I don't know exactly, but Wall street and free silver had something to do with it.
The materials on free silver are mentioned in the note to chapter XIV, below.
This decline resulted politically in the famous Bryan "free silver" campaign.
After the election of 1892 free silver captured the Populist organization.
free silver orators were telling the farmers that under a gold standard no factory could run.
Several of those who had been elected as Republicans were free silver men.
The leading occupation of its members now seemed to be the advocacy of free silver and the denunciation of President Cleveland.
What you fellows need down here is not free silver, but free water.
Mr. Wolcott, did you not tell the people of the United States that free silver over there meant anarchy and lost confidence?
When the election was held that fall, the free silver motion was overwhelmingly defeated and killed.