J. N. Henderson, editorial on Hill as presidential candidate, The Bryan Eagle, 20FEB1890

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J. N. Henderson, editorial on Hill as presidential candidate, The Bryan Eagle, 20FEB1890 - B ryan E ag Cleveland a majoritv on the iirst j...
B ryan E ag Cleveland a majoritv on the iirst j »ballot, which at one time was I PuBLisiiKn E vkuy TnrusitAY, at B hyan , T exas , : thought to be quite impossible. While this preliminaiy contest And entered at the postofiìce as second- class mail matter. S. M. SMITH, Publiiher and Editor. THURSDAY, : FEB. 20, 1800. was waging, I had several oppor- ! tunitiesof seeing,andasfaras 1 A FAIR KSriMATF OF OOV. HILL .. In view of the now patent fact that Governor Hill of New' York will he an active, aggressive and formidalile presidential aspimnt in 1892, it is very proper for the people to he put in possession of reliable fact.s relative to the man and his political character. The following letter from the Hon. John N. Henderson, judge of the 20th judicial district, is, sve think, a very important as well as impartial impartial and fair estimate of Gov. Hill as a public man and practical j>ol- itician. The correspomlencc fully explains itself: B kva . n , Tex., Feb. 4, 1890. Hon. John N. Henderson, Franklin, D ear 8 ib : Y ou were a delegate to the Chicago Democratic convention of 1884, and if I remember correctly, 1 have heard you speak of meeting, while there. Gov. David B. Hill, of New York. Inasmuch as he is spoken of as a presidential candidate for 1892, and as some antagonism seems to exist between him and Fx-President Cleveland, I would like to have your views of (iov. Hill as a presidential possibility; and how' w ill his candidacy affect Cleveland’s nomination or election. Very respectfully, K. M. S mith . Fraxklix, Tex., Feb. 10, 1890. K, M. Smith, Ed. K aole , Bryan, D ear H ih : Y'onrs referring to the candidacy of (iov. Hill, of New York, for the nomination by the Democracy for president in 1892, and asking my views in regard regard thereto, and also as to possible possible antagonism between the friends of Hill and (Ueveland, received some days since, hut uw'ing to press of business in court, an answer has been postponed. It was my good fortune to be a member of the Democratic national national convention in 1884, and while there I had the honor of meeting w'ithiiov. Hill. G, P. Meade, now of Fort Wurth, and myself were zealous supporters supporters of Mr. Cleveland, The Tex.as delegation were divided lietween Bayard, McDonald and Cleveland, with a decided preponderance in fav'or of the former at the outset. With this uueertainty and division in sentiment, a strong inducement was aiibrded to the friends of each of the rival candidates to endeavor to gain converts in the Texas delegation, delegation, and for a time the parlors of our delegation, at the Grand Paciiic,furnished the battle-ground for the rival factions of Tammany Hall and the New York county Democracy. Hero it was that (jrady poured forth his insatiate spleen upon the devoted liead of Cleveland. Here it was Gen. Spinola, his dark Italian eyes Hashing lire, adjured ns never to assist in nominating Cleveland; for as governor of New York, he had offended the labor vote, and it could never be carried for him. While Burk Cochran, in calm, unimpassioned unimpassioned elovncnee ileclared in language, not to he mistaken, that the Irish vote would never follow such a leader as Grover Cleveland. But these were m»‘t, ami more than met, by the chan.pions of the New York com it} Democracy. David B. Hill, tlieii Lieut.-Gover- nor of New York, and necessarily familiar with recent legislation in that state, ably and logically answered every j>oint that had been made against Mr. Cleveland, as to laws ¡»assed and aitprovcd, or vetoed by him durin«r his administration administration as governor, and the iinish- ing touches were put to the discomfiture discomfiture of Tammany Hall when John R. Fellows pronounced his splendid eulogy niton Cleveland, which in true, burning clot}uence has rarely, if ever, been exeelletl by any living American orator. M'ith such help, the Texas delegation delegation was enabled to give Grover able, of mea.snring Gov. Hill, Mr. Meade and mv.Hclf had .several : interviews with him at the Palmer I House, and he impresse.l us both, , as an earnest and able worker for ' jMr. Cleveland—and he certainly ! rendered invalnahle service to the j ' Democratic cause, in bridging over I ¡the difficulties existing between ; Tammany Hall, andthe New ; York Deniocracv, both at Chicago , and in the subsc'quent canvass in | the state. That he is an aspiring i and ambitious man, no one who j ever saw him can doubt—and even ! at Chicago it was remarked: | wonder Hill is so zealous, seeing that he will fall heir to Grover’s old shoes.” But he struck me more as a ])oli- pun- tician tlian a statesman. I meinher on (ino oocnsion,' during | our brief interviews, something was said about tl.e labor vote, and somcdouid was expressed about Cleveland’s carrying it, even . should he receive the nomination, To tins (lovernor Hill replied sub- lu inif! \iu>trmui J 1.111 itpiuv* fiu'-i— Btantially: “I reckon yon people down in Texas haven’t such things yet, but in all our large cities we have what is called the labor vote. This is for the most part controlled with money, and I guess we have ; as much money to buy it with as e republicans have.” After this little speech, Meade id I were thoroughly satisfied at Governor Hill knew what he the republicans have.” and that was talking about; and that if he did not hav’C his thumb on the i throttle v»lve of the maebinc in! WwVork lieeerHinlvst.KRiverv New lOlK, lit (ericlini \ .loonitiv close to the man who did. i And this is the very thing that' makes him a dangerous factor in tlie next presidential race. Of course, no one believes outside of himself, and probably a few per- sonal friends, that he stands tlio ghost of a chance for the Democratic Democratic nomination—and whether his ambition is greater to have, himself nominated or to defeat tin* nomination of Glcvcland, can not he told. Blit that lu' ajipcars at present*to hold the key to the: Democratic situation is ‘generally | conceded; it is to he feared that | his attem[)t to dictate terms to the j convention will destroy all hope | of the selection of Mr. Cleveland ; as onr standard hearer in 1892. i If, however, in the result, tlic | Democracy shall he forced to the j M'est for its leader, and the nation lose its greatest .statesiiian lot }>res -1 ideiit, the party may ; et triumph, j while New York will forever lose ; its prestige as the iiivotal state. ' J. N. Hexdkrsox. —■— ---- j BETTER THAX THEIR LAM/. ERS. I If it had not been noticeable be- fore,it was made so by the speeches of Henry Grady to Northern audiences, that even the rcpiibli-i can people there are far better than their radical leaders, and it is only surprising that it had not, been seen and acknowledged be- fore. .Secession, however coiisti-i tutional, necessarily brought on war, by a law that runs through all human conditions—self preser- vation, from which governments are not excepted. This again was naturally followed b\' animosities between the jiarties thereto. But in this instance, the arguments, }iri) and con, were so evenly hal-; anced as almost to forbid a pro-1 longed animosity after the war had ceased, nor would it have been so iirolonged, had it not been for tlie jiolitico-radieal loaders. who made it the study of their lives to keo]) up the hatred that! the war itself had hardly engen- ilered,between the white peiqtle of the two sections, and by still more I disgraceful methods, stirring up ' wrath among the negroes towards their old southern masters. This charge is no more true of the mean-' est officers and expectants of that: party—indeed even le.ss so,than of; its great moguls; mo.st of whom are now'dead, only to have been i succeeded bv a few men of even |

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