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ahown, and aro taking up tho Ideas of fifteen
yoaro ago. Tho domocracy could got tho votes
of tho lndopondont republicans if it did tho
right thing. It can not nominato a candidate
closo to Wall strcot and tho money powor and
expect tho sovon million Bryan vptors to sup
port a man who rofusod to voto for that loader.
Tho victories won In Ohio' In 1908 and 1910
by tho party woro not tho worlc of any man, but
came through taking advantago of tho mistakes
of tho republicans, ho assorted. Tho defeat of
Parlcor in 1904 was roforrod to and tho same
roault prodictod in 1912 if tho party turned its
back on principles as it did then. Amid great
encoring Sonator Doro cried, "Don't nominate a
man who was against us in 189G."
Qarman Staloy, of Columbus, styled Bryan
"as tho Invincible man of dostlny," and said
that ono might as well endeavor to olimlnato
Washington from tho rovolutlon and Lincoln
from tho civil war as tho Nobraskan from tho
progroBSlvo movomont of tho past slxteon years.
"Tho domocrats don't want a man," said ho,
"whoso claim is that tho predatory intorosts will
pour out tholr millions for him. They won't
bartor thoir birthright. And thoy will not por
inlt Uio corporations to foist on thorn an old
man who has boon employod by thorn so long
that his ovory hair has grown white In thoir
Bort Bartlow brought tho messago from.
Hamilton that his indorsement of tho move
mont was backod by Charles E. Mason, candi
date for stato troasuror In 1905, Mayor Thad
Strnub and David Poarco, members of tho con
stitutional convention. Tho bitter days of 1904
woro rocallod and tho party was abjured to make
no such mistako again.
Bonton Chlldors, of Worth ington, said that
tho roal question in '9G was not freo silver, but
whethor tho country was to bo exploited In tho
Intorosts of monopoly or run for tho people,
and tho question had not altered. Tho query
was, "Who shall tho harvesters bo?" In his
addross ho montionod Bryan's name and got
cheers abundant. Wilson was Hkowiso hailed
with applauso, and so was Folk and Foss, but
tho man who got most of tho cheors of the minor
candidates was Champ Clark. John C. L. Paugh,
of Columbus, assortod that tho party would not
follow tho man who botrayod it in 189 G.
Former Mayor James Itico, of Canton, whoso
prosonco was accidental, took tho floor to laud
Bryan and Wilson as true loaders, and was
warmly grooted. In eloquently turned periods
ho wont after Governor Harmon, whose right
to a nomination for president ho challenged,
because of his past record, and whoso ability
ho doubted, saying: "Ho ought, boforo tackling
tho management of a cabinet and a congress,
ghow as governor that ho is big enough and
bravo enough to copo with a little band of legis
Ho hazardod tho guess that unloss tho stand
ard boaror is truly a ropresontativo of progress
he and not tho party would bo dofeatod. As
for himself, ho was going to stand for democ
racy if he had to follow the standard of another
UNDERWOOD HAS HIS WAY
Tho proas dispatches say that Representative
Oscar Underwood "showed his force to bo still
unswerving and ongineorod tho movement by
which tho Bryan, raon wore dofeatod," in tho
houso democratic' caucus whore an effort was
mado to havo democratic caucuses hereafter
opon to tho public and tho press. Instead the
caucuB adopted a rule providing that whllo the
caucus of tho future will not bo open a journal
will bo kept for publication and a record vote
"will bo taken on demand of one-fifth of thoso
VOLUME 12, NUMBBRtV
FAXLING IN LINE
Plutocracy is falling in lino. Tho first sup
porter of Governor Harmon quoted in tho New
York World poll is W. F. Harrity of Pennsyl
vania. Ho will bo remembered as tho Pennsyl
vania committeeman in 1896 who refused to
resign and yet declined to assist tho 'ticket Ho
was removed tho next year by tho state convention.
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Before the Democratic National Committee
Tho democratic national committee met at
Washington on tho morning of January 8tn.
Following aro extracts from tho Associated
Press report: .
Washington, Jan. 8. William J. Bryan made
his fight in tho democratic national committee
today and lost. Ho mado Colonel James M.
Guffoy, member of tho committee from Pennsyl
vania, tho issuo, and tho committee declined to
unseat Colonel Guffey by a voto of thirty to
eighteen. Mr. Bryan onco appealed from a de
cision of Chairman Mack and was defeated,
thirty-threo to thirteen. The committee ses
sion was marked by extremo bitterness of feel
ing. Onco tho lie was passed and blows seemed
imminent. Mr. Bryan from first to last was
tho central figure in tho proceedings and tho
fight he precipitated at tho very moment tho
committee was called to order lasted through
out tho day.
So much time was devoted to the contested
seats in the committee that tho more important
matters of choosing a convention city, fixing tho
time of the gathering and adapting a form of
call to include tho "permissive primary" plan
of selecting delegates, wont over until tomorrow.
The committee began its sitting with open
doors, but as soon as Mr. Bryan began his fight
thoy were closed and remained so throughout
tho day. It Is said there was no mincing of
words by any of the speakers, but at the end
of the day apologies were offered and when
adjournment was taken until tomorrow, all of
tho members seemed outwardly to bo on tho
best of terms.
Colonel Guffoy hurled tho lie at Representa
tive A. Mitchell Palmer of Pennsylvania, who
was contesting for tho seat. Later Colonel
Guffoy declared his temper "momentarily had
got the better of him and ho was sorry. Mr.
Palmer said that although ho had been thrown
out of tho committee it would not affect his
loyalty to his party in any way and he would
continue to labor untiringly for it.
