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NOVEMBER 22, 1912
that were ratified were originated by
Woodrow Wilson was a powerful
factor in the achievement. His pub
lic career was one of his great assets,
but it has been brief. His great
ability, and his power to understand
the average man as disclosed in his
campaign utterances were a splendid
resource. His dignified campaign,
conducted under the most trying cir
cumstances as a presidential candi
dacy should be conducted, was a
splendid force in the result.
But as preparedness for utilization
of these forces, there had to he a
Baltimore convention. There had to
be a leader with nronhetic vision in
that convention. There had to be a
great champion to break the secret
combination of democratic bosses
who organized and in the beginning
controlled the body through the elec
tion of Judge Parker as temporary
But for such a leadership, Wood
row Wilson would not have been
nominated, and there was but one
man in the United States powerful
enough for such a crisis. That man
was William J. Bryan.
He- rose to the emergency and
fought the most remarkable political
battle that ever transpired in a na
tional convention in America. He
scourged the New York delegation.
He attacked Ryan, Belmont and
Murnhv with his remarkable resolu
tion. With a power and strategy
never before seen in such a gathering
in the country, he whipped the bosseB
and figurately drove them out of the
The packed galleries of the con
vention spurned him. The owned
delegates in the convention hissed
him. But the country heard him and
responded with a storm of approval
that triumphantly nominated Wood
row Wilson and opened the way for
Mr. Wilson's great triumph. The
recent vote is a vote of indorsement
of Mr. Bryan. It is an approval of
his policies by the American people
for which he has struggled 16 years.
By the verdict, Woodrow Wilson
goes to the White House. By the
same verdict, William X Bryan
.stands acknowledged as America's
foremost private citizen, a rank in
which he is. unrivaled and- unchal
lenged. Knoxville (Tenn.) Sentinel: In
the great joy over the democratic vic
tory one figure who has been in the
forefront for the supremacy of demo
cratic principles should not be for
gotten. It is William J. Bryan who
made the democracy a progressive
party in every sense or tne wora.
His long battle, himself with the
standard three times, and finally
placing it in the hands of Woodrow
Wilson at Baltimore, has probably ac
complished more than all else for
its final acceptance and success.
In this hour of triumph our con
gratulations go to William Jennings
Bryan, the great commoner.
Arizona Gazette: The result is a
great victory for the people a vic
tory for true progressive principles.
And while the people are rejoicing at
the victory there is one important
factor in connection with, it which
should not be overlooked. That is,
the part which W. J. Bryan acted in
the Baltimore convention which
made such a victory possible. Had
Bryan not taken the stand he did
there for the cause of the people, a
different result would have been pos
sible. As it is, Woodrow Wilson, the
man of the people's choice, will go
into office untrammeled by any obli
gations to Wall street interests, and
will have a free hand to administer
the government in accordance with
th4 principles expressed in the plat
form ef the democratic party.
Spokane Press: William Jennings
Bryan stands as honored -a man be
fore the people today as does Mr.
Wilson. Tho old campaigner, unable
to win his own fights, finally touched
a chord which resulted in people to
day saying: -'Well, Bryan made
GLORY ENOUGH FOR ALL
The Wilson vote of Iowa will not
exceed 175,000. In but few, if any
of the states will his total come up
to the figures of the Bryan campaign
of 1896. And yet tho Bryan defeut
of 1896 is always referred to as tho
most crushing of recent years, while
the Wilson victory of 1912 is every
where spoken of as a landslide.
In 1896 the Bryan vote in Iowa
was 223,741, the biggest vote ever
cast for a democratic candidate for
any office. Horace Boies was elected
covernor the first time with but few
over 180,000, and tho second time by
a few over 207,000. Bryan in 1900
received 209,265. But Mr. Bryan is
spoken of as tho worst defeated can
didate ever nominated by tho demo
cratic party. Even four years ago,
in his third effort to be elected, Mr.
Bryan passed the 200,000 mark in
If any of Mr. Bryan's candidacies
had been pitched in times like these
it is not impossible that he should
have been the unanimous choice of
the electoral college. As against a
divided onnosition he might have
carried every state. But Mr. Bryan
fell upon hard lines. He had Wil
liam McKinley against him, a united
republican party and enormous cam
paign resources, as has since de
veloped. Governor Wilson's vote would
have made any of the Bryan cam
paigns appear insignificant. And yet
the impression prevails and will per
sist, that he is the most popular can
didate the democrats nave nameu
since Grover Cleveland.
Mr. Bryan has reason to question
the virtue of his rabbit's foot. Des
Moines Register and Leader.
The Register and Leader falls Into
slight error in saying that tho im
pression prevails that Mr. Bryan was
the worst defeated candidate in re
cent years. The impression general
ly Is what tho election figures indi
cate, that Judge Parker was the
worst beaten candidate.
It will be satisfaction for Mr.
Bryan to know that he polled tho
largest vote ever given a democrat
running for president in Iowa. It
suffices that Governor Wilson se
cured votes enough to win. Mr. Bryan
is not the manner of man who will
.rinnt nvr his relative victory and
Governor Wilson not the sort of man
who will envy him tho distinction
that is his. "There is glory enough
for all." Dubuque (Iowa) Telegraph-Herald.
