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Description: Montgomery Man Has Not Drank Water in 40 Years;
The State Convention
Newspaper published in: Hartselle, AL
Source: Madison Co. Library, Huntsville, AL
Page/Column: Page 2, Columns 1 & 2
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Montgomery has a man living within her limits, who has not drank water in forty years, nor any other substitute. He never is thirsty, never gets hungry or sleepy, and only eats to sustain life. At one period he slept only one hour, all told in seven months. Yet he is fairly robust and quite an active business man. His name is S. W. Berthman.
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THE STATE CONVENTION
The Largest Attendance in the History of the State
Thos. C. Jones Montgomery’s Favorite Son Nominated for Governor
The Brainiest Body of Men that ever Assembled in a Convention
All Differences Settled With the Convention
A full Account of the Convention
The Democratic State Convention convened in Montgomery on Wednesday May 28th. It was called to order by Hon. H. C. Tompkins the Chairman of the State Executive Committee who made a most eloquent address stating that he hoped that the body would be conservative and harmonious and the Democratic Party would go forward hand in hand. He predicted a grand victory in 1892, when Grover Cleveland would be nominated. He named as temporary chairman Col. Wm. Denson of Gadsden. This distinguished gentleman was introduced and he delivered a well-time address on the work of the convention. There being three contested delegations from the counties of Shelby, Chilton and Lee, the convention did not get to business until Thursday at 5 o’clock, when the committee on Credentials made their report seating R. W. Cobb delegation of Shelby, and H. C. Armstrong delegation of Lee, the Chilton delegation made a compromise.
The discussion on the contested delegation were quite long and interesting. The contested delegations being settled the convention then proceeded with business. The committee on permanent organization made their report recommending the temporary officers for permanent officers.
NOMINATIONS IN ORDER
The chairman appointed a committee on platform and resolutions, after which he stated nominations were in order.
Mr. Jefferson Faulkner, of Montgomery, placed in nomination Col. Thomas G. Jones.
Mr. G. L. Comer, of Barbour, placed in nomination R. F. Kolb.
Mr. E. L. Russell, of Mobile, placed in nomination Capt. Jos. F. Johnston of Jefferson.
Mr. W. H. Denson, of Etowah, (Mr. Knox, of Calhoun, in the chair,) placed in nomination Capt. James Crook, of Calhoun.
Mr. Samuel Blackwell of Morgan placed in nomination Hon. Wm. Richardson, of Madison.
The nominations being closed the convention proceeded to ballot. Three ballots were cast and the convention adjourned until Friday morning at 9:30.
FRIDAY MORNING SESSION
The convention assembled Friday morning at 9:30, and the convention proceeded to ballot, ten ballots were cast and the convention adjourned until 2:30 p.m. The convention resumed balloting and 14 ballots were cast after which the convention adjourned until 8 o’clock.
FRIDAY NIGHT SESSION
The convention assembled at 8 o’clock and the balloting began again in dead earnest, six ballots were cast but no nomination for Governor was made. The convention adjourned until Saturday morning at 9 o’clock.
The State Convention re-assembled pursuant to adjournment. At 9:45 o’clock the convention was called to order and opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. M. B. Wharton.
It was early noised abroad that a nomination would be made on the first ballot. This raised the interest to a fever beat and it was a packed and eager house that Chairman Denson called to order at 9:30 o’clock. The excitement was suppressed, but intense. Thought the rumor was abroad that Jones was to be the man to measure swords with the champion of the farmers, it was not certainly known.
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THE ROLL CALL WAS COMPLETED
and Jones was nominated, unless the challenged counties could give enough gain to overcome his lead. Calhoun announced that she had settled her difference in the family and gave nine to Jones, two to Kolb, a gain of two for the latter. All challenges were then settled and withdrawn except that of Montgomery. Lee had been challenged on the ground that the delegation was not entitled to any seat at all, but this was ruled out as an adjudicated question.
Faulkner of Montgomery then took the floor to maintain the right of the chairman of the Montgomery delegation to cast the vote of the county as a unit under instruction to that end by the county convention. He was answered by two of the delegates who wanted to break away, one of them being, he said, “old Tom McCullough of beat 15, and had lived there for forty years.”
J. P. Oliver of Tallapoosa also spoke eloquently for the right of each man to vote as he pleased. The chair ruled that instruction to cast the whole as a unit must be obeyed, and the vote was recorded 17 for Jones.
Mayor Hard of Bessemer had gone from Johnson to Kolb, but at this juncture changed to Jones, saying he desired to stand with the delegation.
Then came the ground-swell and where great politics was played. The crowds in the lobby and every member of the convention awaited with breathless interest. The iron was hot and a pin drop could have been heard. Then the crowd knew that on
THE GREAT SCENE
of the convention of 1890 was being rolled up. Mr. Dique, who waited his opportunity, said he wanted the vote of Etowah changed solidly to Thos. G. Jones. The excitement which had been suppressed so long could be restrained no longer, and such applause and such cheers as were never before heard in a gathering in Alabama, shook the building. The yells rolled out gathering force until they died away in the woods of Elmore County. The chair was powerless to do anything. He might as well have tried to reason maniacs out of insanity. Hats went high in the air, ladies in the galleries pounded their fans to pieces, and from many a fair had a white handkerchief, emblematic of the peace and harmony which now prevails in the Democratic ranks was floating in the breeze.
