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About The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923 | View Entire Issue (Aug. 10, 1906)
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WILLIAM J. BRYAN, EDITOR AND PROPRIETOR -
Lincoln, Nebraska, August 10, 1906
Vol. .6. No. 30
Whole Number 290
Mr. BltYA2f's ItETTIOt
Message to Illinois Dkmocbats
Is This a Squaee Deal?
Corey telk "Defender"
Illinois Contest at St. Louis
Evolution oi' Language
Pertinent Political Pointers
Comment on Current Topics
Whether Common or Not
News or the Week
" "STAND PAT" DEFINED
TheXincoln (Nebraska) Journal (Rep.) says:
"Thus it comes to pass that a 'standpatter in
Iowa and in other states as well is now generally
understood to he a man who opposes any radical
' change in existing institutions. Because of inertia,
or ingrained conservatism, or his personal rela
tions, he is willing to allow Interests with a
cinch to hold on to their advantage indefinitely."
But what about the "stand pat" edict from
"Stand pat" is the republican policy for 1908.
How may one "stand by Roosevelt" without
Yet this republican paper tell3 us that to
"stand pat" means to show a willingness "to al
low interests with a cinch to hold on to their
This is a valuable hint. It is a complete
definition by republican authority.
A "DOLLAR PUT IT BACK FUND"
Mr. Roosevelt has forwarded one dollar for
the republican campaign fund. Republican news
papers are pointing to this as an excellent ex
ample. It is an excellent example when the presi
dent seeks to encourage his party to depend upon
campaign funds provided by the people rather
than by the corporations.
But the president may set another good ex
ample. Let him call upon Postmaster General
Cortelyou, who is also chairman of the republican
national committee, to state just how many hun
dred thousand dollars of money embezzled from
the insurance policy holders found their way into
the coffers of the republican party.
Then when the sum has been determined up
on, let Mr. Roosevelt suggest that the republican
party "put it back" and call upon the rank and
file of the party to contribute dollar donations to
It might be called "The Dollar Put It Back
Republican leaders certainly do not expect
the people to forget these stolen funds.
Newspaper dispatches announce that Secre
tary of .War Taft and Speaker Cannon will go to
Maine to take the stump in favor of the re-election
of Representative Littlefield against whom
the American Federation of Labor is making a
Taft and Cannon will speak for Littlefield on
the labor question, but who will speak for Taft
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"WE STAND PAT!"
Mr. Bryan's Thirtieth Letter
The boat schedules and they can not bo
ignored on the Palestine coast compelled us to
reserve Galilee for the conclusion of our tour,
and it was not an Inappropriate ending, for while
Jerusalem was the scene of the crucifixion and
ascension, the greater part of Christ's life wa3
spent in Galilee, and it was there that "most of
His mighty works were done." Nor Is its history
confined to the New Testament, for It has its
Carmel, associated with the life of Elijah, and
Mount Tabor where Deborah's victory was won.
Haifa, the seaport of Galilee, is built along the
front of Carmel on the edge of a bay which the
mountain helps to form, for Carmel instead of
being a peak, Is really a long ridge, but a few
hundred feet in height, jutting out into the sea
at tfiis point and extending several miles to the
southeast. A Roman Catholic monastery is
erected over a cvq overlooking the Mediter
ranean, where Elijah Is said to have lived.
To thn north of Carmel lies the plain of
Esdraelou through which the Kishon river flows.
The road to Nazareth follows the south side of
this valley to a point some seven miles from the
shore where the hills of Galilee approach so near
to Carmel as to leave but a narrow pass for the
river. Here the road crosses over to the north
side of the valley, and for the remainder of the
distance winds upward over the hills giving a
commanding view of Esdraelon. The upper part
of the plain Is as beautiful a country as can bo
Imagined well watered, fertile and thoroughly
cultivated. The land is not held in severalty as
in America but by communities. The cultivators
live in villages built at intervals around the edge
of the valley, and the land is apportioned each
year by the village chief, no one receiving the
same tract two years In succession. As wo
looked down upon the valley we could distinguish
the different allotments as they lay In long strips
of equal width. Wheat is the chief product of
the valley, although there are a few olive orch
ards, and the mulberry tree is being planted. Oxen
are the animals usually employed in cultivation,
but we occasionally saw a horse and an ox yoked
together or a camel and an ox, and onco a camel .
and a donkey,
Jezreel is on this plain, at the foot of Mount
Gilboa where the middle plain connects with the
plain leading down to the Jordan between Gilboa.
and Little Hermon. This Is historic ground, for
it was here at a great spring which flows out
from under Gilboa that Gideon selected his gal
The village of Nazareth, nestling among the
hills of Galilee, must always be a place of su
preme interest to the Christian. Its locationfas--'
probably determined by the presence her.
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