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product of the trusts, for tho" 'publi
city of campaign receipts and expen
ditures, for guarantee of bank de
posits, for the regulation of railroads,
for the support of the rights of tho
states, for the abolishment of tho
twilight zone between the state and
federal courts, for the vindication of
tho truth that 'a private monopoly is
indefensible and intolerable,' and
finally, for the broad democratic
doctrine that the people may be
safely intrusted with the control of
their own government."
That convention, which they claim
repudiated Bryan, adopted this reso
lution and the "voice of Nebraska,"
utters the principles for which Bryan
has fought for twenty years and we
may say that convention paid Bryan
as great a tribute as he possibly
could desire. His expressed desire
was that the convention should make
no personal mention of him, but
making the above resolution no one
who reads, can but see the conven
tion came as near as it could to
mention him by name, and respect
But what has Bryan done to re
ceive the carping criticisms with
which many metropolitan news
papers now are filled. What has he
stood for as ehown by the above
resolution that they do not approve?
Instead of posing as democratic
papers, why not come out and pro
claim your opposition to the prin
ciples of the democratic platform of
1908, and point out their weak
nesses and fallacies? This is the last
declaration of the party's principles
and either stand on it or get off and
say you are against us.
But what has Bryan done? They
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say he Is a disturber, tho smasher,
the, attempter of tho Impdssiblo and
what not. Ho had no business to
"butt-in" at Washington and stir up
strife over the wool question. It was
his place to keep his mouth shut and
But what has this man Bryan
done? To quote a real true demo
crat, ho has "simply endeavored to
hold the democracy to its promise
to its faith. He, liko the others, has
stood at the gate and looked in on
the forbidden fruit of reaction and
tho fleshpots of compromise; but,
contrary to these others, he has re
fused to be tempted. He still stands
at the gate, on tho hard stones of
his political faith, on what he be
lieves to be true, on tho plodgo of
his heart to the people. Resolute
and firm, and upright as a shaft of
steel, against which tho coaxing, the
praying, the threatening of weak
little senators dash in vain there
he stands unconquered and uncon
querable." Today, after twenty years in tho
very forefront of tho battle for the
rights of the people and against tho
self-seeking office holders and tho
"Interests," tho time-savers and tho
sail-trimmers, he is stronger today
with the people of all parties. Ho
has fought on, he has kept the faith.
They may call him now, as then, in
derision, demagogue and populist,
but tho monument that ho has erected
in remedial legislation for the people,
in respect of all civilized mankind,
and in the constant and devoted love
of millions of his compatriots will
be more enduring than marble, his
influence will bo potent for good,
long after these, who now assail him,
have perished from tho earth, un
wept and unknown.
DEMOCRACY OR AN OLIGARCHY
Former Senator Aldrich is still on
tho job. He's on it more than ever.
The job is different; that's all.
Delivering both ends of congress
and both parties to tho money trust
is no small task, but that's what
Aldrich seems to be trying to do.
The "Aldrich bank plan" is a
scheme to "reform" our banking and
currency laws, and thereby create a
government-authorized trust for the
exclusive control of the nation's
Such control is at present nearly
an accomplished fact. Tho Morgan
group is practically without compe
tition in the financial world today.
There is no man, business or cor
poration big enough to defy "IT."
The example of Heinzo and Morse,
the spectacle of the absorption of
Tennessee Coal & Iron, the shaking
down of the Knickerbocker Trust,
are warnings sufficient to convinco
the business man who is sane.
Standard Oil is now in the Morgan
partnership. Railroads, insurance
companies and industrial concerns,
the heart and arteries of the com
mercial body of the United States,
are in the grip of the "uncrowned
king." The banks of the country
look to it as the governing influence.
But why not give all this a legal
form? Why not charter this monop
oly? Why not turn all the govern
ment's fiscal operations over to the
gigantic trust so chartered? Why
not transfer the money-issuing func
tion from the treasury department?
Why not make this money trust the
recipient of all government deposits
without interest? Why not concen
trate in the hands of a few financiers
who now control the Morgon con
cerns all the power in the business
and financial world? Why not give
the power to make prosperity or to
break prosperity into these hands?
That power would then be the
government. No political campaign
could be made against it. "Reform"
would mean "hard times." Tho
credit trust would give the order to
curtail. Money would bo scarce.
Loans would be difficult; banks
would get their orders to hold tholr
cash reserves. Tho country would
Tho creation of this money trust;
tho chartering by congress of this
monster fiscal holding company, Is
tho task to which former Senator
Aldrich has dedicated his time and
He calls it "currency roform."
Wichita (Kan.) Beacon.
Tho proof-reader on a Bmall
middle-western daily was a woman
of great precision and oxtremo pro
priety. Ono day a reporter suc
ceeded In getting Into typo an Item
about "Willie Brown, the hoy who
was burned in the West End by a
On tho following day tho reporter
found on life desk a frigid note ask
ing, "Which Is tho west end of a
It took only an instant to roply
"The end tho son sets on, of course."
Ladies' Home Journal.
liked coffeo unadulterated, Whlls
with tho Prussian army in Franco
ho ono day entered a country Inn and
asked the host if ho had any chicory
in tho house. Ho had. Bismarck
said "Well, bring It to mo; all you
have." Tho man ohoyod nnd handed
Bismarck a canlstor full of chicory.
"Arc you suro this Is all you have?"
demanded tho chancellor. "Yes, my
lord, ovcry grain." "Then," said
Bismarck, keeping tho canlstor by
him, "go now and make me a pot
of coffee." Belfast (Ireland) News.
Among tho coffee-drinkers a high
place must bo given to Bismarck. Ho
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