Paris, Mo, Banner was Thrust in Buckner’s Face
at Fayette, Next Station
30 1896—Generals Palmer and Buckner arrived at Paris, Mo.
This morning, on their trip through Missouri, and were met at
the station by 500 persons. It proved an unwelcome greeting,
and the party was compelled to pull out without accomplishing
the candidates stood on the rear platform, with their heads
bared, a crowd of young men pushed up with a big Bryan banner
and raised it under the noses of the generals.
at the McKinley aid society!”
at the last fling, Gen Buckner pointed at the banner and said:
me tell you who and what constituted the McKinley aid society.
In 1892, on a sound money platform, we elected Grover
Cleveland, but the last elections in Missouri, Illinois,
Kentucky and Ohio were disastrous, because country shouters
with your heresies, drove the party to failure and contempt.
Hold up the banner. There is the emblem of the McKinley aid
society Look at it.”
train had to pull out to get away from the banner carriers.
Many in the crowd expressed regret at the occurrence.
Fayette Generals Palmer and Buckner received even worse
treatment than at Paris, and for a time violence was
threatened. The party was greeted by a howling mob, which
seemed bent on causing trouble from the moment the train
stopped. No sooner had the two generals emerged upon the car
platform than a Bryan banner bearing the inscription
“Fayette Democratic Club” was thrust into Gen. Palmer’s
face by its bearer.
citizen named Williams tried to urge peace and the gold men
rallied and rushed the Bryan banner back. This only made
disturbers more ugly.
man tried to punch Gen. Buckner with a flagpole and Williams
seized it and the crowd rushed upon him and began beating him.
The rioters then tried to get at the generals and strike them
with their banners. Scores of men fought bitterly around the
car, and women were pushed about and knocked down, and many
blows were exchanged.
old farmer climbed on to the rear end of the car and shouted:
are carrying Missouri for McKinley!”
was pulled down by the crowd.
five minutes of fighting, screaming and tooting of horns, the
train pulled out without the candidates even trying to make a