Like A Love-Feast August Ollendyke
REPUBLIL&N. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15 1900. - 1 s a I LIKE A LOVE - FEAST No Enthusiasm at the Democratic County Convention' M. F. C0NRY FOR CONGRESS No Interest Manifested In Any of the Nominations Except Those for Register or Wills and Jury Commissioner - Resolutions Received With Solemn Slleuoe - Some Difficulty In Securing: Candidates for All the Offices. A change has come o'er Lackawanna 1 Democracy. Yesterday's convention, held in the Court house, was a love feast as compared to the old - time, rip - roaring and over - enthusiastic gatherings. Even when the resolutions, written in most florid language, were read they were received in silence, without a single cheer, not even the name of William Jennings Bryan extracted a single cheer. It was difficult to realize that it was a convention of Lackawanna county Democrats. The nominating speeches were flat and fell flat and except in connection with the nomination of jury commissioner there was no evidence of life. There were but two contests, viz., for the nomination for register of wills and jury commissioner. The other nominations were made as if automatically, hence it was an impossibility to inject any enthusiasm into the proceedings. The ticket nominated is as follows: Additional Law Judge Hon. John P. Kelly, Scranton. Congress M. F. Conry, Scranton. Sheriff C. H. Schadt. Scranton.' Treasurer C. G. Boland. Scranton. Clerk of Courts Thomas Law, Archbald. District Attorney James J. O'Mal - ley, Olyphant. Prothonotary M. F. Norton, Carbondale. Recorder Fred. Warnke, Scranton. Register of Wills William Koch, Scranton. Jury Commissioner D. J. Campbell. MORNING SESSION. County Chairman Frank Fitzsim - mons called the convention to order at 10:35 o'clock and proceeded immediately to the work of organization. Mr. Joseph O'Brien nominated ex - Mayor James J. O'Neil of Carbondale as temporary chairman, who, upon taking the chair, made a brief speech as follows: Mr. Chairman and fellow Democrats: I thank you for the honor you have conferred upon me in making me chairman to preside over a convention such as this. It is at all times an honor and a pleasure to be called upon to preside over such a body. The Democratic party is as old as the government. It is as young, fresh and vigorous today as when the foundations of this government were laid. It stands as close to the people; its ends are for the people, for the elevation of the in dividual, and Is opposed to the growth of any spstem or corporation that is con solidated against them, whether that system is ot money, of class, of creed, or of race. Democracy means the encouragement of each individual to strive for his own advancement. It is in favor o equal and exact laws for all. It believes in home rule. It believes still in the indissoluble union of indissoluble states. Jr. t ui,uabd to ulllLailam etna foluilng upon any people our government wunout tnelr consent. Other nations struggling to free them selves we hope to see take their places among the nations of men. We point with pride to Jefferson, Madison, Monroe and the heroic Jackson, and we hope to close the century with one who is as Illustrious and as heroic as they; who has lived for the plain people and championed them, William J. Bryan. Mr. John J. Coyne was re - elected secretary of the convention, after which the committees were announced as follows: Committee on credentials John A. Ho - ran, Dunmore; John P. McDonald, Carbondale; M. J. Walsh, Scranton; J. S. Uachman, Gouldsboro; Peter Martin, Jermyn. Committee on resolutions Frank Mc - Grath, Scranton; John W. Howell, Scranton; John Demtith, Scranton; John J. Bridget, Carbondale; Thomas Scanlon, Scranton. Committee on permanent organization J. J. Fahuy, Scranton; James P. Law, Taylor; August Ollendyke, Throop; Paul W. Aten, Nowton; M. C. Donnelly, Scranton. The convention soon afterwards adjourned, to meet at 2 p. m. AFTERNOON SESSION. Three o'clock had arrived before Chairman O'Neill called the afternoon session to order and he at once called upon the committee on permanent organization to report, which Mr. J. J. Fa hey, chairman, did as follows: Chairman James J. O'Neill. Secretaries John J. Coyne, Joseph E. Brennan, R. J. Beamish and Martin J. Cadden. THE RESOLUTION. Chairman McGrath of the commit tee on resolutions read the following report: The Democracy of Lackawanna coun ty, In convention assembled, declares its unraitering devotion to the principles ot government by the people enunciated by Thomas Jefferson, the Immortal founder of the Democratic purty, as applied to tho stirring issues of the present day. It regards the platform adopted bv tho Democratic national convention at Kan sas City on July 4, l'.KW, as a new Declaration of Independence, and firmly believes In the