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DECEMBER 29, 1905
and to make his power lastingly felt.
That was why he (Mr. Bryan) ad
mired 'Mr. Fukuzawa so much and
came to do honor to the memory of
the "Great Commoner." In so doing
he wanted to illustrate what he was
going to say by making a reference
to cloisonne, the art of producing
which had reached the highest de
gree of perfection in Japan. Clois
onne had attracted his attention; he
had visited one of its factories; and
he was going to take home a clois
onne vase as a souvenir of his visit.
But to proceed. He had had occasion
to make a speech on "civilization."
Civilization was a word that every
body used; but har'dly anybody seemed
to know what it meant. He had looked
into books to see what others had to
say about civilization; but in none of
them had he found a satisfactory defin
ition of the word. The speaker there
fore proposed to give a definition of
his own; ana it 'was this: "Civil
ization is the harmonious development
of the human race, physically, mentally
and morally." To raise the civiliza
tion of a country the body, the mind
and the heart must contribute each
its own force in harmonious co-operation.
Here Mr. Bryan sought a simile in
a barrel of apples. There might be
good and bad apples in the barrel; the
good ones enhanced and the bad ones
lowered the value of the barrel, which
therefore, to be of good value should
contain uniformly good fruit. So with
civilization. But in civilization the
heart formed the most important fac
tor. He did not mean here the physi
cal organ called the heart, but man's
moral nature, the spiritual man in
man. It went without saying that to
accomplish anything a man must be
endowed with a strong constitution,
and the physical development of the
body was a matter of great import
ance. But the body alone, however
well developed, was not enough to
make man a civilized being. Animals
had bodies; man must have some
thing more, namely mind. Mind
stood infinitely higher than body, and
schools were the place where young
people had their minds developed.
Hence the importance of education.
But to be a truly enlightened being a
man needed more than mind and
body. A man might be great in both
and yet be a very bad man. All knew
that a steam engine was a product
of high intellect and possessed great
powers; but without an engineer to
direct its course, it could only be a
destructive force. A man developed
only physically and mentally was in
a similar way liable to be a mere de
structive being. Conseauently he
needed the moral force to guide him
in his conduct, to make him into a
being with a good purpose. Now as
to the illustration promised. The
speaker saw the artist make his cloi
sonne vase. First of all there was a
Plain metallic vase the body. The
artist drew fine figures of wire on the
vase, and they represented the plan,
the purpose of his work. Then
came the filliner of enamels the mor
al qualities. But the vase still looked
rough; but 'after polishing (educa
tion) there emerged a grand work of
art unrivalled for its beauty and ele
gance. So with civilization individ
ual and national; in all high civiliza
tion there must be the harmonious de
velopment of body, mind and heart.
Mr. Bryan next expressed his pleas
ure at having had, the occasion of vis
iting a school which was the legacy
2f so illustrious a founder as Mr.
fukuzawa and of speaking before the
young men who were being educated
under the undying iuliueuce of the
Great Commoner." He had already
spoken before the boys and girls of
other schools. The faces of all these
students, including those of Kcio-gi-jiku,
deeply impressed him they
were those of vigorous health, bud
ding intellect and earnest heart earn
estness and enthusiasm everywhere.
The memory of those faces hr sum
should never leave his mind. He un
derstood it was in the immediate
neighborhood of where he was stand
ing that the first public speech, as
such, in Japan was made. Public
speech added to the well-being of a
nation. Through it, peoples spoke
from heart to heart. History was in
a sense a record of spoken words, and
through its pages Demosthenes,
Cicero, Burke, Pitt, Mirabeau, Webs
ter, Henry Clay, Patrick Henry spoke,
inspiring generation after generation
with noble thoughts and lofty aims.
Public speaking inspires young men
with elevated ideals and led them to
action. Webster 'once said that elo
quence came from action and action
from heart; stirring words influenced
the people. The speaker felt a strange
influence, standing as he was on the
spot where the first public speech was
uttered in Japan. He hoped that when
he again visited Japan he would stand
side by side with some of the students
before him, who fired by the glorious
recollection of the past would have
risen to speak words of influence to
the public. "I bid God-speed to the
glory and greatness of Japan. I do
not think Japan could become so
great as to do us harm. He lived in
Nebraska and he always wished his
neighbors to become great, because
greatness brought with it its blessings.
The truth was the same with nations
as with individuals. Build high walls
of tariff you might all around your
nniint.rv! huh thev could be no bar-
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rier to the inflow of the mnuence oi
good acts, and on the introduction of
good influence no customs tax would
be imposed. Thus went on the ex
change of good things between na
tions, and Japan was very welcome
to grow great, especially as her peo
ple were noted for being adepts in
absorbing the good of other countries.
