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. f The Commoner VOL. 15, NO. 3 10 I1 IV IiV ft H m ft' fc i,"V V' 3$. ., vt' I v Mr. Bryan to Indiana Editors Secretary Bryan was a guest at the banquet of the Indiana Democratic Editorial association, at the Denlson hotel, Indianapolis, Indiana, on Thursday evening, February 4, 1915. He was introduced by Mrs. Mindwell Crampton-Wilson, of Delphi, Indiana, who spoke as follows: "In looking over the history of the Indiana Democratic Editorial association, I find that its real birthday was on January 5, 1881. The first meeting of editors was called, so the records tell us, for tho purposo of bringing into closer rela tion these moulders of public opinion and for tho purpose of promoting the welfare of the party. Tho Indiana Democratic Editorial association, from its birth to this time, has stood steadfastly with tho people, by tho people, and for the peo ple, maintaining that exact justice is the heritage of all and special privileges are vouchsafed to none. The democracy of Indiana has, in the past, met many defeats, but invariably it has come up smiling. Perseverance, you know, is one of the main characteristics of the average Indianian. This was demonstrated early in President Wil son's administration, when a wiseacre of our state, refusing to be disinherited, wrote to him as follows: 'My dear Mr. President: I understand you are going to take a month off to destroy the great monument of letters asking you for jobs. If everything else is gone, x would. like the job of destroying thoso letters "Year after year at these banquets, we have sat enrapt, listening to tho words and addresses of senators, national committeemen and legisla tors, but it remained for the association in 1915 to succeed in bringing to Indiana the great star of the international firmament, who socially lives in the cause of the oppressed and downtrod den. As a diplomat, he Is a Talleyrand; as an orator, he Is a Gladstone, with the firm deter mination of a Bismarck; as a statesman, he is a Jefferson; as an editor, a Greeley; as an evangel- - 1st, a Paul, and yet withal one who has the sweet simplicity and loving kindness of a Lincoln. My friends, it gives me great pleasure tonight to in troduce to you a soldier, statesman, editor and diplomat, and your own advocate of 'Peace on , earth, good will to man,' and one who in purity of purpose and honesty of conviction is ever a domocrat, the Hon. William Jennings Bryan." MR. BRYAN'S ADDRESS "Mr, Toastmaster, Ladies and Gentlemen, and Fellow Journalists, or Editors, or Newspaper Men and Women, whatever title is most pleas ing to you, for I am in a mood to address you by that which you like best: "It is certainly a great pleasure to be here. I can not say that I came from necessity, for it seems to me that if there Is any one state In which it is not necessary that one should come from the outside to speak to you on democracy, it is tho state of Indiana; you are so well sup plied with those who can interpret to you dem ocracy as it is written today. "Down in Washington, we have a very high opinion of Indiana democracy, for you know we have an Indiana democrat who presides with great, ability, and to the satisfaction of that body, over the United States senate. A man who as a candidate for vice president, added great strength to the ticket; I am sure that we can look back over the past and say that we have seldom had, a candidate for vlcti-president who was able to contribute more upon t,he stump than our vice-president did to the. success of the campaign, and I am sure that we have not had one in recent years who meas urerd up more fully to tlie requirements of tliat great office. Wo are proud of Marshall. And them, you know, the leader of the majority in the senate, that is whett thb majority sticks to gether, the leader of the majority in tiie sen ate, is an Indiana man. 1 need not tell you that as far' as I can give expression to democratic .sen timent', he is a very satisfactory leader. Wd are prbiid of Kern, also." ' He is representing not merely the democracy of Indiana, but the dem ocracy of the whole nation in the Bupport' he is giving to the president. ( ; , "And then last fall ypuje-ejecteo;, his colleague , Jn ;th senate, and . I, have' occasion, to know, of,, Shtv.oly, too, because neujs Second upon, tlxe. com mittee with which I have most to deal, the com? mittee on foreign relations. I have always found liim a very earnest supporter of 'tho' Important policies that have been submitted to that com mittee for its consideration. So, with Marshall, and Kern, and Shively there, we have a high opinion of the democracy of Indiana, and I would bo ashamed to come here under the pretense that you needed me. But I am glad to come, because I am selfish enough to want to enjoy myself. And I enjoy being here. I have already commenced to enjoy my self, and from the number of speeches they are allowing me to make I know I am going to have a good time. "I arrived here just in time to see your gov ernor helping to put the lobbyist where ho be longs. I read his defense of that bill and I am satisfied that the bill is right. 1 believed in it even before I read the defense, but I can prob ably give a better reason than I could have given had I not read it, for it states the reason very strongly. With those democrats whom you have loaned to the national government and the demo cratsyou keep rvith you here to tell you what dem ocracy is, I am afraid my speech will be surplus age; my only hope is that my remarks mdy be what lawyers describe as 'surplusage that does not vitiate.' "I am very glad that the women are here with, the men. I share my wife's views on this sub ject. She never has understood why men should want to attend banquets from which the women are excluded,' and I-can not. see, either; I am very sorry she could not come" with me. I can see very readily why women are not excluded here. I think I can say of these women here what I can say of women in public life in Wash ington.. We had some foreigners visiting in Washington a year ago and a luncheon was given in their honor. As they were all men, the wives' of all the leading public men in Washington were invited to the luncheon, and there were about enough wives there to furnish table companions for the foreigners Of course the foreigners were surprised at the beauty and intelligence of the ladies, and. as I am connected with the de partment which deals with foreigners, I revealed a state secret and told them why it is that the wives of our public men are such remarkable women. I explained that it is because when we pick out public men, we