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Adda, "there existed a man to .whom it Imported
much that thig factious fatality -burst forth into
war. It was this pulssanUgenius, unwilling to
lcavo to time the glory of accomplishing tho
task of unification, the triumph of which would
liavo been inevitable, who wished to make short
work of tho revolution and impose upon tho
present what the future would have freely estab
lished and to keep for himself the glory that
his successors might have shared. Had Bis
marck not existed the war between Franco and
Germany would not have been foredestlned. Tho
son of Napoleon III. would have avoided it even
as his father would have done. Napoleon III.
wished for peace, but vacilllatlngly Bismarck
wished for war with all the force of his in
flexible ' will. It is pitiful, therefore, to read
the painful dissertions of our trumpery histo
rians who seek themselves to incriminate either
the statesmen of the opposition or those of tho
government. Assuredly the men of the opposi
tion were imprudent enough to keep tho public
mind in a' state of exaggerated impatience. As
suredly the emperor ought not, by demanding
useless guarantees, have re-opened a question
which in a victorious solution already had been
closed. But neither the declamations of men
of the opponitlon nor the error of Napoleon was
the determining cause of the war. No French
man was responsible for it. Tho only man to
whom belongs the glory or shame of it, accord
ing to the judgment with which it may be'
viewed, is the man of iron whose indomnitablo
and heroic will mastered events and made them
the servants of his ambitions."
AN OTTAWA, Ontario, dispatch carried by
the Associated Press says: "At tho con
clusion of this afternoon's meeting of the. Ca
nadian and United States trades negotiations
representatives the following statement was
given by Mr. Fielding, minister of finance: 'The
conference between the representatives of tho
United States and Canada on the subject of im
proved trade relations terminated today. The
conference began Saturday, November 5, and
was continued on Monday, Tuesday and Thurs
day The whole session was of the most frank
.'and-iriendly nature. While no "conclusion was
reached; the ground was cleared for a further
conference, which will be held in Washington
probably early in January. The members of
the conference, Messrs, Hoyt, Pepper and Foster,
representing tho United States, and Messrs.
Fielding and Patterson, representing Canada,
separated with the strong hope that on the re
sumption of the conference at Washington an
arrangement can be reached that will prove
acceptable to the people on both sides of the
boundary line.' Mr. Pepper, speaking for tho
American members of the conference, said: 'We
leave Ottawa feeling that the outlook is good
for a successful issue of the negotiations when
they are resumed at Washington. We have ap
preciated the cordial manner in which we have
been received in Canada and tho frank and
friendly way in which the Canadian negotiators
have met us. However, we cannot make a
statement as to any conclusions which have been
reached, because there have been none.' " .
The public sees William Jennings Bryan at
liis best when, with the simple, forceful and
convincing eloquence which can come only of
.genuine faith; he stands on the platform as a
champion of religion.
It requires no tricks of tho trained orator or
spellbinder to carry conviction when the speaker
ris in earnest and has abiding confidence in what
-3io says. Mr. Bryan is free of artificiality when
lie talks on Tellgious subjects.
There can bo no mistaking the impression
$Ir. Bryan creates when he lifts his voice in
defense of the Bible and its teachings. His
jwords are an inspiration to every man of relig
ious tendencies and his reasoning appeals to all
jwho seek support for belief in the deity and the
justice of a merciful Father. Religion, since
she days of tho Christian martyrs, has known
no more forceful, earnest advocate. It would
not bo difficult to Imagine William Jennings
J3ryan as a man willing to die for his religion,
although ho has gained a reputation for fickle
ness in dealing with politics.
Someone has remarked that the pulpit lost a
great preacher when Bryan became a politician.
Xdterally, this I true. But religion has claimed
aim for her own and as a platform lecturer sho
employs him with effect. Perhaps it Is becauso
Mr. Bryan realizes that ho Is at his best whon
delivering his "Princo of Peaco" that ho so
frequently offers this lecturo; it is probable, how
over, that the choico is duo to religious impulses
which aro natural and which do not tako Into
account tho impression ho Is likely to create
Ono thing is cortain. Long after William
Jennings Bryan's political mistakes are forgot
ten, and tho world has ceased to concern Itself
with governmental theories ho has promulgated
or opposed, ho will bo remembered as a spiritual
teacher who ably aided tho causo of Christianity.
Illinois State Journal, republican.
WHENCE OA2VIE THE MONEY
Tho committco of tho United States sonato
which is investigating in Chicago the corrupt
election of William Lorimor to tho, senate should
summon tho attorneys for tho defense In tho
trials of Leo O'Nell Browne, who waB charged
with bribery, and put squaTely to them tho
"How largo were your fees in those cases and
who paid tho same?"
It is reported that Attorney Forrest, ono of
the counsel for tho Browne defense, has stated
his fee In the first Browne trial was tho largest
ho had ever received.
Those cases occupied many weeks of continual
work and the fees must have totaled tons of
thousands of dollars.
Who paid tho monoy?
Was Browne able to pay such enormous foes?
If Browne paid tho attorneys, did ho pay
with cash or check?
Back of Browno in thoso trials was massed
tho combine of interests In whoso behalf tho
"jakpot" was distributed!
Back of Browno stands that political machlno
dominated by William Lorimer who is now
United States senator as tho result of Browne's
activity in tho plot to "deliver" tho votes of
fifty-three democratic legislators into tho hands
of tho enemy and into combination with fifty
five republican Lorimor Itcs!
