The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, July 12, 1912, Page 2, Image 2
""jWtjpv f T4,f' ""jwfm T "f:WWW, '!" t; '- I- w r ,'t i I Si rv- ri I H"i ;,V a i4' ii ; Nl; !H if m r IK V ,r M p.j "i. j u i'ii-'. r IS IV V .v u- , SY- i. . i ff IV 'a kf s 11 The Commoner. VOLUME l-2j NUMBER 27 Greatest Triumph in Mr. Bryan's Career Joseph L. Brlstow, republican United States senator from Kansas, sent to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the following report: Washington, July 4. The nomination of Woodrow Wilson by the democratic convention is the greatest triumph that has come to William J. Bryan in his careor, far greator than his first nomina tion, which was the result of his speech to the, Chicago convention. Then the delegates were In condition to ho moved by the spectacular demonstration of his oratorical powers. His fight for a progressive platform at St. Louis up to this tlmo probably showed his greatest strongth as a tenacious fighter. His nomination for tho third time vas not opposed seriously, be-, cause It was not believed that tho democratic, party had a chance f,or success. But with flattering prospects this year, that tho nominee would be elected, the enemies of, Mr. Bryan's theories of government have made, every effort to guard against control of the con vention, so that no one In accord with his views, and purposes could bo nominated. Indeed, it , appeared that they had paved an easy way for' . tho nomination of Speaker Clark, but they had , , not reckoned with tho power of Bryan's per sonality as a delegate in tho convention. For a week I watched closely his masterful hand. Beaton on tho first day for temporary chairman by a decisive vote, it cloarly appeared that he did not control a majority of tho dele gates to the convention. His enemies, the re actionaries in tho democratic party, were elated, but Bryan was calm in defeat and confident of ultimate success. He rolled on that irresistible influonco in American politics, which he termed tho "folks at home," but which I shall style public opinion. No convention or legislative body in this coun try can stand a great while against concentrated public opinion. And while the reactionary democrats gnashed their teeth furiously at Bryan, sent forth their prize orators to denounce him, and vented their hatred and anger, insult ing remarks and jeers, yet, he in tho midst of all the rancorous turmoil, cool and self-possessed,, continued with a masterful hand to wield his tremendous powor over the conven tion. Ho relied with supreme confidence on tho force of public opinion to bring the convention to his feet, and he succeeded, In my judgment, beyond his expectations. Governor Wilson is under obligations to many friends who have worked for his' nomina tion with an ardor that should be exceedingly gratifying to him, yet there is one man whose support and dominating force gave him the nomi nation, and today towering , above other party leaders In American politics, stands the gigantic figure of William J. Bryan. By this I do not mean to place Mr. Bryan, in point of ability or as an effective moral or political leader, ahead of Colonel Roosevelt. While he struggled at Baltimore against powerful forces, yet his battle was not nearly so difficult as that which confronted Mr. Roosevelt at Chicago. Roosevelt had to dislodge a person who was in power, who had more than a hundred thous and officeholders "whose political fortunes were welded to his success. These officeholders we're in absolute command of one-third of the dele gates to the convention. He had also1 against him tho sentiment in favor of giving a 'presi dent a second term and in addition 'to these powerful and controlling influences, he 'had the same organization working in Chicago against him that Mr. Bryan contended against at Baltimore. MOUNT WATTERSON IN ERUPTION Mount Wattorson is again in eruption. This timo tho hidden firqs burst; .wijth more than usual, t fiiry. Tho burning laya, descending to the plain,: has formed Itself into characters that, as. nearly as they can be read through the smoke, read ' as follows: "The mask which in his unguarded fury Mr. Bryan has allowed to slip away from tho slqek and smug visage that has so long deceived superficial observers into the belief that, though solfish and commonplace, he was still a sincere and amiable man, shows tho