYAN :. ....892 VOTES
GOV. JOHNSON 46
JUDGE CRAY 69 '
, NOMINATION OF COL. BRYAN MADE UNANIMOUS.
JOHN W. KERN.
ALL READY FOR CAMPAIGN
Nominated by Ignatius J. Dunn and
Seconded by a Dozen or More Oth
ers the Nebraskan Secures the Nom
ination on the First Ballot Gov-
6 1 ernor Glenn Among Those Who
Make Seconding Speeches.
Denver, Col., Special. At 3 :30
'clock Friday morning William J.
Bryan, of Nebraska, was for the third
time chosen to head the Democratic
national ticket. The nomination was
, made on the first ballot, only 114
votes being cast against the Nebras
kan. J. W. Kern for Vice President.
Denver, Col., Special. The Demo
cratic uational convention concluded
its labors late Friday afternoon by
the nomination of John Worth Kern,
of Indiana, for vice president, com
pleting the ticket on which William
J. Bryan was made the nominee for
president during the early hours of
Friday morning. The nomination of
Kern was made by acclamation amid
the resounding cheers of delegates
and spectators. No ballot was nec
essary as the tide of sentiment had
setj irresistibly toward the Indiana
statesman, State after State regis-
L tflftniT their votes in his favor and all
' - the' universal demand for his nomi
nation. Detailed Vote For Bryan.
' Job n- vot
Votes. States. Eryn. Cray soa. lug.
22 Alabama 22
18 Arkansas 13
2 0 California 2 0
10 Colorado 10
14 Connecticut ... 9 .. 5
6 Delaware ' 6
10 Florida 10
2 6 Georgia 4 20 2
6 Idaho 6
5 4 Illinois 54
30 Indiana 30
26 Iowa 26 . . ..
20 Kansas 20
26 Kentucky ... .26
18 Louisiana .. ..18
12 Maine 10 .. 1
16 Maryland .... 7 . . 9
32 Massachusetts .32
2 8 Michigan 2 8
22 Minnesota 22
20 Mississippi.. . .20 . . ..
36 Missouri 36
6 Montana 6
16 Nebraska ... .16
6 Nevada 6
8 New Hampshire 7 1
24 New Jersey 24
78 New York 78
24 North Carollna.24
8 North Dakota.. 8
46 Ohio 46
18 Oklahoma 18
8 Oregon 8
8 Pennsylvania ..49 92 3
8 Rhode Island. .5 . . 3
18 South Carolina18
8 South Dakota . . 8
24 Tennessee .. ..24 ..
36 Tetas 36
6 Utah 6
5 Vermont 7
24 Virginia .... .24
10 Washington .. .10
14 West Virginia.. 14
2 6 Wisconsin. . ..2 6
5 Wyoming .... 6
6 Alaska G
fi Arizona 6 .. ..
6 Dist. of Col 6
G Hawaii 6
6 New Mexico ... 6 . . . .
6 Porto Rico 6
892 59 46 S
Milestones in Bryan's Life.
March 19, 1S60 Bom at Salem,
111., son of Silas Lillard and Maria
Elizabeth (Jennings) Bryan.
October 1, 1884 Married Mary
Elizabeth Baird, of Perry 111.
1S33-S7 Practiced lav at Jack
sonville, 111., then at Lincoln, Neb.
1S91-95 Member of Congress .
189G Nominated for President and
received 176 electorial vote to Mc
1S97-9S Lectured on bimetalism.
1893 -Colonel of Third Nebraska
1900 Nominated for President by
Democrats Populists and Silver Re
publicans; received 155 electorial
votes to McKirJey.'s 292.
1900 MajWotrr of the world.
; August 3d WpQ Landed in New
York after his tour to receive per
haps, the most remarkable reception
ever accorded an American private
citizen; was greeted by delegations
from all over the country and made a
speech in Madison Square Garden in
Avhich he launched his government
control of railroads idea.
Since then he has been writing,
talking, lecturing and fanning.
Johnson Promises Support.
St. Paul, Special. Governor John
son will support William J. Bryan,
and said ho would do all in his power
to bring about the election of Mr.
Bryan. A telegram congratulating
Mr. Bryan and tendering him Gover
nor Johnson's support was sent to
Lincoln: "Please aocept my heart
iest congratulation on your nominat
ion and the splendid victory which
j it implies. ' You will have no more
earnest supporters than I, and I hope
to be permitted to contribute to your
success and to that of the party.
'JOHN A. JOHNSON."