sentiment embodied in it that Imperialism, Involving as it doen, the perpetuity of our Republican Institutions, is the paramount Issue in this campaign. It heartily endorses and ratifies the nomination by the national Democratic convention of that peerless champion of the peoples rights, AVilllam Jennings Bryan, of Nebraska, for president, and that Bnge statesman, AUlftl E. Stevenson, for vice president, as well as the excel lent nominations for state ntHcors made by the Democratic convention at HnrrlH - burg and the nominees of this conven tion. vo confidently expect their triumph'! nt election In November. Jt deplores tne evidences or a lack ot stury Americanism on the part of the Republican national administration, as displayed in such humiliating diplomatic bluniliTS n the Samoan arrangement, tho N learn gun n canal treaty, known as the Hav - l'auneefote treaty, and the pro visional surrender to Great Hrltnln of a territory in Alaska greater In area than th state of Rhode Island, which had been the property of the United States for thirty - three years, it regards as Saratoga A M al af f Water Takra In tn omlnr Mta s bnmr wltta maala a. adl.MI. at, at olaht eoraa aarvouanaaa and maa.a yoo alaap Try It. For bjr dracdrta, f rooara. oai.a ana aol.ia. Dana lot pampolat. Wholoaala Agvnta, MV For sale by E. O. Coursen, ' !2ronr Scrflntnn Pa. particularly shameful the hauling down of the American Hag from over the heads of American citizens on the American continent at a time when we are asserting sovereignty by force over an alien people of a different civilization in the Orient seven thousand miles away. It arraigns the Republican party of Lackawanna county for extravagance in the management of the affairs of the county and charges the Republican party specifically with full responsibility for the causeless contest for the office of county treasurer, which, though pending for three years, is still far from the end and which will add a burden of $150,000 to the already overtaxed people of that county. It notes with deep regret the death, since the last county convention, of that distinguished lawyer and able ana honest jurist, the late Hon. Frederick W. Gunster, and recognizes the honor which he reflected upon his party by the Wisdom and discretion which he displayed lu the performance of his judicial duties. The resolutions were adopted, but no demonstration followed, not a single cheer being heard when Mr. McGrath finished the reading. ON CONTESTED SEAT. Chairman Horan of the committee on contested seats read the following report: Blakely Second ward, P. W. M. McLaughlin; First ward, R. Dunlap. Lackawanna township Northeast district. Jas. McGloin. Taylor First ward, Jas. Mc Donnell. Scranton First ward. Fifth district, Anthony Carden; Third ward. First district, John Rock and Patrick Mor - an, one - half vote each; Eleventh ward. Second district. P. Robllng, Jr.; Sixteenth ward. Second district, M. J. Gillespie; Twentieh ward. Second district, M. Cahalln and Patrick McTlgue, one - half vote each; Twentieth ward. Fourth district, William Roach and James Moore, one - half vote each; Seventh ward, Fourth district, John Mal - oney; Third ward. Second district, Archbald Johnson. Fell Township James Brennan and Michael Howard, one - half vote each. JUDGE KELLY NOMINATED. The work of nominating candidates was thereupon proceeded with, Chairman O'Neill announcing the first to be that for judge. Mr. E. C. Newcomb nominated Judge Kelly in the following speech: Mr. Chairman and gentlemen of the convention: It may be said that our choice of candidates for additional law judge has been determined by recent events and that we are controlled by the governor's appointment. Ordinarily when a Democratic executive fills a casual vacancy on the bench by an appointment from his own party it lends such commanding prestige to the appointee as to virtually assure his nomination at the ensuing convention. When a vacancy in the ofhee occurred last spring by reason of the untimely death of our lament ed Judge Gunater, there was manifested a marked public sentiment in favor of a successor of his political faith. Some one had the good sense to suggest that an expression of the members of the bar be taken as to their choice in the matter. The suggestion met with such favor that the bar promptly and with great enthusiasm, united without distinction of party in the choice of one of its foremost members, and that member was a Democrat, Governor Stone, a lawyer himself, had the wisdom to defer to this action on the part of our bar and to appoint the man of Its choice. Ha recognized the fact that the action of the lawyers was an unquestionable guaranty of fitness in the man of its selection. All lawyers may look alike to the miscellaneous audience, but to the gentlemen who sit within thls bar enclosure when the courts are in session, the active practitioner is at all times a subject of critical observation. 