world at last the very embodiment of prosperous hypocrisy and successful malice. ."The literature of every nation has its type' of thq unprincipled charlatan. He is depicted ini' various degrees and kinds of turpitude, but al ways as shallow and heartless. Of Tartuffo, we read with dismay; of Pecksniff and Chadband, Wfth disgust "How shall wo classify and what shall be the' ' measure of detestation in which not only all good democrats but all good men must hereafter and forever hold the sardonic figure at Baltimore"' in, his rage and spleen throwing off all disguise, . of prudence and showing himself in his true' character of ingrate, traitor and Pharisee; the baffled demagogue spitting upon hands that had befriended him; tho beaten mountebank, balked . or his prey; the rattlesnake revealed, exuding poison that disease and death may follow in the: wako of his tortuous pourse? ,' "It Is most painful to write and to print this Indictment of a man. the , Courier-Journal has tried to believe an honeBt though misguided man. The seven days' performance at Balti more, with its horrible spectacle of rule or ruin, duplicating tho equally horrible spectacle' ' r5,08,evelt at ChicaEo, leaves us no recourse." .'Tills is certainly a sbvere charge for one man'1 tb bring against another, but even violent lan guage can lose its forc6 by its' 'repetition, and Mr; Wttttorson's fury has been Jiurled at Mr. Bryan' 16 frequently that it is'becdming each time more; easy to withstand tho shock. k Mr. Wattorson's forked tongue to change the figureattempted. -to. inject its venom into Mr. Bryan's political fleshy. us far back as 1896, No compromise wih, dishonor," he hissed through the cable but,fco, found on investigation! that he had bitten the qash box of his-paper in, stead.. of the democratic candidate. But, jubi lant over the prospeAtiyv0 defeat of the demo cratic party, he thus disposed of Mr. Bryan In auditorial printed -uftoMp. Bryan's Kentucky" "Mr. William J. Bryari has Homo to Kentucky : and Kentucklans have taken his measure He is a boy orator. He is a dishonest dodger. 'He is a daring adventurer. He is a political fakir. He is not of the material of which the pebple of tho XJnited States 'have' ever made , a pre'sideriti nor is he even of the material of which any party has ever before made a candidate." ' His next chance for attack was when imper ialism was the issue. Mr. Bryan was accused of being a moral philosopher instead of a states man, and was warned that his idealism was not suited to this commercial age. As the national platform, just adopted, with out opposition, repeats FOR THE THIRD TIME the declaration against imperialism written by Mr. Bryan for the platform of 1900, it is hardly necepsary for Mr. Bryan to defend his position. In the spring of 1904 Mr. Watterson felt it his patriotic duty to denounce Mr. Bryan for opposing Mr. Parker. He even accused Mr. Bryan of supporting Mr. Hearst and he has never had tho fairness to commend Mr. Bryan for re fusing to second tho nomination of Mr. Hearst a refusal which explains Mr. Hearst's hatred ever since. In 1908 Mr, Watterson led Wall street in its effort to defeat Mr. Bryan's third nomination and only desisted when friends convinced him that tho logic of the situation required Mr. Bryan's nomination. When the present campaign opened Mir. Wat terson championed the cause of Mr. WHsqn but repudiated him when Governor Wilson refused to accept a campaign contribution from Thomas F. Ryan, and admitted, on inquiry, that Mr. Harvey's support was a liabiltiy instead of an asset. After abandoning Mr. Wilson Mr. Wat terson took up Mr. Clark, but gave him a tardy and luke-warm support. Now that Mr, Clark refused to take sides in tho temporary chair manship fight botweon Mr. Parker and Mr. Bryan, and more especially since ho (Mr. dark) can see no reason for "insulting the ninety dele gates from New York,"' whom Mr. Murphy used to carry out the wishes of tho plunderbund NOW the furnace of Mr. Watterson's wrath is heated seven times hotter than before. Well, Mr. Bryari confesses that he t has nbt tried to please Mr. Watterson that 'may 'ac count for any popularity Mr. Bryan enjoys. He confesses that ho did not consult Mr. Watter son when he made his fight against Judgfc Parker for temporary chairman. He did not consult Mr. Watterson when he introduced, the resolution against