Mr. Bidder Capitulates.
Fairview, Lincoln, Neb., Special.
"You may rely on the sincere and
earnest support of The Staats Zei
tung. "HERMAN RIDDER."
This telegram sent by the New
York editor from some Kansas town,
the name which could not be. deciph
ered, was received by William J.
Bryan, at Fairview and although Mr.
Bryan made no comment," his pleas
ure was evidenced by the bouyant
tone in which he read the statement.
Mr. Bidder, before the Denver con
vention, called here with the an
nounced intention of asking Mr. Bry
an to withdraw from the field, as it
W. J. BBYAN. J. W. ItERN.
"FAIRVIEW," mL BRYAN'S SUBURBAN HOME, FOUR AND ONE-HALF
MILES FROM LINCOLN, NEB.
was Mr. Ridder's opinion that Mr.
Brvan could not win in November.
Lincoln Democrats declare Mr. Ridder
did not press this point, however, on
visiting Fairview. He left Lincoln
in a happy frame of mind with Mr.
Bryan's '0. K." on his free wood
To Notify Bryan.
Denver, Special The following is
the committee appointed to notify
William J. Bryan of his nomination
for President :
Alabama, R. H. Walker; Arkan
sas, Gustave Jones; California,
Charles Edelrnqn; Colorado, 1-
mer F. Beekwith; Connecticut,
Harry C. Ney; Delaware, Peter J.
Ford; Florida, W. S. Jennings; Geor
gia, Crawford Wheatleyj Idaho,
Ilarry L. Day; Illinois, Edwafd F.
Dunne; Indiana. Harry MeCart;
Iowa, J. P. 0 'Mally ; Kansas, Charles
M. Sawyer; Kentuoky, W. B. Halde
man; Louisiana, John Pulton;
Maine, Frank W. Morse; Maryland,
b. S. Field; Massachusetts, Hum
phrey O 'Sullivan; Michigan, John T.
Winship; Minnesota, J. W. Sauley;
Mississippi, J. H. Wynne; Missouri,
J. W. Farris; Montana, W. B.
George; Nebraska, John H. Moore
head; Nevada, Charles R. Evans;
New Hampshire, J. G. Hutehins;
New Jersey, Robert Davis; Ktvr
York, Lewis Nixon; North Carolina,
Edward J. Hale; North Dakota,
Frank Lish; Ohio, T. S. Arnold; Ok
lahoma, D. M. Haley; Oregon, L. M.
Travis; Pennsylvania, Dewitt C.
Dewitt; Rhode Island, P. H. Kn;
South Carolina, T. F. Brantlay ;
South Dakota, F. M. Zeibach; Ten
nessee, D. G. McKessler; Texas,
William Masterson ; Utah, T. H. Fits
erald; Vermont, James E. Burke;
Virginia, J. H. Tyler; Washington,
George F. ' Christinson ; West Vir
ginia, C. W. Ossenton; Wisconsin,
Byron Barwig; Wyoming, W H.
Holiday; Alaska, H. W. Kellen; Ari
zona, W. A. Forbes; District of Col
umbia, Sam De Nedry; Hawaii, Allen
Herbert; New Mexico, John Morrow;
Porto Rico, D. Collazo.
To Notify Kern.
Denver, Special. The following is
the committee appointed to notify
John W. Kern of his nomination for
Alabama, M. A. Clay ; Arkansas,
J. II. Crawford; California, Justus
S. Warnell; Colorado, T. A. Wheeler;
Connecticut, Frank P. Fenton; Flori
da, M. M. Brown; Georgia, Lindsay
J. L. Johnson; Idaho, W. II. Eckles;
Illinois, William S. Warder; Indi
ana, Sig. Kann; Iowa Charles Bul
lock; Kansas, S. S. Graybill; Ken-
tucky, J. T. Griffith; Louisiana, John
Marshall; Maine, James R. Abbott;
Maryland, Jackson II. Ralston; Mass
achusetts, John-O'Gara; Michigan,
E. E. McKnight ; Minnesota, John C.
Wise; Mississippi, M. C. McGhee;
Missouri, R. L. Hamilton; Montana,
R. A. Ford; Nebraska, Andrew M.
Moriissey; Nevada, W. S. Elliott,
New Hampshire, Not selected; New
Jersey, Clarence Cole; New York,
James Norton; North Carolina, W. J.
