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The Commoner.
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VOL. 10, NO. 42
Lincoln, Nebraska, October 28, 1910
Whole Number 510
The Great Battle in Indiana
W. H. Blodgett, staff correspondent for tho
Indianapolis News, sent to his paper the fol
lowing dispatch:
Campaigning with W. J. Bryan, October 20,
This day will end Mr. Bryan's labors in In
diana in behalf of his personal friend and former
colleague on tho national ticket, John W. Kern.
Ho came into Indiana in Mr. Kern's behalf. Tho
first thing he said at Auburn was for Mr. Kern,
and tho last thing ho will say at Richmond this
evening .will bo for Mr. Kern. Today he made
speeches at Jamestown and New Ross and shook
hands and uttered a few words for his friend at
the stations between Indianapolis and Craw
fordsvillo. At the latter place he spoke at some
length, and then left for Richmond, where ho
will speak tonight, and the information he re
ceived before leaving Crawfordsvillo was that
the people of Richmond intend this evening to
emphasize their admiration for him by one of
tho biggest demonstrations the democrats ever
held in that city.
Mr. Bryan left Indianapolis at 8:15 o'clock
on a traction car on the Ben Hur line. He gave
no evidence of tho strenuous life he has been
leading for tho last week in Indiana and laughed
and joked with State Chairman Stokes Jackson,
who accompanied him to the car. When ho
entered the car the passengers stood up and
clapped their hands, a morning greeting, to
which Mr. Bryan bowed.
T. O. Beck, democratic chairman of Boone
county, started out with Mr. Bryan and left him
at Jamestown. Baz Merrill, democratic chair
man of Montgomery county, took the entire trip
from Indianapolis to Crawfordsville with Mr.
Bryan. At Jamestown the Crawfordsville re
ception committee, composed of Charles M. Mc
Cabe, Dr. I. A, Detchon, Dr. W. T. Gott, C. L.
Goodbar and G. H. D. Sutherland, publisher of
the Review, got on the car. Tho train stopped
at the outskirts of Crawfordsville at 10:30
o'clock and Mr. Bryan and the reception com
mittee were taken to tho Crawford hotel in
automobiles. At noon a luncheon was served
at the hotel in honor of Mr. Bryan.
The car was in charge of Stephen Ridlin, gen
eral passenger and freight agent, and ho saw to
it that there was no delay and that Mr. Bryan
did not suffer any inconvenience.
George Beck, of Richmond, democratic chair
man of Wayne county, joined Mr. Bryan at
Crawfordsville for the purpose of taking him
back to Richmond tonight. With Mr. Beck was
Master H. H. Johanning, a' rosy cheeked lad in
knickerbockers, declared by Mr. Beck to be ono
of the best politicians in Wayne county and who
has assisted the county committee In taking the
poll. Tho boy is a great admirer of Mr. Bryan
and was delighted at the opportunity of being
with him, and Mr. Bryan seemed well pleased
with tho friendship of the young politician from
tho county of Wayne.
Tho raw chilly air of tho morning did not
in any way interfero with tho outpouring of tho
people all along tho road from Indianapolis to
Crawfordsvillo. Tho fact that Mr. Bryan was
to pass over the road caused throngs of people
at every station, and at every point tho school
children wero out in largo numbers. At Pitts
boro ono youngster climbod on the rear of tho
car and shouted to Mr. Bryan, and tho com
moner waved his hat at tho boy as tho "car
pulled out.
Another good-sized crowd was at LIzton,
where Mr. Bryan stood on tho platform and
shook hands.
. A ten-minute stop was made at Jamestown,
and there Thomas O. Bock introduced Mr.
Bryan as "not only the greatest statesman but
tho greatest orator in tho world." Tho plat
form had been erected at tho end of tho, ticket
office, and from it Mr. Bryan spoke, wearing his
hat while ho did so. He said that in tho short
time ho had he could not be expected to live up
to tho introduction given him by tho chairman.
Ho spoko in favor of tho election of a senator
by popular vote and asked tho people to glvo
moro attention to national than to local issues.
The principal part of his Jamestown speech
was an eulogy of John W. Kern. "I know him
and I trust him," he said, "and when ho goes
to the United States senato what ho does there
will be as beneficial to tho peoplo of Nobraska
and tho peoplo of Indiana as it will be beneficial
to tho peoplo of the United States.
"Senator Boveridge calls himself a progressive,
but John W. Kern has been making progress
longer and on more subjects than Bevcridgo
has. There are many things for which Kern
has stood for a great many years that Bovoridgo
has now taken up."
-Mr. Bryan spoke briefly on tho tariff and
against central banks and declared that a cen
tral bank was tho worst kind of financial des
potism. In the crowd at Jamestown thero were an
unusual number of babies carried by their
At New Ross Mr. Bryan spoke from tho rear
of tho car and was Introduced by County Chair
man Merrill as "tho greatest platform orator in
the world." Mr. Bryan did not make a political
address at New Ross, but talked to tho children
'who wero out in largo numbers.