Morgan, Ryan and Belmont (wonder if Mr. Watterson feels slighted like on,e of the financiers did, becatise he was not in cluded) and Mr. Bryan did not consult Mr Watterson when he declined to join with Mr Murphy in nominating a candidate for presi dent. Mr. Bryan has pursued tho course which seemed to him most calculated to advance the interests of the democratic party and through the democratic party the interests of the coun try. Ho has done most of his work, not only without Mr. Watterson's aid but In spite of his opposition: He has lived to see the things ho has advocated become tho accepted doctrines of a great nation and he awaits without fear the verdict of the people upon his work at Baltimore. 1 WHEN DESTINY KNOCKED The following news item appeared "in the Chi cago Tribune on last Thursday morning. It was sent from Sea Girt, N. J., and tells a brief, but far-reaching story. All minutes are of. equal duration,, measured on the limitless line of time, but the decisions made in them are not of equal importance. The item above referred to tells of Governor Wil son's decision, made In a moment, which won him tho presidential nomination. The Tribune correspondent says: "Governor Wilson did not stutter when Wil liam Jennings Bryan put up to him the question of a reactionary or a progressive temporary chairman of the Baltimore convention. "Without hesitation and against the advice of his campaign managers,' he chose the Ne braskan's course. This decision of the governor became known today through Joseph P. Tumul ty, his secretary. . "Mr. Tumulty told of the telegram sent to Bryan in answer to the' latter's message de claring against the selection of Alton B. Parker as temporary chairman. ." 'As soon as Mr. Bryan's message became public, oven before it reached the governor,' the secretary said, 'the Wilson managers -at Balti more got the governor on the telephone. " ' 'Don't answer the message until you hear from us they begged. And the governor said ho wouldn't. 'l 'Down at Baltimore they rigged 'up a rough draft of h. reply and sent it to the governor. He , TOttrl 'If firwV 1l o -n rt n ,1 II- . T'A J.j-.'.l n HIIV II. I Ifllll III V IIIITinK he'saicL as, lie, to re it Into . issue it 'He took a pad and nlacod it. across tils knee and wrote his answer to Mr. Bryan with out crossing out a single word he had' put down.' " The same opportunity came to Speaker Clark Mr. Bryan sent identically the same telegram to both but Mr. Clark listened to tils' advisors, and destiny's lniock was unanswered 'by' him. One has only himself to blame if' ', he allows such an opportunity to pass unimproved. " " -i v1 ' A LESSON IN MORALS Mr. Bryan does not .deserve, (however pleas ant the; compliments may be) the credit he is receiving .for, what was done at Baltimore. His part was reajly, ,a modest one; he simply turned the. faucet and, allowed a great moral force to flow in iUpon. ,the convention. He did not CREATE the,, force, but ho knew where tho faucet was and estimated more accurately than some others did the height of the stand-pipe from which the. forco came. If he had had the fore sight to hang oyer the platform. the motto, "Re member, .J;he Folks at Home,"- illumined by elec tncltyhe need, not have spoken at all. He could by turning on the light, have made really half the delegates hide under the chairs. The fear of the people is the beginning of wisdom, if one may be permitted to paraphrase a pro verb, and no convention ever better illustrated this truth. ; No one who looked upon tho tumult caused by the anti-Morgan, Ryan, Belmont resolution will ever "forget tho scene. Such a seething mass of terror-stricken men has seldom been on exhibition except when, during a battle, a bursting shell has fallen, without warning, into a camp; 'And yet, in a few minutes reason re turned and men who had been cursing the resolution fell over each other in their effort to change their votes to "aye." It waB a great separating of the sheep from the goats but some of the goats slipped in at the last moment. Co a'ilx4figure wax ll0t without danger to itself? This is the question which 4nse in the minds off the. delegates when they saw Mr. Stanchfield pf ' 'New York fore but a tew broken sentences ' In favor of one candidate, while his Vote was being cast for another ca'ndi-. date. i : -" ' HnJ!r yL-- .-..ai tfUalU' ri,-',i:U . V., itec Mid.