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About The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923 | View Entire Issue (March 14, 1913)
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WILLIAM J. BRYAN, EDITOR AND PROPRIETOR
VOL, 13, NO. 10
Lincoln, Nebraska, March 14, 1913
Whole Number 634
A CALL TO SERVICE
1 summon all honest men, all patriotic, all forward-looking men, to my side. God
helping me, I will not fail them, if they but counsel and sustain me!" President Wood
row Wilson in his inaugural address.
A Bit of Humor
Those who enjoy humor are having a good
laugh over Colonel Roosevelt's latest utterance.
Speaking recently, ho said!
"The progressive party will amalgamate with
neither of tho old parties, both of which are boss
controlled and privilege ridden. We believe that
In each of these parties, however, there are hun
dreds of thousands of good honest men and
women who are progressives. The only place
for them Is in our party. Wo will welcome in
and we will treat them on an exact equality with
ourselves, paying not tho slightest heed to
whether they are ex-republicans or ex-democrats.
We are all progressives together and nothing else
we of the progressive party, and ours is the only
party competent to mould right the future of
this mighty republic."
This is certainly delightful. To have him re
ceive the vice presidency and the presidency at
tho hands of Wall street, then join Wall street in
electing Mr. Taft and after that try to get th
republican party to nominate him for a third
time and then invite democrats to accept him
as the only simon-pure progressive!
Isn't it rich?
How con he keep his face straight when he
claims a monopoly of the reform sentiments of
the country for his party?
The democratic patty, after leading tho pro
gressive forces of the nation for a generation,
is not likely to surrender the standard into the
hands of so now a recruit. The democratic party
has earned the right to march at the head of the
procession and its commander-in-chief. Presi
dent Wilson, 'Is hi the 'saddle.
But Colonel Roosevelt will servo the country
well if he holds the progressive republicans to
gether until they feel justified in connecting
themselves with the democratic party. No
hurry, but that is the logical course.
By the way, what is Colonel Roosevelt say
ing about those Wilson antf-trust laws in New
A BIT OF HUMOR
THE NEW SENATE
PRESIDENT WILSON'S CABINET
THE SINGLE TERM AMENDMENT
ONE OF THE SADDEST STORIES
VICE AND LOW WAGES
KEEPING THE FAMILY TOGETHER
MISTAKEN ABOUT LINCOLN
NEWS OF THE WEEK
OUR INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
. A gathering of newspaper men at tho depart
ment of state in Washington city asked Secre
tary Bryan what would be tho foreign policy
under this administration. Mr. Bryan made tho
"I do not caro to speak of our foreign rela
tions or our nation's position in relation to any
particular nation or question, but my views on
our national position are expressed in the clos
ing words of the speech which I delivered at
Indianapolis August 8, 1900. Tho words to
which I refer are as follows, and show that I am
In hearty accord with President Wilson on his
desire to promote international peace and good
"I can conceive of a national destiny sur
passing the glories of the present and tho past
a destiny which meets tho responsibilities of
today and measures up to tho possibilities of
tho futuro. Behold a republic, resting secure
ly upon tho foundation stones quarried by revo
lutionary patriots from the mountain Of eternal
truth a republic applying In practice and pro
claiming to tho world tho self-evident proposi
tions that all men are created equal; that
they are endowed by their Creator with inalien
able rlghft; that governments are instituted
among men to secure those rights, and that
governments derive their just powers from the
consent of tho governed. Behold a republic In
which civil and religious liberty stimulate all to
earnest endeavor and In which the law restrains
every hand uplifted for a neighbor's Injury a
republic In which every citizen is a sovereign,
but in which no one cares or dares to wear a
"Behold a republic standing erect while em
pires all aTound are bowed beneath tho weight
of their own armaments a republic whose flag
Is loved while other flags are only feared. Be
hold a republic increasing in population, in
wealth, in strength and In influence, solving
the problems of civilization and hastening the
coming of an universal brotherhood a republic
which shakes thrones and dissolves aristocracies
by its silent example and gives light and Inspira
tion to those who sit in darkness. Behold a
republic gradually but surely becoming tho su
preme moral factor In the world's progress and
tho accepted arbiter of tho world's disputes a
republic whose history, like the path of the just,
'is as tho shining light that shineth more and
more unto the perfect day.' "
In imposing sentence upon the convicted
officials of the cash register trust. Judge Hollis
ter of Cincinnati, said: "You men belong to tho
walk of life which should set the example. You
have lost the opportunity that was given you
by the methods which you pursued. In your
desire for gain you forgot everything else. The
government is strong enough to protect its
people, whether this protection extends to the
transportation of dynamite across the land for
the purpose of blowing up bridges or to the lay
ing of hands upon men who seek to stifle com
petition by illegal business methods."
Judgo Hollister'fl remarks ought to be read
by every American citizen.
The inauguration of President Wilson and
Vice President Marshall could not have been
moro impressive. Assembled in tho sonato
chamber when tho vice president took tho oath
of office wero representatives of all partios and
sections of our own country, nnd of all tho lead
ing nations of tho world, with bowed heads.
These men, all of them exorcising authority
and many of them great authority bowed while
tho chaplain in a most felicitously worded
prayer, acknowledged tho higher authority of
the Heavenly Father, and invoked His blessing
upon those retiring from, as well as thoso enter
ing into, official position.
Tho vico president's speech wan a characteris
tic one, full of thought and vigor and roplets
with epigrams. It will bo moro read and com
mented upon than any similar speech delivered
in many a year.
Then come tho administering of tho oath to
tho president-elect a solemn act performed
amid a hush, broken only by tho applause that
followed when tho now president turned to
address the assembled multitude. Tho lesson
taught by what followed ought not to bo lost
upon our own people and upon those who look
to us for an example.
A nation of moro than ninety millions of In
habitants passed peacefully from ono adminis
tration to anothor the now administration
representing what must be regarded as scarcely
Father, in this, Thy son, who comes to take
This solemn oath today
Aro gathered all a nation's hopes and fears
Guide him aright, wo pray.
Thy childreli, groping blindly toward tho light
Throughout tho ages long,
Havo often missed tho purpose of Thy thought
And blundered into wrong.
But still with forward facc3 toward the right,
We leave tho troubled past;
At birth endowed with breath of God, we must
Look upward to tho last,
And come before Thy mystic, unseen ,throne.
With naught of pomp today,
To bring the chosen leader of our race
And humbly kneel and pray.
Wo can not point the way that he should walk
Thy thoughts beyond us rise.
And so we ask Thee, Lord to ever lift-
The veil before his eyes.
Show him Thy light, and from Thy bounty
To him a vision clear,
That he may lead us on our forward way
Devoid of guile or fear.
. Mrs. Frances McKinnon Morton, in Chrfstia
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