Call Down the Hawk - the Bryan Factor

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Trafford Publishing, 2004 - Fiction - 255 pages
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In June of 1912 delegates to the Democratic national convention arrived in Baltimore to find an oppressive humidity and the best opportunity in sixteen long years to unseat the Republicans from the presidency. Two weeks before, the Republican convention in Chicago had come apart with the walk out of Teddy Roosevelt and his Bull Moose faction. It essentially would have two candidates, Roosevelt and President Taft. Major hopefuls for the Democratic nomination, were Champ Clark of Missouri, Judson Harmon, Ohio, Oscar Underwood, Mississippi and Woodrow Wilson, New Jersey. There were also, in the event of a deadlock, and no way to be described as a dark horse, the three times party nominee, William Jennings Bryan.

Seth Cane, a small town Oklahoma lawyer and son of the late wealthy and powerful Texas rancher, Warren Cane, arrived in Baltimore as a member of the Oklahoma delegation. He was tired and irritable being a few days late because of his wife having just left him with hints of making it permanent. He found himself immediately involved with Bryan's strategy to throw the gauntlet in the face of Tammany Boss, Charles Murphy and his plans to spike Bryan's guns. The battle, for which Bryan told the press he was sending home for his fighting clothes to stop the "reactionary" Judge Alton B. Parker from being the temporary chairman and key note speaker, was the first shot that would escalate into fist fighting in the aisles, intemperate threats against Bryan's life, hints of a possible Bull Moose type of walk out and devastation in the view of all candidates of a deadlock allowing Bryan to again stampede the convention into his fourth nomination.

 

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Contents

AUTHORS NOTE
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CHAPTER 1
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CHAPTER 2
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CHAPTER 3
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CHAPTER 4
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CHAPTER 5
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CHAPTER 6
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CHAPTER 7
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CHAPTER 27
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CHAPTER 28
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CHAPTER 29
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CHAPTER 30
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CHAPTER 31
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CHAPTER 32
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CHAPTER 33
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CHAPTER 34
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CHAPTER 8
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CHAPTER 9
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CHAPTER 10
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CHAPTER 11
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CHAPTER 12
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CHAPTER 13
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CHAPTER 14
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CHAPTER 15
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CHAPTER 16
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CHAPTER 17
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CHAPTER 18
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CHAPTER 19
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CHAPTER 20
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CHAPTER 21
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CHAPTER 22
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CHAPTER 23
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CHAPTER 24
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CHAPTER 25
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CHAPTER 26
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CHAPTER 35
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CHAPTER 36
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CHAPTER 37
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CHAPTER 38
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CHAPTER 39
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CHAPTER 40
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CHAPTER 41
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CHAPTER 42
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CHAPTER 43
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CHAPTER 44
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CHAPTER 45
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CHAPTER 46
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CHAPTER 47
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CHAPTER 48
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CHAPTER 49
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CHAPTER 50
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CHAPTER 51
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About the author (2004)

Richard Folmar lives in Santa Fe, N.M. He is a veteran of WW. II and post war Korea. He has a Masters in political science and is retired as Asst. Director of the N.M. Legislative Council Service, a research and bill drafting agency. In addition to several research publications, and contributions to a textbook on N.M. Government, he had two freelance articles published in Empire Magazine of the Denver Post. CALL DOWN THE HAWK is the first of three historical novels pertaining to Seth Cane and the Commoner, William J. Bryan in the years 1912-1915.

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