He was asked the other day by a cer
tain Japanese to tell the latter the
worst thing he found in Japan, so
that the Japanese might profit by his
observations. He thought the idea
surauce Magnate Ryan for tho pur
pose of putting an end to insurance
exposures. The Journal's dispatch
"New York, Nov. 22. Inauninr-o
scandals are cropping out in the po
litical fight between, Chairman Odell,
of the state republican committee, and
Senator Piatt. The 'easy boss' is be
ing backed by President Roosevelt,
who has taken a hand under tho direc
tion of Thomas F. Ryan, tho Insurance
"Tho insurance end of the financial
and political trust is angry at Odell
because of his legislative committee
exposing financial and political depra
vity in the community of interests
headed by the insurance trust. They
blame this committee and Attorney
Hughes for their exposure, hence Odell
must be dethroned. The state machin
ery, with the legislature, the city
aldermen, must be controlled by tho
community of interest trust. Piatt is
heading Uie move for the combine.
"Governor Higgins, a millionaire
with social ambitions, has been called
to Washington, had a four hours' din
ner with the president and Postmaster
General Cortelyou, who is chairman
of the republican national committee.
Higgins has always been an Odell
man and has aided in exposing insur-
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this and shield the gang is a matter
of inquiry and speculation. He is
charged with being withjn reach of
the federal bid. He's to be ambassa
dor or something at the hands of the
president as the price for stopping
the insurance investigation. Possibly
consul general to England, succeeding
Wynne, or most anything he will take
at the end of his term as governor.
But he must remain in the job as gov
ernor and close out the insurance in
vestigation and cover up tho organized
came of nolltical and commercial
crookedness before he gets his price
from the federal pot.
"The whole affair grows out of a de
termination of Ryan to stop insurance
exposures. The public has been al
lowed to know entirely too much.
Ryan puts Piatt in the lead and brings
to bear all strings forming part of
the combine as operated in the last
three years, electing United States
senators, appointing United States
judges, regulating what shall be done
in various legislatures and in con
gress, it is a ugnc 10 kuuji uiu mi
was a beautiful one, hut he told his on t'ie jn8Urance and political trust
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Contain nothing injurious. '
Qnd faults in other countries; he was
coing ahout to pick up as much good
as he could nna in loruiB" "iu "
which his own country did not pos-
Mr Bryan concluded his speech hy
most' feelingly thanking his audience
for the enthusiastic reception and he
earnest attention they had given him,
hnf not before he Intimated the fact
that he had since his arrival in Tokio
bought a little Japanese flag and one
of his own country, which he pro
nosed to Take home and display them
whenever he had a Japanese visitor
Z lhouse to show that the Japa
fanTthe Americans are fHends.
At the conclusion of lii Weec"i
wWchlastol about thirty minutes, and
miiPd forth repeated applause mi.
San was given three lust y -bangj.
Sflead being taken hy Mr Ka mada.
Shortly afterward he diove, aw
amidst more roars v
IS THIS THE BEGINNING OF THE
The Kansas City Journal, a repuh
.ii ner. printed in its issue of
November 23, a strange dispatch, un
der date of New Yoric, iNovemuct .
JL i called a "strange" dispatch be
cause of its publication in a newspa
Per wmch is supposed to be a stalwart
epublican organ and its Plahx effort
to show that Mr. Roosevelt has allied
bimselT with Senator Piatt and In-
Chairman Odell seems to be putting
up a hard fight; says of course he will
win; but it is hard to see how he can
defeat Piatt, Roosevelt, Ryan and the
community of interests with its wide
spread ramifications. Odell is relying
on publicity to arouse the people to
resent the scheme. He feels that with
a correct understanding of the issue
the public will demand full Informa
tion on insurance matters, demand lid
off the not of depravity and punish
ment for trust lawlessness. The insur
ance officials hope to defeat punisn
ment at the hands of the committee
and Jerome by choking off Odell and
THE PERFECT WOMAN
"Who ever saw a perfect man?"
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consequently the statement of the
revivalist was received with silence.
The revivalist continued: "Who ever
saw a Reject woman?" At this junc
ture a tall, thin woman arose. Do
you mean to say, madam," the evan
gelist asked, "that you have seen a
Stfpnf woman?" "Well, I can't just
,, vmf t Tinvf seen her." tl
Jrr "hut I have heard a powerful
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