pick out the women and then take the husbands who happen to be attached to them. "It is a very safe plan. It is a very safe plan, why? Because woman's intelligence is at the maximum when she selects a husband. And, therefore, the modest, the beautiful and the in telligent women naturally select the men who are best fitted for public life, and then the men have the advantage of all the training' that these wives can give them before the public takes them up. "From what I have seen here tonight I might judge that the editors of this state, instead of go ing into the business upon their own volition, have been selected because of their Vives. And certainly you have an illustration of what, wo men can do in the song that we heard from a woman (referring to Mrs. Hazel Simmons Bowles, who sang a solo) who can even vote without being spoiled. "And tlie speech with which 1 wus presented to you, 1 wish I had heard that Speech when I first began running for president. If J could have sent my eloquent friend and sponsor around to tell the people about me and then stayed at home so that they Would nothave found me out I might have been elected. But, my friends' next to being great I know of nothing more de lightful than to have friends so 'generous as to thinkyoti great; I have found generous friends everywhere, and nowhere have I found friends more generous than in the state of Indiana And I tell you truly that I -would rather have cone down to defeat with the friends who supported' me than "to have been elected to the hiehest office in-the" gift of the people in the world' by' those who were against us in these campaigns and it IS 'my highest ambitiori tb ' retain' S friendship that -I have won" from' those witS' whom I have labored for-now- HnW w,J& years. I I f'u unn-j uwujr.-mB responsibility tharres'tf? WmV the editors 'or bur' woeta!efliJii.ttCoater?fflfiS 5 ... , :r.. V !-YUttf. w naye-iittle but" the weekly press to support the democratic party We have comparatively few great dailies on our side, and it is not likely that we shall have any more. The conditions are such that they do not favor large democratic papers at present. What are those conditions? Let me name them. In the first place, the great daily is a big business enterprise; it costs a great deal of money to run a city daily,- and the men with a great deal of money are not, as a rule, the men who take the deepest interest in the welfare of the common people. The men who own, the great dailies are not associated with the people among whom democratic principles are most admired, and even if a good democrat with lots of money goes into the newspaper field and purchases a daily paper, there are certain influences that operate upon' him. "In nearly all of our large cities there are lo cal issues affecting municipal franchises; a large amount of mpney is centralized in the hands of a few people. They are constantly desiring something from the city government, and it is so valuable to thein to have the newspapers on their side that in every great contest between the plain people of the city and a favor-seeking corpora tion, the big newspapers are generally secured by the favor-seeking corporation. It is difficult, therefore, for these papers to be democratic in the true sense of the word, and as long as these natural monopolies are controlled by franchise holding corporations: you may expect to see these tremendous pecuniary influences exerted against the interests of the people, and the. -big papers will generally be with the corporations. We have to rely, therefore, largely upon our weekly pa pers, for a weekly paper does not cost so much but that the man who owns it can edit it. As a rule, the man' who has money enough to own a great .city paper has not sense, enough to. edit it. Of course, I do not: use this word, in an offensive sense. They have sense enough, financial sense; they have business sense, but they have not the editorial, talent. As a rule, these large papers are owned by men who never write, and the men who write for them can not-own them. Thus you have, a condition that is not ideal. I insist that no man can do his best writing when he has to ask somebody-else. what he can say ,--' The weekly paper can be owned and edited by the same man. When you read an editorial in one of the big daily papers you do not know who wrote it; but when you read an editorial in a country weekly, there is a personality back of the editorial page, and the fact that such a paper has a personality puts the responsibility upon its owner and editor; the value of his paper will be measured by the standing of the man; "The first thing, therefore, that I ask you to remember is the responsibility of the editor of the weekly paper; If the editor of the weekly paper is a man of character and conscience, if he is a man whose word is accepted by the people of his community as the word of a disinterested and patriotic man, he can exert a powerful, influence not only in his community but in moulding the thought of his state. "Now, my friends, I have but a short time to speak to you and I must make ;that short time pay. We won in the campaign two years ago, but not because we had a majority, but because of division in the republican party!' It was for tunate for the country, for if there- ever was a time when we needed in the white house a dem ocrat like Woodrow Wilson, we need him now. ."H,e has more, than made gooj. He has not only been true to the promises 'that we made; he has not only stood steadfast by the.jpo'piti.ons that were taken but he has helped every demo crat In the United .States by answering for them the Jaunts and jeers that dempctats us'd to have to hear. There were lots of good '.people in all the northern states who .seemed" to' have an idea that a- democrat belonged to jthe lower 'order of animals. That a democrat, someho, "tfas inferior Tin intelligence, In 'morals, in" character, and in standing, to the'republican. "". ' , "The republicans' 'had held tlie offices; they had drawn the salaries and, they had, .used them to make an Impr.essive showing.., When they had campaigns they could adv.ertise speakers with big titles, governors, ex-governors,' secretaries, ex secretaries, ambassadors, 'former ambassadors, etc' They .could, use? these djkinguished titles to impress the people., but when, we introduced a public speaker, we had to 'introduce liim 'as Mr. so-and-so, who was once a candidate for some thing.' The ytttlng 'people wereriiauraliy impress ed' with the'dfgiiity1a'iid,prbmiijenc.e; arid there fore, the iritelligtihcb' ana tud'staWding -of great republicans.' But it will be a long while before Rf.