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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-
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