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MARCH 3, i911
hear an address by Hon. W. J.
Bryan. A full house and packed
galleries gave the speaker a warm
reception when he entered with the
reception committee. Mr. Miller, of
Marshall, had the honor of present
ing the' distinguished visitor and
made a brief but happy speech of in
troduction. Mr. Bryan entered with
Senator Adams and was followed by
Governor Hooper and Senator-elect
Luke Lea, with the reception com
mittee next. The applause was
quickly swelled to cheers. Senator
Adams called the audience to order
and presented Mr. Miller of Marshall,
who, in turn, introduced Mr. Bryan.
Mr. Bryan opened with a brief dis
cussion of the important part Ten
nessee has played in the nation's his
tory. He said that it was an honor
to address the citizens and lawmakers
of this great state.
Mr. Bryan discussed the responsi
bility of the representatives of the
people. He presented the two
theories of government aristocratic
and democratic. He said that the
democratic sentiment was the domi
nant one in this country, and was
greater than party. He discussed at
some length these two ideas of gov
ernment. He said that one party
was always found trying to do what
the people wanted, while the other
was obstructing the general good.
These two sentiments, he said, were
found in society as well as politics.
The aristocrat believed in building
from the top and the democrat from
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the bottom. He said the democratic
plan of government was spreading
throughout the world.
Embezzlement of power ho char
acterized as a greater crime than
embezzlement ofmoney, and Baid
there ought to bo a means of punish
ing it. He said a representative
should be conscientious, but that his
conscience should not be dormant
during a campaign and active after,
when he wanted to escape doing the
will of his people; if his conscience
would not let him do what his people
wants, he should resign.
Mr. Bryan said the .representative
should be in perfect attune with his
constituency, so as to carry out their
Mr. Bryan discussed the growth in
good ideas during the past saying
that at no time had progress been
greater than in the last twenty years.
He spoke of the contest sixteen years
ago in congress over the income tax
and in this connection paid a tribute
to Hon. Benton McMillin. He also
referred to Col. Enloe in the same
connection. He told of the fight be
fore the courts and the subsequent
agitation of the subject.
Another reform which had grown,
he said, was the election of senators
by the people. Ho discussed the sub
ject step by step to tho present time,
indications now pointing for the first
time in eighteen years to a' favorable
action by congress on this amend
ment. He argued strongly the need
of this change as one of the most im
portant before the country.
The next question discussed was
railroad regulation. He discussed in
detail the growth of this sentiment
with the railroad lobby. Now he says
the corporations understand that
none of them are too high to be
Contributions to campaign funds
by corporations were discussed up to
now. when tho law prohibits1 it and
requires publicity of campaign ex
, Mr. Bryan referred humorously to
Tennessee politics, saying that it was
a good time to change the election
.laws if they needed it; that things
seemed so mixed that if they could
get together the result ought to be
satisfactory; that with a republican
governor and a legislature that he
hadn't been abl to classify, any elec
tion laws agreed upon should be
"Election laws," said Mr. Bryan,
"can't be built on a sound basis until
the people say who shall constitute
the election boards."
Mr. Bryan also discussed the joint
fight of the democrats and insurgent
republicans in congress on the rules.
Ho said the rules committee should
be. selected, by congress And not by
the speaker. He touched the tariff
question, but briefly, and commended
democrats for supporting President
Taft on his Canadian reciprocity
Mr. Bryan spoke strongly on the
initiative and referendum as a needed
reform. He spoke of this as one of
the greatest of reforms. In this con
nection he discussed at length the
frequent falls from high ideals by
"The initiative and referendum,"
he said, ""strengthens the represen
tative and protects tne peopie wmi
it strips the lobbyist of his power.
The speaker also advocated the recall,
but gave it less attention than the
Another question discussed was
the bank guarantee.
"Pour states have passed siicn
laws," said Mr. Bryan, "and the
others ought to do so."
Mr Bryan stated that banks were
not secure in this country and there
was no excuse for it. Laws should
hn nassed to insure a depositor so
U?atP when he deposited his money
hewoud certainly draw it put at his
nleasure. The speaker insisted that
Se general public should not be re
quired to take their chances with
the rascality of bank oillclals.
At tho r.nnrltialrr 1.1,. J t.
practically all members of tho legis-
-.w I'viovMiiwijr uiut iur. uryan. no
went from the capitol to the Hermi
A CORDIAL WELCOME
In an editorial the Banner says:
Hon. William Jennings Bryan was
given a cordial welcome in Nash
ville, where ho ia always re
ceived with heartiness and enthus
iasm, not only because he has at
tained eminenco in tho field ' of
American politics, in which he has
been and still is a remarkably force
ful and influential factor, but also
because, aside from all political con
siderations, he is a distinguished
American with world-wide fame, who
is esteemed for his high personal
character, moral worth and purity
of life. Mr. Bryan has had an extra
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the vicissitudes of his political life,
has maintained himself in a promi
nence which gives proof of his abili
ties and tireless energies, and with
a reputation which makes his recep
tion popular wherever ho goes. It
goes without the saying that he will
not lack of every attention and
courtesy possible during his visit to
our city. .
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