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Page 328 of Grover Cleveland, the man and the statesman : an authorized biography (vol. 1) / by Robert McElroy.

GROVER CLEVELAND out the state and beyond. When the Snap Convention assembled, a committee headed by Mr. Fairchild ap- peared with another spirited protest against the pro- ceeding. And when this protest too was unheeded, they at once carried out their contingent instructions to issue a call for a state convention, to be held at Syracuse in May, in order that a contesting New York delegation might find ready supporters when the National Conven- tion should assemble. While the Hill-Murphy clans were gathering at Albany, Cleveland was starting for Ann Arbor to make the XWashington's Birthday address to the students of the University of Michigan. It was his desire to make the trip as unostentatiously as possible, but his political sponsors thought otherwise, and arranged for a special train, with all the camp following of an ex-President con- templating a speedy abbreviation of the title. In the cars adjoining his was the standard collection of politicians, who passed the time in gloomy predictions regarding the pending fate of their leader at the hands of machine men, protective tariff men, silver men, pen- sion men, and other especially horrific enemies, and who gravely prophesied with reference to the chances of Hill. Fresh in their minds was the memory of Mr. Cleveland's recent "injudicious" attack upon free silver, and of Hill's "imore politic" utterances; and it was the general opinion that "the old man's done for." One said, "I begged him not to write that anti-silver letter, but he would do it, and it has killed him. It has caused such a split that nothing can be done." But upon the platform at Ann Arbor the next day Mr. Cleveland showed that something could be done. He delivered a speech on "The Character of George Wash- ington" which threw a flood of light upon the character 328

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