Mr. Palmer had previously asserted that if it
were not for Colonel Gutters gray hairs tho
issuo between them would have a more personal
Mr. Bryan arraying himself against some of
his friends of old, including National Chairman
Norman E. Mack and Senator William J. Stone
of Missouri, fought desperately to the last and
had the committee in a turmoil of excitement.
He had been greeted with cheers when ho en
tered the room bearing tho proxy of Nebraska
in his hands.
Mr. Bryan inveighed bitterly against Colonel
Guffey, and is said to have been unsparing in
his arraignment of the Pennsylvania member
Representative Palmer had accused Colonel
Guffey of consorting with tho republi
can "machine" in Pennsylvania and of disloyalty
to his party. Mr. Bryan repeated all of this
and more. At the end it is said he had no
apologies to offer and undoubtedly he will carry
on his fight against Colonel Guffey.
At one time during his impassioned appeal to
tho committee to rid itself of "Guffey and Guffey
jsm" Mr. Bryan went so far as to threaten an
appeal to tho people" if tho committee should
decide against him. Tho threat had no effect
Mr. Bryan said that thrice he had been a candi
date for tho presidency and that 600,000 voters
had stood back of him. They were all demo
crats, ho asserted, and it was to the democracy
that he would make his appeal.
"If this committee does not do the rich
right 'thing ?eClared' "the PePle do the
Immediately tho report spread that Mr. Bryan
had threatened the organization of a third nartv
This came on top of the conference between Mr
Bryan and Senator La Follette late yesterday
and was given credence in some quarters Mr
Bryan, however, laid emphasis upon the fact
that it was tho democrats to whom he would
carry his appeal and the third party talk died
away for tho time being.
Mr Brian's first fight came with the callinc
of Alabama on tho roll of states. A vSancI
from Alabama had been filled by the democratic
stato committee. Mr. Bryan moved that tlf
selection of the state committee Te conflraJd
National Committeeman Brown of Vermont
mado tho point of order that no such action
thTw7; lat,,mdep the "He laid down by
the last national convention tho national rn!
518S 5&E rlsht 80 to "S -S:
Committee leaders iad pleaded with Mr
Bryan during the morring not to make an issue
of tho Guffoy matter at tms umo; uiai. uuiouei
Guffey clearly had a majority of tho committee
in his favor and that tho fight would avail
Mr. Bryan would not listen to this suggestion
Chairman Mack, Thomas Taggart, John T.
McGraw, Roger Sullivan and several others
then held hurried consultation and agreed upon
tho program which meant defeat of tho Nebras
kan. Chairman Mack sustained tho point of order
and Mr. Bryan at once appealed from tho de
cision of the chair. He saw in this ruling de
feat of tho protest against Colonel Guffey and.
asserted that the committee had a perfect right
to pass upon the eligibility of its members. Mr."
Bryan seemed to realize from the first that ho
was beaten, but he went into the fray un-.
daunted. Mr. Mack was sustained, thirty-three
The vote by states was as follows:
Ayes: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Con
necticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, In
diana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minne
sota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hamp
shire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota,
Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Vermont, Virginia,
Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming, Alaska
Nays: Colorado, Deleware, Louisiana, Ne
braska, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island,
.South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin,
District of Columbia and New Mexico.
Then the Guffey-Palmer case was taken up.
The committee had hoped to dispose of it in an
hour. It required nearly three. Senator Stone
made one of the principal speeches for Colonel
Guffey. Ho made an apepal for harmony.
Chairman Mack had done likewise in calling
the committee to order.
A resolutions committee was appointed, with
Clark Howell of Georgia as chairman to frame
a call for delegates and thus to deal with tho
primary question. Other members of the com
mittee aro John T. McCray of West Virginia,
Homer S. Cummings of Connecticut, Thomas H.
Brown of Vermont, and W. T. Brady of Okla
homa. It is said the committee has approved
of primaries in the states with primary laws
and will leave to the various stato committees
whether primaries shall be held in other juris
dictions. Such a resolution has been offered by
Senator Chamberlain of Oregon. Each state
would have to take care of its own primary ex
penses. There will be nothing mandatory in the
Wv eP .r Bryan' holding the Nebraska proxy,
reached the committee room, he was greeted
with applause. Each time he moved from ono
seat to another to greet a friend, the applauso
was renewed No other member of tte com
mittee was given a demonstration.
miAifll0gh th0re, are "b0mers in town for,
all of the avowed presidential candidates the
members of the committee seemed reticent in
discussing the situation. There seemed to do
an opinion that the democrats might well afford
to wait until after the republicans Cve mado
tt Mrn0TSati0n in ChICag0- Ifc Was gued tSa!
If Mr. Taft was renominated, it might be ex
pedient for the members to choose Tan out-andl
out progressive. If Colonel Roosevelt ?
cratnc? rnaSmid W E2
tivG- thnn n,l f ame a man more "conserva-
Srni !? ? former President.
with the Alabama case disnosftri nf tfc n -
?lhSe ?l 7 the Gey-PaCerontt wiTh"
a time limit of one hour on the armimenrV iv
Bryan made a speech declaring th? 55' '
blllty. if a man was disloyal to hia iwSv ifT
The bitter fight in th PufpT,,
Stono held a proxy His nmnn.i.i ?n?ey- Mr
was regardefaBigniflcantP SiU0n t0 Mr- Bryan
taB voto. His XKSftT&SXT, d'Tnt"
contested by John B T.I r had been
counsel toformer BeSS5 1 " Wa8, chlet
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