Cooke; North Dakota, P. II. Perry;
Ohio, A. J. Runyan; Oklahoma, John
J. Geriach; Oregon, Dan J. Fray;
Pennsylvania, Mortimer C. Rhone;
Rhode Island P. J. Murphy; South
Carolina, Thomas R. Waring; South
Dakota, Andrew Foley; Tennessee,
J. G. McLean; Texas, Rice Maxey;
Utah, J. D. Call; Vermont, James E.
Burkes; Virginia, E. E. Ford; Wash-
ii.gton, L. B. Rignold ; West Virginia,
S. A. Hayes; Wisconsin, Gilbert T.
Hodges; Wyoming, M. E. Johnston;
Alaska, John H. Duckworth; Ari
zona, W. A. Forbes; District of Col
umbia, John J. Purcell ; Hawaii, O. T.
Shipman; New Mexico, G. A. Rich
ardson; Porto Rico, A. L. Hill.
The campaign issue of injunction
has revived interest in the Contempt
bill passed by the Senate in 1890,
which is the basis of the injunction
plank in the Denver platform.
JOHN WORTH KERN-
A SKETCH Of HIS LIFE
Nearly 69 Years Old.
December, 20, 1849 Born in
Alto, Howard county, Ind.
1869 Graduated from Uni-
versity of Michigan.
Reporter for the Supreme
1835-89 Reporter for the Su-
preme Court of Indiana.
1892-6 State Senator.
1897-1901 City Attorney, In-
Defeated for Governor.
1904 Again defeted for Gov-
1905 Received complimentary "
vote of his party for United
Denver, Speeial. "Gentlemen, you
will have to excuse ae, for I must go
and buy 'a1 present-for my little boy.
I remember that this is his birthday."
With this plea, John Worth Kern,
Democratic nominee for Vice-President,
left an important conference of
Indiana party leaders here the other
"Well, I reckon that is about the
only political confab John Kern ever
left until it was. over, " said one of
his fellow delegates, "and I don't
suppose there is a thing on earth that
could have dragged him away except
some duty or pleasure for his fam
ily." The plea of Mr. Kern for absent
ing himself, and the comment thereon
by his close personal and political
friends, well illustrates the two most
striking traits in the character of the
man whom the Democratic party has
chosen to be the running mate of
William Jennings Bryan. First of
all, Mr. Kern loves his family. Next
he loves the swirl of politics, and
over in Indiana thev tell you he
knows the game as he knows his
There will be hundreds of thous
ands of voters asking:
"Who is this man from Indiana,
a man who never was in the halls of
Congress in an official capacity and
never had anything to do with Wash
ington affairs except as the rank and
file of American citizens have to Co
with them? In his State he has
never held any higher office than Su
preme Court. How then, did it come
that he should be singled out to be
the team mate of the man from Ne
braska, ' singled out from the scores
of men, some of wider fame, who
were mentioned as suitable for the
Pr3sidency of the United States Sen
ate and as quite suitable to the Chief
Magistrate in case of accident?"
Probably the best answer is that
Mr. Kern is, heart, mind, muscle and
soul a Bryan Democrat, and that he
can come nearer carrying Indiana for
his party, in all political probability,
than any other man that could be
named. Every delegate from the
Hoosier State will tell you that when
the long whiskers of Mr. Kern shake
with the fervency of his political
pleading from the rostrum, every toss
ing strand of them is said to lure
votes from somewhere.
Twice he has been the candidate
in Indiana for Governor, and twice
he has polled more votes by 12,000
than any other man on his ticket.
He failed of election in 1900 and
again in 1904. They were brilliant
failures that have become political
assets and thrust him to the fore as
"the first Democrat of Indiana."
With all his fine prowess as a
stump speaker and vote getter, how
ever, it is safe to say that Mr. Kern
would not have been chosen the nom
inee for the VicePresidency did not
he fit the Bryan program and per
sonnel like the glove of the debutante.
Not in any sense is Mr. Kern to be
considered a frequenter of clubs. His
social instincts do not run quite in
that channel, and yet he is credited
with being one of the best mixers and
cleverest tellers of stories in his
State. He has a keen sense of humor
and enjoys the sunny side of life as
much as anybody. In a circle of
friends he is nearly always conceded
the floor and given sway to leadi the
conversation. "He is a member of the
University Club of Indianapolis.
Nobody has ever discovered that he
has any hobby but politics, or any
recreation but commingling with his
family and friends. He does not play
golf, go fishing or hunting or follow
any game but that which was pictur
esquely played here in Denver last
week. In that he is a shining light.