"I am always glad to talk to tho boys and
girls, tho young men and young women," said
Mr. Bryan, "and I am particularly glad to speak
to them since I have returned from my trip
around the world, where I saw the differenco
in tho opportunities for the children in this
country and the opportunities for tho children
in tho different countries that I have visited.
So many of you are students I judge this be
cause you seem to bo on your way to school
that I do not beljeve I ought to talk politics.
No one can fail to be grateful for the blessing
of education, good government and Christianity
who has visited the countries which havo none
of these. I trust as you grow older you will
realize that It is your duty, as it ought to be a'
pleasure, to continue these advantages to tho
next generation, and ever struggle to live up to
the highest ideals of American citizenship."
In his Crawfordsville speech Mr. Bryan an
swered the speech that Theodore Roosevelt made
in that city a few days before. It was along
tho general lines of his Indianapolis speech last
night, except that he elaborated moro on it be
cause it was of local significance. In Mr. Bryan's
audience was a largo number of students from
Wabash College, and Mr. Bryan addressed part
of his speech to them, elaborating moro than
elsewhere the distinction between the demo
cratic and aristocratic idea, illustrating its ap
plication to government and citing a number of
countries in the old world to show tho world-
wldo growth of tho democratic idea. Ho ap
pealed to tho young mon to Inqulro what is
right rather than what is popular.
"My father," said Mr. Bryan, "did not lonvo
mo a great deal of money, only about $3,000,
and I am not suro that I would havo been In
tho end tho gainer had ho loft mo a fortuno,
becauso fortuno in prospect has ruined moro
young men than it has over helped. But ho gavo
mo a pioco of ndvlco that has been worth moro
to mo than a fortune. Ho told mo that I could
afford to bo In tho minority, but that I could
not afford to bo wrong on any question. Ho
said that jf I waB in tho minority and right, that
I would some day bo in tho majority, whilo if
,1 was in tho majority and wrong I iiomo day
would bo in tho minority. Ho boliovod in tho
omnipotence of truth, in tho final triumph of
every rightoous cause.
"I can not do better than to transmit to theso
young mon this lesson, which was given to mo
when 1 was passing through tho same period of
life. Find out what is right and then cspouso
that cause. Tho right needs you and It will
help you. Thrlco armed Is ho who has his quar- "
rel just. You can not deslro to bo wrong as a
matter of principle and it does not pay as a
matter of policy. When you investigate tho
foundations of government you will And tho
democratic idea of government is tho growing
ono. Bo its champion and grow with it. Tho
pcoplo's side of every cause will grow. Help
It and it will ropay you."
Tho crowd nt Crawfordsvillo was so largo
that tho people could not get into tho alrdomo
where tho meeting was hold. Bryan spoko to
an overflow meeting of moro than a thousand
before tho regular meeting began.
Mr. Bryan, In his speech at Richmond, will
give considerable attention to Senator Bevcridgo
and Congressman W. O. Barnard and will call
attention to tho remarkablo situation In tho
Sixth congressional district, where Mr. Bove
ridge, tho progressive republican, is urging tho
re-election of Mr. Barnard, a standpat congress
man, and Mr. Barnard Is urging tho return of .
Mr. Bovoridgo to the United States senate. Thero
are other matters of Interest In the Sixth dis
trict to which Mr. Bryan will refer in his Rich
mond speech.
The Edlnburg meeting yesterday was one that
mado Mr. Bryan feel, as ho expressed it, "mighty
good." Thero we're at least three thousand
peoplo there, and that Is saying a good deal
when it Is considered that Edlnburg Is so cIobo
to Indianapolis, where Mr. Bryan spoke last
night. Ho was presented with apples and canes
and souvenirs. Tho apples ho divided among
his friends ,the canes ho gavo to Congressman
Dixon to carry until It was time for the electric
train to start, and then tho walking sticks wero
sent on to Lincoln, Neb., by express.
Mr. Bryan mado tho trip to Indianapolis from
Edlnburg in a special Interurban car on tho
Columbus, Indianapolis and Southern. A big
comfortable chair was put in tho vestibule ahead
and Mr. Bryan rodo tho entire distance In that
Tim Connors, tho veteran motorman, was in
charge. Tim is one of tho old-timo democrats
who has always voted for Bryan and Is ready
to vote for him again if the occasion presents
Itself. Mr. Bryan and Tim got on good terms
with each other right away, and for a time tho
ready Irish wit of Tim and the witticisms of
Mr. Bryan kept tho others in a laughing mood.
L. Ert Slrfck was in tho car with Mr. Bryan
and pointed out to him the objects of interest
along the way.
General Manager Shane interested Mr. Bryan
greatly by giving him a brief history of tbJ
interurban lines of this state and the Nebraskan
was much surprised at tho mileage, tho number
of passengers carried annually and tho amount
of money the lines earn.
JiVill Irwin, of Columbus, stepped into the car