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VOLUME 4TNUMBER 21.
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Nebraska State Democratic Convention,
The democratic convontion for Ne
braska met at Omaha, Wednesday,
Juno 1. Referring to that convention,
the Omaha World-Horald said:
"In ona of the most harmonious, en
thusiastic and hopeful conventions
ovor hold in Nobraska, the democracy
of the state yesterday elected as dele
gates to the national convention the
mon whose names are given below,
and adoptod a platform which deals
unequivocally and comprehensively
with national questions, besides be
ing, in tho language of Mr. Bryan, "so
plain that he who runs may read."
,Thc dolegates are unlnstructed, but
thoy will vote under the unit rule.
Democrats camo out in force from al
most every county in tho stato to bo
present at the convention, though it
had no offlccs to dispose of, because
thoy are dcoply interested in the fight
which Is to bo waged in tho St. Louis
convontion, and in tho subsequent
campaign in which the decisive battle
will be fought at the polls in Novem
ber." The convention unanimously adopt
ed a platform which is reproduced and
commontod upon in another column
ot this issue.
Delegates and alternates to the na
tional convention wore elected as fol
lows: Delegntes-at-largo, William J. Bry
an, Lancaster; W. H. Thompson, Hall;
C. J. Smyth, Douglas; G. W. Phillips,
Alternates-at-largo, J. A. Cowper
thwalte, Holt; J. M. Gilchrist, Dou
glas; H. T. Ward, Johnson; H. C.
Honorary altornates-at-large, Thom
as Ashford, jr., Dakota; Dr. Harvey
First district, delegates, J. A. Mc
Gulrc, Lancaster; Frank Morgan,
First district, alternates, Logan En-i
yeart, Otoe; D. L. Groenflold, Pawnee.
Second district, dologatos, J.rA.
Crelghton, Douglas; W. H. Do Franco,'
Second district, alternates, Howard
Whitney, Sarpy Dr. J. P.. -Clark,
Third district, dolegates, J. G. Beste,
Cedar; D. V. Stovons, Dodge.
Third district, alternates, W. H.
Green, Knox; Pat Gloeson, Burt.
Fourth district, delegates, C. D.
Casper, Butlor; Dr. C. P. Fall, Gago.
. Fourth district, alternates, C. W.
Nunomakor, Saline; Thomas Hena
Fifth district, dolegates, J. 0. Walk
er, Clay; Dr. J. D. England, Kearnoy.
Fifth district, alternates, E. C. Case,
Frontier; H. W, Risloy, Hall.
Sixth district, - delegates, T. J.
O'Koofo, Box Butte; J. J. Wilson, Cus
ter. Sixth district, alternates, C. F.
Spencer, Dawson; X. Piasecki, How
ard. For national committeeman, James
C. Dahlman, Douglas.
After Mr. Bryan, who had been
clioson as chairman of tho resolutions
committee, presented tho platform tho
presiding ofllcor suggested that Mr.
Bryan address tho convention in sup
port of tho platform. Mr. Bryan re
sponded. After tho adoption of tho
platform, Edgar Howard, a member
of the resolutions committee, pre
sented to the convontion tho follow
ing addition to tho resolutions, in tho
preparation of which ho said Mr. Bry
an had had no voice:
"Tho democracy of Nobraska heralds
to the democracy of the nation its
Constipation and Flatulmcy
Cured in a day with Dralco'a Palmetto Wine.
Bvory reader of this paper should send postal
card for frco trial bottle to Drake Formula
steadfast respect for, confidence in
and loyalty to Nebraska's great cham
pion of pure democratic principles,
and bids him godspeed in his splendid
efforts to prevent tho national organi
zation from falling under the baneful
control of the enemies of the real
This resolution was unanimously
adopted. Mr. Bryan was then elected
a delegate at largo by acclamation. In
response to calls he addressed the
convention, thanking the delegates for
the honor they had conferred upon
William H. Thompson of Grand Isl
and, C. J. Smyth of Omaha, and G.
W. Phillips of Columbus were chosen
delegates at large. Messrs. Smyth,
Thompson and Phillips, responding to
calls, addressed tho convention,
thanking it for tho honor conferred
The resolutions committee con
sisted of Mr. Bryan, A. C. Shallenbor
gor of Harlan, J. H. Miles of Richard
son, Joseph Oberfoldor of Sidney, I.
J. Dunn of Douglas, H. M. Weiss of
Thayer and E. Howard of Platte.
Along toward the close 'of Its pro
ceedings the convention had the pleas
ure of listening to a speech from Dr.
Harvey Link of Millard. Dr. Link s
a venerable democrat who lived in An
drew Jackson's day, and who, from
that time to this, has taken his dem
ocracy straight. Mr. Bryan availed
himself of an opportunity to honor
Dr. Link by proposing him for hon
orary alternate delegate at largo to
tho national convention.
The convention was called to order
at 2:35 o'clock by Dr. P. L. Hall of
Lincoln, chairman of tho state com
mittee. H. H. Hanks of Otoe was
named for temporary chairman. Mr.
