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MR. BRYAN ON THE ISSUES OF THE DAY
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cents and a quarter over and, over
and over ajgain."
"BUt," his friend says, "what does
she do with so much money?" -
He says: "I don't know. I ain't
give her none yet."
The line on this trust question is
drawn. The democrats have a doc
trine and the republicans have a-doctrine.
The democrats say a private mon
opoly is indefensible and intoler
able. The democrats say that .God
never , made a man good enough , to
stand at the head of a private mon
opoly. The democrats say that the
law should make it impossible for' a
private monopoly to exist in the, Uni
ted States. That is our doctrine.,. .
"What is the republican doctrine?
Why, that they must be .regulatedand
restrained and restricted, and we have
had ten years now of regulation, re
striction and restraint and we have as
many trusts as we had when they com
menced. How long will it take to settle the
trust question at the rate we are now
going? Well, I have made a nice" cal
culation. I have figured that if "we
proceed at exactly the same rate T?e
have been going for ten years no
faster, no slower that in about one
thousand years the republican party
will reach a point where it will be will
ing to ask a little more time.
Why, I read a speech made -by a
republican in which he said that in
the long run in the long run the
.trusts would die themselves. In the
long run! ' '
But what if a fellow is short winded
and can't stand a long run? , ;". .
Will a trust rob you all its life, Und
then will you sit and wait for it to die?
Suppose you see a burglar getting
Into your house; what would you do?
But the republicans would say, "Don't
bother him. Don't bother him. There
is a chance he may die of heart fail
ure just as he goes to steal."
Why don't they destroy the trusts?
Because the trusts buy immunity by
their campaign contributions. They
bought it last time and when the dem
ocrats tried to get a bill through to
investigate campaign contributions the
republicans didn't dare to pass the
bill. When they had an investigation
outside of congress they brought out
the facts that enormous sums were
contributed taken from the, widow
and orphan for whom a life insurance
policy was written in order to carry
the republican campaigns.
I think I understand now why they
called me a dangerous man in '96.
They said J. wouldn't enforce the law.
The trouble was they were afraid I
would enforce the law and they
were not prepared to have the law
enforced. These men have been pur
chasing immunity, and if you want to
know how difficult it is to regulate
the trusts when you permit them to
live, let mo tell you that in. the cam-i
paign of '96, when I received six mil-
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lion and a half votes and when people
showed -more interest in the election
than they had shown in a quarter of
a century, we were only able to collect
for our national committee a sum less
than one-half million dollars to carry
on the campaign, while Rockefeller
alone can give ten times that sum from
the profits of his trust that are se
cured to him by the election of repub
licans to office.
How are you going tp regulate
trusts when a few trusts can give a
hundred times as much to a campaign
fund as you can collect from all the
people who believe in the doctrine of.
equal rights to all and special privi
leges to none?
The only thing to do is to extermin
ate the private monopoly, root- and
branch, and not permit one to live
anywhere in the United States.
That is the only protection the peo
ple have. My friends, if you. don't
know what "the trusts" means' now,
I hardly see how it is possible to in
form you. If you read the papers you
have had ,the chance to see what the
trust magnates themselves have said.
The best illustration of trust methodb
we have ever had is the illustration
given us by young Rockefeller. A
beautiful illustration. He says that
as you can only bring the American
Beauty rose to perfection by pinching
off ninety-nine buds that the strength
of the bush may flow into the one
hundredth one, so you can only bring
a great industrial enterprise to per
fection 'by pinching off the smaller and
How- simple the process! Just
pinch them off so easy. You have
seen it done.. I am just old-fashioned
enough to think it is better to have
one hundred roses, giving perfume to
one hundred homes than to have
just one rose a great big one In one
splendid home and tho restpf the peo
pie without flowers. What do you think
friends? I am just old-fashioned
enough to think it is better to have
tens of thousands and hundreds of
thousands of independent industries
giving hope and ambition to thousands
who. work with them than to have a
few gigantic industries exploiting the
country and reaching them by the tax
ing power as the owners transmit in
dependent wealth from generation to
generation. Here is the line drawn.
On which side, are you? The demo
crats believe dn exterminating the
trusts; the-republicans believe In reg
ulating, restraining and restrict
Well, we are told that the president
gained a good deal of popularity by
getting a rate- bill through, Yes, I
am glad he did, I am willing to
praise him, but where did he get his
Inspiration? From a democratic plat
form, where all good things come
Let me give you a bit of history.
Six years ago last July a man came up
to the door of my house in a carriage.
He introduced himself and said he
was a clerk in the office of the inter
state commerce commission. He drew
out a little slip of paper on which was
a plank that he wanted inserted
in our platform. It was in favor of
enlarging the scope of the interstate
commerce commission. He said that
he had been to Chicago, that he
had tried to get it into the republican
platform and had failed, and that he
came to Nebraska to see if I could help
him to 'get it into the democratic
platform at Kansas City. I. showed
him & draft of the platform that was
under consideration and showed him
a plank on that subject. He read it
and said that was all right, put his
own plank In his pocket and went
away. He had tried to get that plank
in the Republican platform and had
failed. ' We had it before ho asked for
it, and when the president wanted to
do something he found the inspiration
in the democratic platform. v
wen, what about the bill in tho
senate? '.They wanted somebody to
manage it. Why didn't they get a
republican? Because the republican
leaders didn't want it passed. They
were against it. Thoy put it in the
hands of a democrat in order to make
it odious to republicans and make it
appear as a democratic measure. And
to what democrat did they give it?
They gave it to the one democrat who
was not invited to the White House
to the one man who was not on good
terms with the president. Yes, re
publicans, your republican leaders
tried to humiliate a republican presi
dent by putting his pet measure into
the hands of the one man in the sen
ate who was not invited to the White
House and would not go there. When
did you ever have such an experience
as that before? And yet they say wo
must stand by the president because
of what he did on the rate bill.
Why, my friends, in the senate that
bill was improved by amendments
proposed by democrats. Senator
Stone, of your state, proposed one of
the most important amendments. It
restored the criminal clause of the in
terstate commerce law. And why was
it necessary to restore it? Because
a republican senate, house and presi
dent had stricken it out of that inter
state commerce law four years before.
Senator Stone proposed an amend
ment reinstating it. After a while a
republican did the same thing and
when they went to vote on the amend
ments Senator Stone's amendment
was so much better than the republi
can amendment that it was accepted.
Senator Culberson of Texas pro
posed an amendment prohibiting
passes, an important amendment, and
it was carried. Two democratic
amendments made important 'provi
sions in the bill. Senator LaFollette,
a reform republican, proposed nine
amendments; seven of them had been
indorsed by the interstate commerce
commision, but they were voted down
by tne republicans, aitnougn me aem-
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