The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, August 18, 1905, Page 16, Image 16

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The Commoner.
than the free silver delusion which
wis its chief and almost only con
spicuous feature in the campaign of
1890 thero would bo little or no rea
son to give attention now either to it
or to the activities of the irrepressi
ble agitator and solf-seeker who -personifies
it to the public thought. But
it connotes much more than that. Bry
anism today includes practically all
the elements of discontent, reasonable
and unreasonable in the country.
And these aro many. There is dis
satisfaction with the inequitable dis
tribution of wealth, with the enor
mous aggregations of capital, with
the increasing difficulty encountered
by the ordinary man in acquiring a
competence, with the methods by
which corporate power is exercised,
with the increase of the cost of liv
ing that seems disproportionate to the
increase in wages, with the service
given by steam and electric railroads,
lighting and telephone companies and
the other corporations that do busi
ness under public franchise.
"How much of this dissatisfaction
is reasonable and how much unrea
sonable, it is needless now to at
tempt to .decide. The fact that there
is all this discontent is what should
for the present chiefly concern us.
Tlie existence of it gives an alluring
opportunity to a man like Mr. Bryan.
He has amply demonstrated his un
usual qualities as a leader of the dis
contented, as a magnet for the concen
tration of all the voting force of the
opposition to conditions as they are.
It was only by great effort and at
enormous cost that ho was defeated
in 189G; and the much greater ease
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with which defeat was last year ad
ministered to thoso who wrested the
nominal control of the democratic
party from him gave a patent nega
tive proof of his practical superiority
as a political personality. Ho is a
man who accepts no overthrow as
final, but ever rises again to the con
test, evon exuberantly. He is appar
ently preparing now for another bout
with the established order, and the
material is waiting from which he
may marshal his forces.
"He has, retained with perhaps but
little diminution from past campaigns,
a personal following that is by no
means inconsiderable; he has the
winning qualities and the proselyt
ing zeal that can vastly increase that
following if he again comes before
the people as in any f way a duly ac
credited knight in opposition with his
lance couched. On a platform of anti
monopoly, anti-graft, . anti-extravagance,
anti-protection and of general
government ownership of all public
utilities, with all that such a plat
form could be made to seem to prom
ise ih the way of lower cost of living,
reduced taxes and more equitable dis
tribution of wealth, he might suc
ceed, as perhaps no other man now
prominent in our country could, in
solidifying all the forces of discon
tent into a formidable army. And it
looks as if he were now patiently and
persistently aiming at just that end.
There are indications that he is quiet
ly taking possession of the democratic
organization in the more important
states a task that the present gela
tinous condition of the party makes
easy and his appearance as the next
democratic presidential candidate is
at least a contingency to be kept in
"Wo may say, of course, that there
are too many uncertainties involved
in tho unknowable political develop
ments of the next three years to make
prediction at this time possible; we
may say that in any event Bryanism
as a concentration of all the elements
of discontent in an assault at the polls
on the established order is rather a
remote threat than an impending dan
ger. This is perfectly true. Yet we
must consider that when such a dan
ger does become immediately impend
ing it may be too mte to escape it
and that the sui'est method of protec
tion is to begin betimes to avert tho
threat. We can not afford to let the
wreckers begin their plans of attack
much sooner than we begin our plans
of salvation. In this as in many other
contests there is not a little advan
tage in the start.
"In this view of the possibilities of
the future the duty of the republican
party, now in unrestricted control at
all essential points throughout tho
country, to show an energetically
progressive and reforming spirit be
comes as clear as if it were written
on tablets of stone by omniscience it
self. If the republicans will lindfir-
take an honest and thorough study
of the causes of discontent in the
country, with a view to ending such
of it as is reasonable, if they will push
to the very last limit the movement
for breaking up the lawless monopo
lies in industry, commerce and trans
portation, if they will adjust the al
ways necessary tariff burden morn
equitably, if they will reorganize the
public service on a basis of greater
economy, integrity and efficiency, if
thoy will give us bettor railroad laws
or better enforcement of them and
either reciprocity treaties or other ar
rangements for letting us into our
own in the foreign markets, the re
mote threat of a revived and strenehli.
ened Bryanism may never develop into
an impending menace. If they do not,
they may find themselves in 1908
confronted by a vastly stronger oppo
sition than they encountered in 1904
perhaps by an even stronger oppo
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European travels, Lectures, Speeches
By William J. Bryan
A New Book
Under Other Flags
This book is a compilation of Mr. Bryan's reports, describing his Euro
pean tour and a number of his most popular lectures. His European letters
aro fourteen in number, descriptive of the tariff rebato in England, Ireland
jwiu nor .ueauers, jvrancc and Her People, Tho Switzerland Republic, uor
many and Socialism, Russia and Her Czar, "Tolstoy, tho Apostle of Love,
together with other and equally Interesting accounts of Mr. Bryan's trip
Tho Thanksgiving Day Address delivered by Mr. Bryan at the banquot
given by the American Society of London, Nov. 26, 1903, is printed in full.
Tho lotters from Cuba, written by Mr. Bryan, aro reproduced in this volumo.
The address entitled "Patriotism" delivered by Mr. Bryan at tho banquet
given by tho Cuban veterans to Governor General Wood is herein reproduced.
Mr. Bryan's articles describing his first visit to Mexico also appears in
"Under Other Flags." An artlclo written by Mr. Bryan describing his sec
ond visit to Mexico is another featuro of this volume. ,
"A Conquering Nation" is the title of a lecture delivered by Mr. Bryan
at a number of chautauquas, and that lecture appears in full In "Under Other
Flags." Othor articles aro as follows: "The Attractions of Farming; an
address entitled "Peace." which address was delivered by Mr. Bryan before
tho Holland Society in New York City, in January, 1904; Mr. Bryan's re
sponse to tho committee appointed to notify him of his nomination to tho presi
dency, and which response was entitled "Imperialism," and was delivered ai
Indianapolis, August 8. 1900; Mr. Bryan's speech at tho St. Louis Cmvon
on in seconding Senator Cockreli's nomination, which speech was entitled
Havo Kept tho Faith." 17
ionnAn,,tract from a speech delivered by Mr. Bryan in Denver, January n.
1899, which spoech was entitled "Naboth's Vineyard," also appears In tms
All of Mr. Bryan's most popular lectures appear in "Under Other Flags.
One xf these lectures is entitled "Democracy's Appeal to Culture," and was
dolivored before tho Alumni Association of Syracuse University, in Now "ions
City, January 27, 1905. Another is tho well known lecture entitled ino
value of an Ideal." ,. ,..,
"Under Other Flngs" is well printed on good paper, and substantial!)
bound. The sale of this volumo has been very gratifying. 11 . n0.v
Although tho first edition appeared in December, tho fifth edition is now
ready for delivery. Tho volumo of sales increases from day to day. Agenw
und tho book an easy sollor and order them in lots of from 25 to 100.
Neatly Bound in Cloth 400 Page Octavo
Under Other Flags, Postage Prepaid
wiui xne commoner One Year
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