Hanks spoke as follows: ,
"In all the history of our country
there never was a time of greater
need for tho application of the true
democratic principles.' A time when
the commercial spirit knows no
bounds; a time when the republican
party is dazed drunken with power;
'a time when tho producer is robbed
and the consumer feels the "hand of
oppression; a time when the doors of
opportunity aro being closed to indi
vidual enterprise; a time when the
people are being led by party spirit
to betray the vital principles of their
government; a time when the people
need protection and not the trusts; a
time when republican presidents feign
prosecution of the trusts; a time
when a Roosevelt should be replaced
by an Andrew Jackson chosen from
the ranks of the democratic party; a
time when the democratic party should
be brave enough to reaffirm the prin
ciples of tho Kansas City platform.
"Our government today does not
exist as our forefathers had planned.
The 'captains of industry.' who corner
tho markets of the world, have been
honored and praised by a republican
president, but has he had a word of
tribute for the self-sacrinclng produc
ers of our country? I would sing the
praises of tho great army of people
who in both times of war and peace
will defend the basic principles of our
government. I would sing the praises
of tho farmers, who raise tho corn and
the wheat and tho vegetables and sell
them at another man's price, and sel
dom possess a dishonest dollar.
"There is no Lincoln republican
party in this state. Tho name of Lin
coln has been dropped from tho
vocabulary of the repu oilcan speaker
and is obsolete in the literature of tho
republican party. The republican par
ty of Nebraska is of tho railroad, for
tho railroad and by tno railroad Dem
ocracy must be the synonym for lib
erty, justice and equal itv. or tim
'star-spangled banner' will not con
tinue 'to wave o'er the land of the
free and the home of the brave.' Pres
ident Roosevelt would prosecute one
trust to fool tho American people and
leave the rest alone to hold the 'cap
tains of industry.' A secretary of
state does not represent the sentiment
of the American people who worships
at the shrine of a foreign aristocracy.
"Trusts are a menace to individual
prosperity. They stand as barriers
across the pathway of progress. They
destroy the opportunities of the young
men of our country. They increase the
wealth of the few and make dependent
tho masses of tho people. Let tho prin
ciples of democracy be applied, and
the avenues of success will be open to
"I believe in competition, the main
spring to industrial freedom. I am op
posed to letting our party become the
tool of the trusts. The manhood of
our country cannot afford to do the
bidding of the trust magnate. Indi
vidual liberty must not be blighted.
Money must not be placed above man
hood. We cannot afford to measure
our success or manhood by financial
gain. That ideal is wrong. The draw
ing of large campaign funds from the
trust is corrupting, and makes a will
ing tool out of men or parties who
"I believe that some of these days
the young men of our country will
strike back; that they will rise as one
man, and in the might of their man
hood will defend the rights of their
opportunities against the greed of the
"A democratic platform should
mean something, and should handle
the trust question openly and fear
lessly. There should be no imitation
of republican platforms; no meaning
less or vague planks, and the man
looking for truth and something def
inite should find it in the St. Louis
platform. Such a platform should de-t
mand the united support of our party'
and deserve the support of republicans
who place the welfare of their country
"The trust should find no protection
under the tariff. If the 'Iowa idea,'
which sounds a little democratic, is a
good thing, why shouldn't there be
embodied in our laws a tariff reform
drawn from the very foundation of
democracy? Our protective tariff to
day is radical, and special interests
are enjoying this benefit because they
wcro willing to defray the expense of
a large campaign fund. The produc
tion of our country far exceeds our
consumption, and for the benefit of
our foreign markets there should be
"The principles of our independence
are sacred. I regret that it is neces
sary at this time to make a defense
for them. I would it were not true.
True greatness does not consist in our
larre armies or strong navies, but in
the moral conduct of this mighty re
public. "Nations are not born to die. In
God's calendar their days are not
numbered. But so far as we drift
from the moral and fundamental prin
ciples given to us by the fathers, so
great will be our trouble and disaster,
because wo are out of harmony with
the principles of right living. A few
months ago I was talking with a man
who had lost a son in the Philippines
and he said: 'Hanks, for thirty years
I have been a republican. I have
helped to elect republican congress
men, governors, senators and presi
dents, but for them I have cast my
last vote. I wouldn't have given my
boy for all the Philippine islands.'
No, my friend, you wouldn't have
given your brother or son for all tho
rS nf a." the seas. My friends ou?
republic m the past has been a light
and a beacon of hope to the down
trodden everywhere. What of the fu
ture? Shall we turn, back? Shall the
people of our country lose hope, cour
age and at last vice and dollar be tho
only impulse that will quicken tho
heartbeat of the republic? In Cuba
there is peace and good will; in the
Philippines there is war and hatred
for the American people. Tell the
Philippines we coins to bring peace,
not a sword; tell them we come to
break shackles, not to forge them; tell
them we como to inavo free, not to
enslave, and they will give us a wel
come hand and a glad heart. Sup
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