Items of Interest

The New York state convention of the Democratic party was held June 5 and elected 72 delegates to the Kansas City convention instructed to work and vote for the nomination of Mr. Bryan for president. The platform adopted contains no re-affirmation of the Chicago platform of 1896, but a declaration that the party in the state will support the platform of the Kansas City convention. The platform declares against war taxes in time of peace; declares for parity of gold and silver as currency; demands abolition of all customs and tariffs between Porto Rico and the United States; condemns trusts and monopolies and entangling alliances; demands just and liberal pension laws and election of United States Senators by the people, and favors the nomination of W. J. Bryan.

Up to June 8, twenty-four states had held Democratic conventions; of these twenty-two, representing 456 delegates, have in structed for Bryan. Maryland and New Jersey are unpledged, the former having sixteen and the latter twenty delegates. Bryan now lacks only thirty instructed votes of having a majority of the convention delegates. The convention will be composed of 930 delegates and as many alternates. Under the two-thirds rule, however, a rule which has been enforced in Democratic national conventions for nearly forty years, the nominee for President or Vice President must receive two-thirds of the entire vote given. Bryan therefore lacks 184 votes of a nomination on the basis of instructed delegates.

Testimonial Meeting in Tremont Temple
June 14, 1900

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