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MAT 20, 1905
plan of organization to tho end that
real democracy may soon prevail.
Noah L. Van Doren, Burket, Ind.
It affords me great pleasure to sign
a pledge of this kind, as I am a demo
crat whoso principle is based on the
platforms of 1896 and 1900. I have
always attended them as far as health
would permit and I expect to do all
I can in the future to advance the in
terest of the common people.
John E. Coughlin, Minneapolis,
Minn. I desire to strongly endorse
the primary pledge movement as ad
vocated bv the editor of The Com
moner, because if there is any way to
get the proper feeling in a party,
regarding national issues, it .is the
outspoken thoughts of the rank and
file; then too, it brings the party
"back to the people," where it prop
erly belongs, and not in the hands of
political bosses and Wall Street dicta
tors. I will do all in my power to
influence my neighbors and friends to
sign the pledge, because it is a step m
the right direction. Enclosed you
will find pledges written by my father
W. H. Taylor, merchant, Exeter,
Neb. As a democrat who always at
tends primaries and county and state
conventions, when possible; as one
of the "original Bryan men;" as one
whoso pleasant duty it was to intro
duce Mr. Bryan to one of his first
political audience in Nebraska, an
audience consisting of not over two
dozen people; as one who is proud of
the fact that when Mr. Bryan was
first elected to congress, I wrote a
New York paper saying Nebraska had
just sent a young man to Washington
his name is W. J. Bryan; keep your
eye on him, if he lives you will hear
from him;" as one whose privilege It
was to represent the democracy o
Nebraska's Fourth Congressional dis
trict at Kansas City in 1900 when Wil
liam Jennings Bryan was unanimously
nominated our standard bearer; and
as one who believes that most of the
corruption in politics is chargeable to
failure of honest voters to attend pri
maries and county conventions, I can
cheerfully subscribe to the within
J. W. Mitchell, Greenville, 111. I
think all genuine democrats should
sign this pledge and aid-in bringing
about the reforms advocated by W. J.
G. W. Leach, Bethany, Mo. En
closed find primary pledge duly signed
which I heartily endorse. I will do all
I can to get my neighbors interested
in attending every democratic pri
mary. J. W. Morgan, Starke, Fla Signed
pledge enclosed. I am reading with
interest, the various words of com
mendation, of the plan, as appearing
in each issue of The Commoner.
Speaking of re-organization, the term
to me seems misapplied. The party
of the people is organized all right,
hut the rank and file have carelessly
allowed a few demo-republicans to
steer the good old craft into treach
erous waters, where she would have
gone down to oblivion as they intend
ed had not the people been roused in
time. Let's every man jack of us,
help to get the party back to her true
course, as recharted and mapped out
so well in 1896-1900 We can roll
up a victory that will overflow into
half the republican strongholds of the
A. G. Porter, Secretary Democratic
Committee, Milan, Mo. I most heart
ily endorse the primary pledge plan,
and will endeavor to do all I can in
helping the grand old democratic prin
ciples win in 1908.
Geo. B. Jordan, Adel, la. Enclosed
find my primary pledge. I am heart
ily in favor of the plan.
E. Harvey, Boscobel, Wis. Enclosed
pledge duly signed. I am in favor of
honest democratic principles.
William Goodyear, Colfax, Wash.
I have been so busy advocating the
merits of the primary election pledge
to others that I have neglected to
send in my own, but now enclose it
with tho signatures of a number of
loyal democrats. Tho merits of tho
plan are obvious to every man who
wants the democratic party to bo the
party of tho people in fact as well as
in theory. If every democrat will go
to the primaries there will be no hu
miliating fight in the next national
convention to secure a declaration for
fundamental democratic principles.
The platform will be framed in ac
cordance with the wishes of the rank
and file of the party and not to suit
the pleasure of a small coterie of am
bitious leaders who are democrats for
pie not for principle. It will be
framed with a view of receiving tho
support and arousing the enthusiasm
of the voters, by frankly declaring for
the reforms which they know are
needed and for the policies which
they believe will benefit the people
and not with a view of securing a big
campaign fund from undemocratic
sources with which to manufacture en
thusiasm. Money manufactured en
thusiasm fails to enthuse or get out
the vote, ag was proved in the last
campaign. Priscilla, the Puritan maid
en, sounded the key note of the argu
ment for attending the nrimarlea
when she sjiid to John Alden: "Why
don't you speak for yourself, John?"
Let every democrat speak for himself
at the primaries and the nartv will
immediately become a positive force,
relying lor victory upon the -merits
of its cause instead of remaining a
negative quality trying to squeeze into
power by imitating the republicans
so closely that the people cannot distinguish-
between them. May God
bless you in your noblo and patriotic
H. H. Hamilton, Berlin, Green Lake
county, Wis. Your plan for organiza
tion is good. I 'am with you heart and
E.X3. Hicks. Sidney. Mont. I believe
the plan an excellent one and hope
every democrat will do his duty and
attend the primaries.
AFTER MANY DAYS
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the measured pace set by the roll of
the far-off drum. The morning's feel
ing of dread was forgotten and many
strangers turned to see the gray-
haired, erect and proud looking man
who fell into line by the side of the
widow who was known to them all.
No one saluted the color with
more reverence than this soldier of
the gray. No one paid more atten
tion to the solemn ritual of the Grand
Army of the Republic as it was read
over the graves of the men whom
he had once met in the deatn grapple.
And when the decorating squad made
its rounds the Virginian saw to it
that heaps of blushing roses and
wreaths of green were added to the
heap of violets and sweet-williams
that rested above the two lowly
mounds that marked the last resting
place of father and son.
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afternoon of pleasure to the Virginian
so far away from the loved soil of
the Old Dominion, and ever and
anon his eyes gazed upon the little
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gave assurance that even with hus
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turned to give a soldier's salute to
the old flag that still rippled and
waved from the Hall staff in front of
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