The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, May 04, 1906, Page 6, Image 6

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The Commoner.
Indian newspapers received recently show
that in India as elsewhere on his travels Mr.
Bryan received cordial reception. The Indian
Mirror, published at Calcutta, in its issue of
March 9 prints a long editorial paying high com
pliment to Mr. Bryan, and congratulates the peo
ple of India upon the fact that Mr. Bryan is mak
ing observations in their country, the publication
of which can not but bo of advantage to the
- observed.
"Tho Ad vocal o of India," published at Bora
bay, in lis issue of March 24, pays a high tribute
to Mr. Bryan and reminds the people of Bombay
that they should no'c miss tho opportunity of
making his acquaintance, saying: "The points
of view from which Mr. Bryan may be admired
are various and many."
In i( issue of March 27 "Tho Times of Bom
bay" prints the , following editorial:
"The arrival in Bombay yesterday of Mr.
William Jennings Bryan, the leader of the great
democratic party of the United Sta'tes, is an event
of singular interest. Mr. Bryan needs no intro
duction to the citi.ens of Bombay. His fame is
already world-wide. He has twice been nominat
ed as candidate for the presidency of the United
States; and 1 hough he was not successful, he en
joys the complete confidence of millions of his
follow'countrymen, and he is young enough to
try again. The issues of American politics are
no direct concern of Bombay; it is enough for
this city to know that Mr. Bryan is one of the
greatest of living Americans, to make it glad
to have him in its midst. It welcomes him be
cause his visit typifies and represents that in
tense interest in India and its people which is
so characterstic of modern America. That in
terest is all the more appreciated because it pro
ceeds from no other motive than a deep and sym
pathetic regard for the natives of India, and froip
a desire to kiiow them better, and to study the
system of administration under which they live.
It is a fact that during the last year or two the
number of American travelers visiting India has
probably exceeded those of any nationality-Cuier
than British; and. thin fpt is oiiiy one indication
of that ea'trer Ir.uiination to Iea"rn more of India
wMni. ; at once dlscoverea by any visitor, to the
united States from this country. Mr. Bryan is
understood to look with some misgivings upon the
policy of expansion in the Pacific on which his .
mighty nation has now entered; but whatever may
J ,the principles to which he adheres, we trust
tnat in the vast machinery which represents
British rule in the India of today,, he will find some
features which may invite his approval.
"Mr. Bryan is not only a great American,
lie is also, by common consent, the greatest liv
ing orator in a nation of orators. He has con
ferred upon Bombay a welcome privilege in con
senting to deliver his famous address, 'The Prince
of Peace,' in the town hall this afternoon at G
o clock, ihe address has for its theme reflec
tions suggested by a visit to tho tomb of Napo
leon. Admission is free, and the only trouble
we fear is that even the town hall will not sufllco
to hold those who are 'eager to avail themselves
of Mr. Bryan's graceful acquiescence in the widely-expressed
wish that he should deliver a public
address in Bombay. As a speaker, his powers
are unique. Whatever views his hearers may be
gin by holding, he so grips them by his magnetic
personality and the intensity of his convictions,
that they invariably end by acknowledging the
power of his magic gift 6t silvern speech. If he
could gather the whole population of the United
States into one vast hall he would be elected
president by acclamation. None could say him
nay whatever they might think the next morn
ing. The man who can exercise this wonderful
gift is a man worth hearing, and in welcoming
Mr. Bryan among them, the citizens of Bombay
are grateful for the kindly feeling which has led
him to consent to 'address them."