May not Inquiry into the question of who
furnished the funds for thoso enormous attor
neys fees possibly reveal' tho fountain head of
this flow of gold which placed Lorimor in tho
Let the attorneys for the Browno defense bo
placed upon tho stand before tho senate com
mittee and these questions naked. Springfield
ELECTION RESULTS AS SEEN BY NEWS
To Theodore Roosevelt tho disaster that has
befallen his party and tho sweeping character
of the democratic victory aro In largo measure
due. New York Times, Dem.
Tho great victory is a vindication of tho demo
cratic tariff policy as laid down In Its plat
forms. Baltimore Sun, Dem.
In any case, tho setback received is chasten
ing and Instructive to thoso republican interests
which persist in defying tho popular will.
New York Press, Ind. Rep.
Thus at the very day of Its birth tho "now
nationalism," infant of insurgency, spite and
disorganization, has met defeat complete and
overwhelming. Kansas City Journal, Rep.
.A forcible rebuke is administered to him
'(Roosevelt). It ought to chasten and sober
him. Washington Herald, Ind.
The returns which assure a democratic house
of representatives, tho repudiation of the Taft
administration and tho Payne-Aldrlch tariff,,
mean the election of a democratic president in
1912. Buffalo Times, Dem.-
The chief cause of the overthrow of tho re
publican party was Roosevelt. Except in tho
western states, wherever he spoko ho killed his
party. Richmond Times-Dispatch, Dem.
Caesarism may some time fall on tho republic,
but Theodore Roosevelt is evidently not to bo
tho -first of that line. Springfield Republican,
It was the tariff Chicago Post, Ind.
The people have arisen against thoso whose
leadership they were formerly content to fol
low. The revolt against Speaker Cannon and
tho organization In tho house of representatives
last spring was a prelude to this general revolu
tion in November. Philadelphia Press, Rep.
It is pathetic to witness the crash of a popu
lar idol (Roosevelt). But it is a grand trlbuto
to American commonsense to know that periods
of dofuslon, treachery, domagogy and foul
slander, liko cholera epidemics, can be cob
trolled and ended. Pittsburg Post, Dora.
At a crucial timo Democracy hag rained up
great company of leaders; and a great chapter
in tho long and honorable career of tho demo
cratic party has been written. Montgomery
It (tho Now York result) Is a smash lug pro
tost against tho dornlnanco of Theodore Rooac
volt. A sufficient number of republicans in tho
Emplro state havo woarlod of his self-constituted
leadership to turn tho governorship over to
a domocrnt rather than acquicsco In thoso now
policies of his that threatened to overthrow
established Institutions and to introduce danger
ous innovations in law and government. Pitts
burg Gazette-Times, Rep.
This has boon altogether too long a one-party
country. It is so no lougor. Now York Sun,
Tho democratic party, for years ront by fac
tions, is onco moro united and harmony should
bo and will bo, lot us hopo, tho watchword for
years to como. Birmingham Ago-IIerald, Dem,
Republican dofcat is a Roosevelt dofeat.
Now York World, Ind. Dora.
Tho peoplo havo oxproasod their opinion of
Mr. Roosevelt, his campaign antics and his
"now nationalism." Now York Herald, Ind.
Tho result Booms to show that tho timo of
one-man control of tho party In Now York has
passed. Cincinnati Enquiror, Dora.
From this overwhelming rebuko tho republi
can party should dorivo a salutary lesson. Tho
harder tho erring aro hit tho moro they will
learn. Indianapolis StaT, Ind. Dom.
If there were only ono great party, It would
bo 'a different story; but, as it is, no soonor do
tho political impostors push to the front on the
ono side than the" peoplo turn to tho other and
leave them standing outside tho palo of oflico,
honor and power. Chicago Inter-Ocoan, Rep.
There can bo no doubt in reasonable minds
that tho republican Waterloo is tho outcome of
a nation-wide disappointment over tho legisla
tion in revision of the tariff. Chicago Tribuno,
Tho break In tho control tho latter (Roose
velt) exercised was duo in tho first place to tho
arroganco of the standpat leaders, who per
sistently defied public sentiment. Chicago
Rocord-Herald, Ind. Rep.
Tho chief lesson of the election of 1910 far
republicans should bo along tho old lino that
a house divided against itself cannot stand. Tho
great mass of republicans aro progressive, rather
than radical or rcactionry. Their Ideas must
prevail in tho counsels of tho party if republi
canism is to live and continue as tho dominant
force in American politics. Cincinnati Times
Star, owned by C. P. Taft.
As a matter of fact, tho result was brought
about largely by tho fact that so many repub
licans stayed away from the polls, disgusted
with Mr. Roosevelt. Now Orleans Times-Democrat,
Mr. Roosevelt has made a democratic victory
in New York, and contributed materially to
democratic victories elsewhere. Milwaukee
Tho country has turned from tho party of
only fractional progresslveness to tho party in
which rational progresslveness predominates and
controls. St. Louis Republic, Dem.
Dissatisfied voters have cast their ballots
against the party which made an unsatisfactory
revision of tho tariff, which has kept Balllnger
at the head of tho great department of the in
terior and which has perpetrated tho abuses of
Cannonlsm in congressional affairs. On tho
other hand, reactionaries of the republican party,
defeated at the primaries, knifed tho republican
ticket, partly for revenge and partly in tho hopo
of regaining control of the organization by ham
stringing it. Chicago News, Ind.
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