August Meyer, president of the United Labor Party. New York Times 28 July 1887

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August Meyer, president of the United Labor Party. New York Times 28 July 1887 - CAPTURED BY SOCIALISTS IRE RED PL AG RULES J3T...
CAPTURED BY SOCIALISTS IRE RED PL AG RULES J3T A LABOR ASS0CIA2J0X. A BITTEB OOJtTEST nt WHICH THl FOSXtOW XLEMEHT PRE V AILED AXD ELECTED ITS DELEGATES. The United Labor Party in the Tenth Assembly District, one of tbe hotbeds of SoeieJiam. had a struggle witb tbe Soelaliatie element tor Supremacy last evening, aad. to use a popular phraae, got damped. Tbe United Labor Party AaaociaUon of tae district held a meeting at 197 Eaat Foojta-atreet Foojta-atreet Foojta-atreet to elect delegates to tbe Syracuse Coaventlon. The Socialists have of lata been Jolnlag tbe aaaociation in great numbers, numbers, and yesterday all the delegates were present, present, and to make aura of a victory that tbey already already foreeaw tbey denied admission to every one who eoald not show a card of membership or be vouched for by aome one present. August Meyer, tbe President, occupied tbe chair, and aooa a letter was read from the County General Executive Committee, stating that membership tn tbe Social Labor Party would not disqualify a man from Joining tbo United Labor Party. Tbe Chairman thereupon remarked tbat be would not press a decision tbat be bad made at a former meeting, and wonld withdraw from tbe chair for tbe evening. Vice-Pre Vice-Pre Vice-Pre sldeat Goldsmith then took tbe chair, aad soon tbe annennoement was made tbat tbe meeting waa ready to go into an election of delegates delegates to tbe Syrerase Convention. Thereupon tba Socialists nonfinaied 6bevitch. editor of tbe Yotksatitmg : Grusnlund. tbe Socialist lecturer, and Max Boehm. a well-iaeanlng well-iaeanlng well-iaeanlng but vain youth of the Cnlted Labor element, who smiled all over at the compliment paid htm by Socialism. The United Labor men putin nomination several of tbeir men, amsng them August Meyer, who, however, decline! to run. Mr. Boeder, a German-American, German-American, German-American, born In this city, remarked tbat this was a movement of tbe Socialists to capture the parry. Tbe chair hammered hammered him down with tbe gavel, and then Meyer asked Shevltcb whether be was a resident of this city. - Yea.- Yea.- replied tha latter. " I have been told that yon live ln Jersey," continued Meyer, and then Mr. Shevltcb replied that he bad lived tn Honoken last Winter. A delegate here remarked that Sbevlteh waa not a cltisen of this State; that he bad joined the party only two weeks ago, and that it was time to stop tbe incursion of strangers wbo override the old residents and niemtiers of tbe district. He did nut think that Mr. Shevttch voted in this city last Fall Mr. Schevitch replied tbat he had voted in New. York, and then Mr. Meyer declared that he had beard Sherltch aay that he was sorry be could not vote for Henry George at the last campaign because be was not a resident of this State. Mr. Shevltcb however Insisted tbat he had voted here, and Chairman Goldsmith declared declared Meyer out of order. " Is It proper for a clique to hold a caucus, and make up a slate for delegates V excitedly asked a delegate. The Chair hammered away and ordered bim to sit down. Tbe Socialists held a caucus and deelded to nominate Sheviteh. Groenlund, and Boehm," continued the delegate. Chairman Goldsmith continued poundingawsy with tbe gavel and then tbe Socialist Secretary delivered a harangue ln which be qualified tbe charges against tbe Socialists aa unmitigated Lies. There wss a long wrangle ever tbe election of tollers, and then Max Boehm declared that he waa Insulted by being called a Socialist. He entered the contest as a freelance. Well, pay up your dues before you run,' ejaculated Boeder. " That's another insult," roared Boehm. Here Delegate Boer rose and said : With due regard to Mr. Boehm, who ia a hard worker, he is being used as a tall to tbe Booialieuo kite by Sbevlteh and Groenlund." Boehm Jumped upon his chair almost frothing, and then tears stood ln his eyes as he declared that this was tbe third insult, and asked for tbe protection of the Chair. The Chair gave what protection be could br pounding on the table. Delegate Soedler said be hoped aome recognition recognition would be given to an American wbo was born a' d brought up in tbe city, and wbo would support the Stars and Stripes, and tbat everything everything aboold not be monopolized by the Socialist. Socialist. The Socialists moved for a recess of five minutes minutes to prepare the ballots, but when Mr. Sbevlteh opposed tbe motion tbe chair coincided with bim. Tbe balloting was then begun, and, when all tbe ballots bad been thrown Into the hat, one of the tellers declared that 140 votes had been cast, and tbat there waa not that number in the room. The delegates were counted and there were 114 present. A number had gone out after depositing their ballots and several contended contended tbat tbe remainder bad gone away. The taller, however, demanded a new vote, as be waa aura that a handful of ballots bad been eaat by aome oae. A long wrangle and numerous motions and Sotnte ot order ensued, and then the Socialists eeided to ballot again. The opposition demanded demanded tbat the votes be counted, but a new vote waa determined on. and 87 ballota were east. Shevltcb received 75 votes, Groenlund 72, and Boehm 68. ana tney were declared elected. Hardly any of tbe United Labor Party men voted tbe second time. They intend to contest tbe second election as illegal

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