He loves his law books and doeu
msnts on political economy. In them
he seeks the diversion which the links
or the quarry offers to others.
Ha is rugged neither in stature nor
in health, but when it comes to cam
paigning he can "make" more town.
and delieverdi as many speeches in a
day as the best of them.
John W. Kern was born December
20, 1849, in Howard coanty, Indiana.
His father, D. Jacob W. Kern, was a
"Virginian, who removed to Shelby
county, Indiana, in 1836, and ilveri
there until 1S46, when he moved into
the new Northern country.
Mrs. Kera Sorry.
Indianapolis, Special. Mrs. Kern
wife of the nominee for Vice-Presi
dent, was notified of the nominatiot
of her husband at Denver. She was
at her home, 1836 North Pensylvania
street, with the children. "I had hop
ed," said she, "you would give me
the good news that Mr. Kern had not
been nominated. I, of course, appre
ciate the honor conferred upon Mr.
Kern, but I cannot understand what
conditions at Denver have arisen that
would cause him to accept the nomi
nation. Mr. Kern has injured his
health in past campaigns by his ac
tivity and it means vastly more to
me than any political honors. I am
sincerely sorry, although I suppose I
should not say so."
Kern's Sister Sells Produce.
Roanoke, Va., Special. Mrs. Sallie
Engle, only sister of John W. Kern
of Indiana, Democratic candidate for
Vice President, when she came to
Roanoke market with a load of pro
duce from her farm near this city.
"I have been trying to get John to
quit politics," said Mrs. Engle, "and
the last letter I wrote him I again
asked him to get out of it. His re
ply, which was received but recently
said: "Don't be uneasy, there are no
bees buzzing in my bonnet."
Mrs. Engle and-Mr. Kern now own
the old Kern homestead in Garvin's
Cove, near Roanoke, and the candi
date's father is buried there.
FOR THE BIG BATTLE
Candidates and Their Weapons.
For President ' William Jennings
Bryan, of Lincoln, Neb.
For Vice-President John Worth
Kern, of Indianapolis, lnd'4
Main Issue "Shall the people
rule? equal rights to all; special
privileges to none."
Planks in Platform State's rights;
labor disputes on same footing , as
other cases in issuing writs of injunc
tion; immediate tariff revision; in
come tax; enlargement of powers of
Interstate Commerce Commission
and physical valuation of railroads;
publicity of campaign contributions;
popular election of Senators; guar
anteed banks; criminal prosecution
of criminal trusts ; condemnation of
imperialism; denunciation of admin
istrative succession; improvement of
waterways and good roads; condem
nation of arbitrary power ,of Speaker
of House of Representatives; prohi
bition of Asiatic immigration; nat
ional bureau of health ; economy of
Events of the Closing Day.
On receiving the news of his nomi
nation Mr. Bryan declared that "if
elected he will not be a candidate
for a second term.
The issue is joined and the Middle
West is to be the battleground.
Many Democrats fear that the at
tack of Permanent Chairman Clay
ton on Roosevelt will induce the Pres
ident to take the stump in defense of
Each Defeated Twice.
Denver, Special. The ticket is
completed. Bryan has twice been de
feated for the Presidency. Mr. Kern
has twice been defeated for Gover
nor of Indiana. In two former nat
ional conventions Mr. Kern has been
considered as a candidate for the
Vice-Presidency, but failed of the
nomination. He is a -close personal
friend and a supporter of Bryan, has
been steadfast in the convention to
Bryanism through . ail political ad
versity. Happy at Kern's Home.
Indianapolis, Special. The nomi
nation of Bryan was not received
with any evidence of enthusiasm here
and in this respect it was identical
with the nomination of Taft, but
when it was followed by the selection
of Kern for Vice-President there was
evidences of generous enthusiasm on
the part of the Democrats, and notice
able disappointment on the part of
Republicans. It was generally con
ceded that Kern's selection would
act as an inspiration to the party in
this State, and as it is concedad that
Indiana will be one of the battle
ground States this year, the Demo
crats were bouyant aad the Republi
cans correspondingly depressed .
Berlin Estimate of Bryan.
Berlin, By Cable. All the newspa
pers print the news of the nomination
by the Democratic National Conven
tion at Denver of W. J. Bryan for
the Presidency of the,,United States,
but most of them without comment.
