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Mrs. Bryan Addresses Mothers' Meeting
The members of the mothers as
sociations of Knoxville, Tennessee,
had their inning at the exposition
Saturday, October 11, when they
acted as hostess to Mrs. William Jen
nings Bryan, wife of the secretary of
Saturday was one of the very big
gest of the exposition. It was Bryan
and peace day, Sunday school and
mothers' day all rolled into one, and
by Bryan day was meant Mr. and
Mrs. Bryan both, for the wife of the
distinguished secretary- shared honors
equally with her husband, and not
only did she share honors, but she
shared with him in having a place in
the day'fi program.
Mrs. Bryan spoke Saturday morn
ing in the exposition auditorium, and
Secretary Bryan spoke in the after
noon at the marble band stand.
Large audiences heard both. Mr.
Bryan has frequently visited Knox
ville, and his genial smile and hearty
handshake are well known, but this
was Mrs. Bryan's first visit to Knox
ville and the fact that she accom
panied her husband on this trip made
the great "commoner" doubly wel
come Tall and dignified, in appearance,
sympathetic and interested in man
ner, easy and direct as a platform
speaker, airs. Bryan is just the sort
of woman one would choose as the
helpmeet for one of the greatest
statesmen of tho day.
The exercises in the auditorium
Saturday morning were under the
.auspices of the mothers' associations
of this city and were in celebration
of mothers' day. Mrs. Bryan was the
chief speaker and the large hall was
more than comfortably filled with
men and women out to hear her
Mrs. Herbert C. Sa'nford, president
of the central association of mothers
of Knoxville, presided and made the
address of welcome to Mrs. Bryan, on
behalf of the mothers of this city.'
Mrs. Sanford said that the people
of this section were especially glad
to have Secretary and Mrs. Bryan as
Grnyc-Nut a Perfectly II nl need Pood.
No chemist's analysis of Grape
Xuts can begin to show the real value
of the food the practical value as
shown by personal experience.
It is a food that is perfectly bal
anced, supplies the needed elements
for both brain and body in all stages
of life 'from the infant, through the
strenuous times of active middle life,
and is a comfort and support in old
"For two years I have used Grape
Nuts with milk and a little cream,
for breakfast. I am comfortably
hungry for my dinner at noon.
"I use little meat, plonty of vege
tables and fruit, in season, for the
noon meal, and if tired at tea time,
take Grape-Nuts alone and feel per
"Nerve and brain power and mem
ory are much improved since using
Grape-Nuts. I am over sixty and
weigh 155 lbs. My son and husband
seeing how I had improved are now
"My son, who is a traveling man,
eats nothing for breakfast but Grape
Nuts and a glass of milk. An aunt,
over TO, seems .fully, -lourished on
Grape-Nuts and cream." "There's a
Name given by Postum Co., Battle j
roeK, .wicli. Keau "Tne uoau io
Wellville," in pkgs.
Ever read the above letter? . A new
ouq appears from time to time.' They
are genuine, true, and full of human
their guests, for they admire the
Bryan ideals of Christian citizenship
and that these ideals are such as the
people of this section desire to seo
implanted in their children. "Your
stand for temperance," said Mrs.
Sanford (speaking to the Bryans)
"meets the strongest approval of the
people of Tennessee."
Miss Mary Boyce Tcninle. who was
chairman for Peace day, and who
wrote to Mrs. Bryan extending to her
the invitation from tho woman's
board to visit Knoxville, was tho next
speaker, Sho expressed her pleasure
at having been instrumental in bring
ing Mrs. Bryan to tho city, and then
introduced Mrs. Bryan.
Mrs. Bryan's Address
Mrs. Bryan was gowned in a white
corduroy tailored suit, and wore a
hat trimmed with purple 'flowers.
Sho is a very calm, deliberato and
direct speaker. Sho uses no notes,
and talks an if she were accustomed
to addressing largo audiences. Her
voice is well modulated and has ex
cellent carrying power.
Mrs. Bryan's talk was especially to
mothers, and was repleto with home
ly, practical, common sense ideas.
The speaker began by saying that
she believes in Woman's meetings
and in woman's clubs. Sho said it
has been twenty-nine years since-she
joined her first woman's club and
that since that time shd has main
tained her interest in these organiza
tions. But," she said, "my ideals of club
work havo changed during these
years, as v.oman's club intoesU have
changed. I" now am moro interested
in topics and affaii'M of the day than
in tho study of ait cr poetry in club
meetings. Women's clubs have made
great strides in tho past few years.
Civic pride and a sense of civic .duty
havo grown among women; they
havo accomplished many modern re
forms, and tho club woman of today
is to bo congratulated upon tho pro
gress sho has made."
Mrs. Bryan said that the things wo
learn when young are those that re
main with us, and that tho mothers
have the privilege and duty of teach
ing tho raco its first lessons. Sho
mentioned four things that sho said
every mother should teach her chil
dren, and took them up one at a time
.and enlarged upon the importance
of each. They wero cleanliness,
thrift-, sobriety and godliness.
The speaker made a strong plea
for .the father's influence and active
co-operation with the mother in
training and teaching the child the
correct ideals of life. She proposed
that the exposition mako provision
for a "father's day" as it has done
for a "mother's day." The sugges
tion was applauded roundly.
The importance of parents being
what they want their children, to be
was then touched upon. "We cannot
give out the things we do not pos
sess," said Mrs. Bryan, "therefore
the parents must possess the. quali
ties they strive to impress upon their
nhiiiiran Thfc is vrrv imnnrtant for
the child will detect any falsehood
and actions speak louder than words."
Mr. Bryan Heard
Following Mrs. Bryan's address,
the secretary of state was called for
and although his appearance was
scheduled for the afternoon, he was
compelled to say a few words in tae
Mr. Bryan said that he was not
going to spoil what his wife had said
by talking himself; that this was her
meeting,.and if the people wanted to
hear him,.they would have the oppor
tunity of doing so Jn the afternoon.
The secretary then took occasion to
pay a beautiful tribute to his "wife
and to motherhood in the abstract.
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