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A Big Time at Dalton - 1896

Posted: 18 Apr 2004 3:27PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 May 2005 8:15PM GMT
Surnames: Caton, Atherton, Gordon, Dempsey, Sisk, Bell, Devers, Bryan, Sewall, Watson
A BIG TIME AT DALTON

ONE OF THE LARGEST MEETINGS OF THE CAMPAIGN HELD THERE ON TUESDAY

Two Hundred Ladies and Gentlemen Mounted on Horseback and Many on Foot in the Parade

SOUND MONEY CLUB ORGANIZED.

Special to The Bee.

Dalton, Ky., Oct. 14th, 1896.

Tuesday was a day of demonstration and rejoicing at Dalton in this county, and the demonstration was made by the sound money advocates with the assistance of three excellent speakers and a brass band. The speakers were Hon. Chas. H. CATON, of Illinois, in the afternoon, and Hon. P.L. ATHERTON and Hon. W.L. GORDON at night. Mr. ATHERTON was billed to speak in the afternoon with Mr. CATON, but was unable to reach Dalton in time.
The people came in from all directions. Madisonville and Earlington were represented and a number came from Caldwell county.
Mr. J.F. DEMPSEY also spoke the same night in SISK's factory to less than a hundred men, a man who saw says fifty or sixty, and his audience came almost in a body to the sound money meeting in time to hear Mr. GORDON's speech which they listened to throughout.
Interrupters of the afternoon meeting were completely silenced by Mr. CATON's ready replies. He told them to keep quiet and they might possibly learn something, and was roundly cheered by ladies and all.
It is estimated that Mr. CATON spoke to from 800 to 1,000 people in the afternoon in BELL's factory which had been prepared and handsomely decorated for this special occasion. Many, of course, did not remain for the evening meeting but it was still a fine audience of goodly numbers, dignified by the presence of many ladies, that listened to Mr. ATHERTON and Mr. GORDON. After the evening meeting a sound money club of 137 members was organized.
The parade at 1 o'clock was quite pretentious. There were about 200 ladies and gentlemen mounted on horseback, and many walking, all headed by the St. Charles Cornet Band; and marshalled by Mr. John DEVERS, Grand Marshal of the day. Twenty ladies were mounted and in costume and there was a profusion of flags and patriotism.
The Republicans and sound-money Democrats are eminently satisfied with this good days' work and will add many more names to their club. Nothing could have been asked better than the speaking that was furnished, as was evinced by the excellent attention given these three strong speakers.
It looked like a circus day at the county seat. You never saw so many people, and all to hear sound money speakers. On all sides you could hear: "Did you ever see such a crowd?" and "Where did they come from?" and "No sound money people about here, eh?"
The thing with two tails was there.
At the head of the parade was a man who represented BRYAN mounted on a tremendous mule. Just behind him on either side were two other men mounted on small mules and representing SEWALL and WATSON.
Two leaders of the free-silver men climbed to the loft in the afternoon and listened to Mr. CATON from a point where they could not be seen. (Source: Earlington Bee, Thur., Oct. 15, 1896)

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