1 he has a weak point in his armor, if he be deficient in learning or skill, if he be lacking in courtesy, if he have an Infirmity of temper, and. above all, if there be a flaw in his character for personal or professional integ rity, his brother lawyers know It. More man that, it is to be remembered that in the whole community there is no person or class of persons having so much at HtnKe in tno matter to whom It Is of such vital Importance that the Judiciary be of the highest character for learning, ability and Impartiality. So that when thflv unite in asking for the appointment of one or meir numoer, you may rest as - sureu mat ne is eminently at for the position. Yet. If the governor in mnklne - thn nn - pointment had ignored the expressed wisn or tne par, it would have given me great pleasure to stand here today and yui. in nomination lor tne ottlce of additional law Judge, as I now do, the Incumbent, Judge John P. Kellv. In the distinction that was conferred upon mm Dy the appointment, and In his elevation to the bench by popular vote there is an element of just local pride in which we an may snare, lor he Is a native of this countv and a nroduct of her institutions. Born just beyond the confines of Scranton, in the borough of Olyphant, he removed with his family in his early childhood to this city, where ne grew up witn tne advantages of our public schools, graduating: from thn hic - h school In 1SN0. In his achievements ho nas Been from that day ever since a con spicuous witness to the efficiency and thoroughness of our public school sys - xern or education, tie passod from the nign scnooi to tne law ofilce of the late A. H. Winton, where his Klfted mind was steadily developed under tho tuition of Air. v inton, one ot the most scholarly and accomplished lawyers that northeastern Pennsylvania has ever produced. Called to the bar in 1883, he was almost immediately taken into the office of the late Judge Connolly, who at that time entered upon his term of service as dis trict attorney. When Judge Connolly went on the Dencn in lSbS, Judge Kelly formed a partnership with Mr. O'Brien, and from that day up to the time of his appointment he was engaged in a constantly growing and extensive practice with a diversified field for the display of his splendid powers, and the solidity of his attainments and in which his rise to eminence lu his profession has been rapid and well earned. In the meantime from January, lu'.C, to January, 1HK, he held the omce of district attorney, discharging its duties with painstaking fidelity and to the great satisfaction of the bar and bench, as well as of the community. If I were to yield to the promptings of a close personal friendship covering a period of twenty years, dating back to the days when we were both students at law, a irienusnip mat nas grown witn the years thut have rolled away, I might speak of Judge Kelly in terms of personal admiration and eulogy. I would regard it, however, as unbefitting the occasion, as I know it would be distasteful to the modest and unassuming sub ject of these remarks. btanding now at tne prime oi nis manhood, having attained the full maturity of his powers, blessed with an abund ance of good health ana witn me promise of many years of usefulness before him, enjoying In the highest degree the confidence of the community, and with the bar of this county, which he has so conspicuously adorned, standing sponsor for him, may I not say without extravagance of speech that in his person we offer to this Judicial district an Ideal candidate for whom every elector regardless of political affiliation may cast a ballot with feelings of pride and satisfaction, and venture to predict for hira the most overwhelming majority that was ever cast In the county for a judicial candidate? There being no opposition Judge Kelly was elected by acclamation. CONRY FOR CONGRESS. Attorney Willard M. Bunnell next nominated Mr. M. F. Conry for congress, and in his remarks, said: The issues of the present campaign were, he thought, the most Important since the Civil war and for that reason it was important that the congressional candidate should be in perfect harmony with the principles enunciated at Kansas City on July 4. He had the honor of nominating for that office a man whose Integrity was above suspicion, a man who had risen by his own exertions to a prominent place among the lawyers of Lackawanna. He referred to M. F. Conry. The mention of whose name was the signal for the first demonstration of the day. No other nominations were made and Mr. Conry was promptly declared the con gressional nominee. A motion was thereupon made by a delegate that a committee of three be (Continued on Page G.) '