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The ballot showed 274 for Jones, 252 for Kolb. Kolb had gained ten votes from Crook and three from Richardson, and one by fractions that belonged really to nobody in particular. The antis had come within a vote of their estimates, which was 273. The ballot, however, was never announced for before the clerks could foot it up
HENRY CLAYTON TOOK THE FLOOR
to withdraw Kolb and moved to make the nomination of Jones unanimous. This he did in the best speech of the entire convention, whether it be observed from the standpoint of its delivery or its splendid sentiment of both personal and political fidelity. He said:
“I have stood by Reuben F. Kolb in great political contests ever since I was 21 years of age; I have stood with him when he was chairman of the congressional committee of the third congressional district; I have stood by his side and fought the battle of pure democracy in Barbour county, when he was a member of that county executive committee and fought under his banner as chairman of our beat and executive committee of beat 5 of Barbour county. I have stood by him, Mr. Chairman, when I was a boy in the dark days of 1874. I have seen that man single and alone in the city election in Eufaula dare do what no other man in that city dared to do. His democracy has been challenged in other places, but Mr. Chairman of the county executive committee of Barbour County, I say there exists to-day no better democrat on the face of God’s green earth than Reuben Kolb of Barbour, (Great applause.)
This has been a bitter contest, Mr. Chairman. Reuben F. Kolb has fought it manfully. He is every inch a man. Charges have been brought against him, but the loyal support of nearly one-half of the organized democracy of Alabama
SPEAKS IN THUNDER TONES
of the good estimate put upon him by a large following of the democracy of our state. (Applause.)
Mr. Chairman, I now ask leave of this convention to withdraw the name of as sound a democrat as ever fought under the banner of the democracy. I withdraw the name of Reuben F. Kolb, and move to make the nomination of Col. Thomas G. Jones unanimous.
Clayton was cheered to the echo, and when he ceased J. P. Oliver seconded his motion to make the nomination unanimous. The convention went wild when this motion was adopted, and went wild again when the committee, who had been sent for the nominee, came in with Col. Thomas G. Jones.
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[Lengthy acceptance speech by Col. Thomas G. Jones.]
[Address of Hon. R. F. Kolb.]
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[Speech of Captain Johnston.]
[Speech of Judge Richardson.]
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The convention assembled at 3 o’clock and proceeded to nominate a secretary of state.
J. D. Barron was put in nomination by Calhoun and J. B. Stanley by Butler County.
The first ballot resulted 288 for Barron and 238 for Stanley, and Barron was declared the nominee.
For auditor and treasurer, Cyrus D. Hogue and John L. Cobbs, the present incumbents, respectively, were nominated by acclimation.
For attorney-general Russell County nominated Lyman W. Martin, Fayette County nominated Daniel Collier and Jackson County nominated W. L. Martin, the present incumbent.
The first ballot resulted: W. L. Martin, 208; L. W. Martin, 115; Daniel Collier, 203. During the second ballot Lyman Martin of Russell was withdraw and W. L. Martin of Jackson was nominated by a vote of 318 3-5, Collier receiving 207 2-5.
THE LINES WERE DRAWN
pretty closely between the Kolb and anti-Kolb force, the former for Collier.
The committee to select an executive committee here made its report as follows:
State at large—G. B. Clarke of Mobile, H. C. Tompkins of Montgomery, E. T. Taliaferro of Jefferson, J. D. Roquemore of Montgomery.
First district—D. R. Burgess of Mobile, John H. Minge of Marengo, Isaac Grant of Clarke.
Second district—J. N. Arrington of Montgomery, D. D. Hall of Baldwin, R. E. Steiner of Butler.
Third district—T. L. Frazer of Lee, H. D. Clayton of Barbour, B. M. Stevens of Coffee.
Fourth district—Alfred M. Tunstall of Hale, L. E. Dawson of Wilcox, Shirley Bragg of Lowndes.
Fifth district—Hugh M. Wilson of Tallapoosa, W. M. Lackey of Clay, John A. Holmes of Elmore.
Sixth district—J. J. Altman of Jefferson, W. D. Windom of Pickens, J. P. McQueen of Greene.
Seventh district—John B. Knox of Calhoun, C. C. Whitson of Talladega, J. H. Disque of Etowah.
Eighth district—R. A. McClellan of Limestone, H. A. Skeggs of Morgan, William I. Bullock of Franklin.
The report of the committee was unanimously adopted.
The following nominations were made for
SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION
Malcom C. Burke, by Mobile County.
Carlisle, by Barbour.
Solomen Palmer, by Marshall.
J. C. Harris, by Sumter.
C. W. Brown, by Morgan.
The first ballot resulted: Burke 101 ¼, Carlisle 98 2/4, Palmer 141 ¼, Harris 145 1/4 and Brown 39 ¼.
After the third ballot Mr Blackwell of Morgan withdrew the name of C. W. Brown.
After the fifth ballot Burke was withdrawn. He had lost steadily, Palmer and Carlisle growing all the while.
Carlisle was withdrawn during the seventh ballot.
The issue came down to Palmer and Harris, the Kolb vote going almost solidly to Harris. The result was: Harris, 291 ½; Palmer 234, and the former was declared the nominee.