In its issue of March 28, the Times, of India,
prints an account of Mr. Bryan's reception in
Bombay. This account follows:
"Bombay, Town 'Hall, in the course of its
history extending now for a period of three-quar-
ters of a century, has been the scene of many
historic and eventful gatherings, 'but it is doubt-.
ful whether any have been of a more interest
ing or unique character than the one which took
place last evening, when the spacious hall was
densely packed with citizens of Bombay, eager
to see and hear the great American democratic
leader, Mr. William Jennings Bryan. The audi
ence was cosmopolitan in the extreme. Ameri
cans, course, turned up in large numbers, and
while Englishmen were well to the fore, there
were also representatives from other European,
''countries. By far the large majority, however,
was composed of natives of India. The gather
ing was a striking testimony to the world-wide
usage of the English language, for those present
were English speaking people, and had assembled
together., to hear one of the greatest masters of
.qrator.v rtPiiv: anacTdTess" in "that language. The
personality of the man, no doubt, attracted niaiiy7
but the chief and predominating reason for the
attendance was the desire to listen 'to America's
foremost orator. At the outset it is safe to say
that those who had the good fortune to be present
received an intellectual treat.
"Long before the time for the meeting to
commence 6 o'clock the Town Hall was packedx
It is estimated that with those standing by the
windows and doors, there were quite three thou
sand persons present, and of these only a small
proportion were seated, the sides and back of
the hall being filled with people perfectly willing,
to put up with the discomfort of standing. The
hall was tastefully decorated with flags, promi
nent by the organ being the stars and stripes,
the union jack, and the Japanese national em
blem. At five minutes to six the Hon. Mr. Ful
ton, Sir Lawrence Jenkins and Dr. Mackichan
arrived and were warmly welcomed, and a miu
ute later Sir P. M. Mehta's entrance was tho
signal for a great ovation. Only a minute was
wanted for the hour when the American consul,
Mr. W. T. Fee, escorted the' distinguished visitor
on to the platform, tho audience according him
a splendid reception. Mr. Bryan was seated be
tween Dr. Mackichan and Sir Lawrence Jenkins.
In a few happily expressed sentences Dr. Macki
chan, who presided, introduced Mr. W. J. Bryan,
who then delivered his address on "The Prince
of Peace." Mr. Bryan spoke for exactly one hour,
and throughout the whole of his oration he had
the undivided attention of his audience. Those
who are best calculated to know, affirm that the
company last night was the largest ever gathered
within the Town Hall, and it consisted of divers
races and creeds. It consequently speaks much
for the magnetic influence of the man when it is
remembered that for one hour Mr. Bryan held
this varied gathering under the spell of his elo
quence, while he discoursed on a subject in which
at least two-thirds of those present could have
but little, if .any, sympathy. All listened with the
closest interest, and there was certainly much in
which all could agree. The happy epigrams, and
choice phrases in which Mr. Bryan gave voice
to those principles of -morality which are for tho
advancement of the brotherhood of man were
warmly applauded. by all sections of the audience.
Mr. Bryan possesses a clear and silvery voice
and every word was to be distinctly heard in tho
uttermost corners of the hall. At first he is slow
and quiet, but as he warms, into his subject and
becomes engaged in argument, he grows moro
vehement In manner and ends in a perfect tor
ment of words, well chosen and beautifully ex
pressed. His style never loses its deeply im
pressive character, and one feels that the man
is giving vent to feelings, right from the heart.
For once the audience really sees a man in earn
est, and the words carry conviction. A religious
address is, however, very different to a political
one, when men's passions are easily arbused, and
denunciation and invective of an opposite policy
command rounds of applause. Mr. Bryan had a
-tlifiicult task to fulfill. Following his. custom when
outside"S3nrjca he decided, -to leave politics se
verely alone, and'heconiined himself to an essen
tially religious topic. Many of those present
were of a totally different way of thinldng to the
great statesman, and that he succeeded in keep
ing all more than interested to the end can not
but be classed as a remarkable oratorical feat.
It was a brilliant speech, and freely acknowledged
by all so to be. At the conclusion the Hon. Mr.
Fulton suitably voiced the thanks of those pres
ent to Mr. Bryan and the proceedings "terminated.
Mr. Bryan will carry away from these shores
many pleasant memories of his present tour
through India, but one can confidently assert that
the remembrance of the wondefcful gathcing in
the Bombay Town Hall will long be treasured as
one of the happiest events of a memorable tour
by America's great democrat."
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