The Boersen Zietung, National Lib
eral, says: "Mr. Bryan upon the
whole is a very sympathetic person
ality. His great eloquence is due to
his speaking his convictions. He is a
man of weight and a magnificent agi
tator, but hardly a statesman." The
Moring Post, the radical Democratic
organ, says Mr. Bryan is far below
the late Grover Cleveland in states
MORiTO IN BED
Horr&!e Tragedy At Home of
North Carolina Merchant
SHOT DEAD WITH HIS OWN GUH
Two White Men Enter Home of, Mr.
John M. Morris in search of Money
..and When5 He Awakes Shoots Him.
With His Own Gun.
Monroe, N. C, Special. Two un
known white men, one clad in the
garb of a woman, entered the home
of Mr. John M. Morris, a well-known
farmer-merchant of the county liv
ing two miles east of Weddington
Academy, at 3 o'clock - Saturday
morning to burgularize it; Mr. Mor
ris was awakened by , the intruder
anci shot dead in his bed by them,
his own gun being used, and the bur
glars made good their escape after
I, i n .
securing a smiui Sffluuui oi munejr
from the home and store of the mur
dered man. " -
Tht explosion of the gun awakened
Mrs. Morris, who was sleeping with a
child in another bed, and she found
the bed on which her husband lay; on.
fire. This she threw On the floor and -,
extinguished and saved the house
from being burned. By the light' of
the flames she recognized the two
assassins as white men, one of them
wearing a dress, supposedly as a dis
guise. ' "-.
Coroner Sykes empaneled a jury
and held an inquest, examining about
fifty witnesses' . The verdict of the
jury was that Mr.' Morris came to his
death at. the hands of unknown per
sons. Two white men of the neigh
borhood, however, are suspected of
the bloody crime and the officers ara
now searching for them. 1 These sus
pects told parties that they were g'
ing away, saying to some that they
were leaving for a picnic in Stanley
county and to others 'that they were
that these are the burglar-assassins.
- The home of Mr. Morris is located
in the same building in which, he con
ducted a store, and robbery was what
led to the brutal murder. When tha
burglars entered the sleeping room
they found Mr. Morris' gun in .a
rack on the wall and when he awoka
shot him with it before he could
move. The assassin was standing
within a few feet of the bed and the
discharge of. the gun set , the - bed
clothes afire. The load entered the
dead man's side just below the ribs,
fearing a great hole through 'the
body. Death was almost instantan
eous. The gun used with such deadly
effect was carried off by the burglars
when they fled. ' J'
Mrs. Morris, bereft of her husband
in a moment and without warning,
and with no protection left her, not
even a pisrol, and with two assassins
just leaving the house, was terrified
beyond bounds, but her self-possession
1il not 1a3V( lifr. and with thi
child clinging to her side in fright,
and not understanding the catastro
phe, she went outside and gave the
alarm. . '
It was a weird sight which met tho
gaze of the first hurrying 'men who
came to the rescue. The dead man
lay half way across the bed where he
had been peacefully sleeping only a
few minutes before. The burned bed
clothing told another part of ' the
story, and an open door in the house
where the two men, who were seen by
Mrs. Morris escaping told the .re
mainder of the story. , . ''
Mfn with nmnrns nnrt nrmp-i .
an emergency, sought about the houso
and store for traces of the burglars
arm uliu, iim m:uuicu iiic uviiiuy
sections but without avail. Tha,
burglars had successfully eluded deV ,
tection and were doubtless making
thc;r hasty retreat from the ,ceneo;
the crime when the seachers arrived
on the scene. " v
About $25, which Mr. Morris was
known to have in his posesion at
the time, was missing when, in'tha
early gray of the day," friends of
the stricken woman, who had come
to her aid, instituted a more system
atic search than. -could be made in the
darkness of the night.-, Out. in the
back yard of the dwelling which wna;
a store, with rooms built to the side,
for the, family, was found the snts
of the dead man witli the pockets
rifled. Mr. Morris hv.-'i about $12 on
his person when he closed his' store.
Rash Deed of Insane Wife. .
Winston-Salem, N. C, Special. In
a fit of insanity Mrs. Thomas V.
Pfaff,- of 922 Aeadimv street, Salem,
attempted to take the life of her hus
band by striking him a terrific blew
on the side of the .'head with an ax
I while he lav P-slep about 8 o'clock
O J 1 .... : . 5 i,' -l .
ouuuuy morning, ana mrerwaras.
tried to commit suicide by jumping
into, a well in the yard. Sh? was on
the verge of making the descent to
the bottom of tha well and eternity
when Mr. PfaiT. who had partially re
covered from the effect of the blow,