College Presidei t "You can't get
into our college. You aren't quali
fied in the entrance requirements in
Sanskrit, Greek, or Calculus."
Prospective Student "No, but I
am very well grounded in reading,
writing, and arithmetic.''
College President "Gret Scott,
man you don't need a college educa
tion! Why don't you go into busi
The Wit of Description
There aro a great many things In
tho Bible that wo should call witty,
or even humorous, if wo were to run
across them in any other book.
When tho Architect of this depart
ment wants a particularly good
description of a man, couched in few
words, or wants a dart to aim at
some evil, he always hastens to the
Good Book, for there he can find
just what ho wants, told in tho fewest
words and in tho best way.
I am reminded of this by tho recent
political situation. Wo had a can
didate for a third torm as presi
dent who was making lots of
promises of what ho was going to do
if re-elected. But what about tho
two terms he had already corved?
Well, right there's whore I turn
to tho Good Book to get my story.
Turn to Jeremiah 46 and read
tho description of Pharoah, king of
Egypt. Pharoah made a lot of
promises and secured a lot of allies.
But Pharoah and his allies were de
feated, whereupon tho allies picked
up their munitions of war and left
him, saying in tones of disgust:
"Pharoah, King of Egypt is but a
noise; ho hath let tho appointed
time pass by."
Think that over, and I believe
you'll appreciate its application to
the recent situation.
court; or do you think Uiat is all
my contempt is worth "crely in tho
case now at bar?"
Helng a question somewhat In
volved tho court doomod It neces
sary to tako It under advisement,
pending which tho court also took a
vacation of four or five months, on
salary, of course.
A man In far Saskatchewan
Had eggs, but couldn't hatchaono.
His hens no uso
Ho turned tl em Iooeo,
And now he can not ca,tGhaone.
Potash "Cohen can nefer make
a goot goluf blayer."
Perlmutter"For vy not?"
Potash "He nefer hollers fore
always he yells dree ninedy-elght."
Husband "I don't believe that
fable about the whale swallowing
Wife "Why not? That's noth
ing to what you expect me to swal
"What's tho matter with your
"Oh, I've been fishing, and taking
so many fish off tho hooks and
handling so many lines has put my
hands in mighty bad shape."
"Uh-huh, Binks! By tho way, lot
mo seo your tongue."
Dull Old Saws
"Talk is cheap." But do you be
lieve it when you pay your telephone
"Misery loves company." But do
you believe It when some fellow in
sists on telling you his troubles
while you are anxious to tell him
"A stitch in time saves nine?"
What about the one in your side?
"A new broom sweeps clean."
Any housewife knows better.
"Give the Devil his due." Don't
you worry; he'll get it.
"Like father like son." Wouldn't
this bo a tough old wond if it were
"Early to bed and early to rise,
etc." If everybody always followed
it what a lot of blessings in litera
ture and invention we would have
"Better late than never." It all
depends on what you do.
"Spare the rod and spoil the
child." There speaks the brute.
More boys have been spoiled by de
nrlvincr them of flshlngrodj than
have been spoiled by sparing them
"Stop!" thundered the irato
Judge. "You are fined $25 for con
tempt of court?'
Stepping to tho clerk's desk with
tho money in hand, the offending
"In order that there may be no
misunderstanding, your honor, I de
sire to ask a question."
"What is it, sir?"
"Am I to understand that this
amount, $25, represents all the con
tempt you think can be held for the
"What is tho secrot of IMngorly's
"He has always played the busi
ness game In tho opon."
A Young Financier
Another friend of this department,
Frank Klalrs of Kankakee, 111.,
sends in a little story which I strong
ly suspect relates to a juvenile mem
ber of his own family. Hero It is:
Little Warren belongs to the
Junior society of a local Sunday
school. Recently upon return from
a meeting of tho society Warron said
to his fathor: "Papa I must have
two cents." "What for?" asked
papa. "'Cause wo had to pay our
s'clety dues today and I didn't have
any money, so I borrowed It of the
preacher," was tho astonishing reply.
This reclpo Is only for those who
butcher their own hogs and render
out tho household supply of lard
right on tho promises. Only these
can supply tho necessary ingredients.
Savo tho "cracklin's" at lard render
ing timo, mix a few with tho corn
meal you work up into the old-fashioned
corn bread and bake in tho
good old way. Don't use too many
"cracklin's" as thoy make the bread
too rich. If you've never oaten
"genuine cracklin' " piping hot, ac
companied by a glass of rich butter
milk, you've missed a treat.
Of Couro Not
Binks "Look here, Jinks; did
you tell Finks that I was a prevari
cator?" Jinks-"Certainly not! What's
the use ho knows it already."
Little Richard was told that if he
ate" too many pears ho would be sick,
but ho persisted. Lator he admitted
that he had eaten too many.
"I told you what would happen,
son," said his mamma. "Now you
are sorry you ato bo many, are you
"No, I'm not, mamma; but my
stomach Is," replied the little fellow.
"In this great and glorious coun
try of ours," exclaimed the politi
cal orator, "there is no north, no
south, no east, no west"
"No wonder wo don't know where
we are at," came a querulous voice
from the outskirts of the crowd.-
HAD TO DO IT
"Why did you strike the deceased
on the head with an oar after he had
rocked the boat and fallen out?"
"Because he knew how to swim."
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