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Delaware's "dry" territory, while
dealers in New Castle county, which
is license territory, were prohibited.
Delaware has only three counties. An
attempt to secure the enactment of
a more rigid law affecting the two
counties failed. Failure also, attend
ed an effort to obtain favorable li
At this writing the Wisconsin legis
lature was still in session. No pro
hibition bill was pending in either
house, but several restrictive meas
ures were waiting action. In those
states that have not been mentioned
either no action was taken on the
liquor question or the legislatures
were not in session.
THE JINGO FURY
Caldwell (O.) Press.
The mouthpieces of the predatory
interests and the puppets of the
plunderbund ca:-t say anything too
hateful about Bryan. These are the
papers that earlier in his career
execrated and reviled him with a
malignity as only such "kept" papers
employ against anyone who threat
ens their dignified piracy.
These papers have always been
against Bryan and the Bryan policies
because they were dangerous to their
graft. They have not been so active
the past year or two because a right
eous public sentiment would not
stand for their billingsgate. But now
that they think they can safely do
so, they have loosed the floodgates
and unleashed their tongues to their
old style of attack. These are the
papers whose cheerful custom was to
kill Bryan at least once a day and
froth at the mouth tho balance of
this time. Intemperate judgment
and venomous expression was their
stock in trade. It is so again and
probably will be so long as Bryan re
mains in the .public eye. They nev
er, never can forgive him for preach
ing and teaching a civic righteous
ness so far above them as to be in
comprehensible. It helped to spoil
their graft and they mouth and
gnash their fangs in impotent fury.
It reminds one of a bunch of bench
legged, hairy-mDuthed flstes ky-yiing
at the heels of a great mastiff. He
trots along with his head in the air
insensible to their angry clatter, as
though they did not exist. They
don't so far as he is concerned. J.
BASE INGRATITUDE TO BRYAN
The San Francisco Star.
In thq San Francisco morning pa
pers we read many things that are
not only untrue, but have no shad
ow of foundation. The Chronicle
prints a letter from a person signing
himself "Jeffersonian," asserting that
the "local Federal Brigade, who for
the most part, owe their appoint
ments to his influence, now, that "he
is no longer a power 'with the ad
ministration, shun him" William
Jennings Bryan "as though he had
the plague." Of course, "the Fed
eral Brigade" should not act in that
manner if it does.
A few days after the eruption of
"Jeffersonian" 'in the Chronicle, the
always reliable Hearst said editorial
ly: "When Mr. Bryan no longer sec
retary of state and wholly out of fa
vor came to San Francisco .the oth
er day, thq absence of the Federal
Brigadiers from any place that Mr.
Bryan was apt to be was at once no
ticeable and unanimous. With one
accord they all had business else
That puts the "Federal Brigadiers"
in rather a, bad light, doesn't it?
Hearst's editorial assertion was pub
lished July 13, five days after the
luncheon given in honor of Mr. Bry
an at the San Francisco Press club.
At that luncheon, seated at the
speaker's table with Mr. Bryan, were
the following "Federal Brigadiers"
obviously placed in a conspicuous
position so that they might shun the
guest of honor:
Tho postmaster of San Francisco;
the assistant postmaster-general; the
surveyor of customs; the collector
of internal revenue; the appraiser of
customs; the secretary of the United
States senate; tho naval ofllcer of
customs. The last named member of
the "Federal Brigade" was one of
the speakers. The collector of cus
toms was not at the luncheon, but
entertained Mr. and Mrs. Bryan at
After the luncheon, which was at
tended only by members of the Press
club and invited guests, the forego
ing basely ungrateful "Federal Brig
adiers" remained to spend half an
hour with Mr. Bryan, who talked
with them and did not appear to no
tice that they were absent on account
of "business elsewhere."
The San Francisco "Federal Brig
adiers" further emphasized their
base' ingratitude and determination
to shun Mr. Bryan by appearing at
other functions when he was the
guest of honor, and by calling on
him at his hotel. Which goes to
show that ingratitude has more than
one way of manifesting itself. And
it may be taken as evidence that
sometimes Hearst even tlie truth
ful Hearst is somewhat careless in
his statements. Several Hearst re
porters were at the Press club lunch
eon to Bryan, and doubtless noticed
the absence of the "Federal Briga
diers" who were present.
THE WORLD CAN NOT AFFORD
TO LOSE SO GREAT A MAN
From Sacramento, Cal., Bee, July
Crying out through the lips of
Bias, the voice of Ignorance clam
ors against William Jennings Bryan,
shrieking, "Crucify him! Crucify
If one were to heed the ranting
of the unthinking of those who de
ify and dethrone as prejudice directs
the retiring secretary of state for
ever has written himself outside the
pale of those Americans to whom the
future will grant a moment's consid
eration, not to think of laurel leaves.
These shallow minds measure the
Kanf vv HiPir vnm hrain tanes.
With them, a public act which
eveu the best friends of the retired
secretary of state must acknowledge
to have been a lamentable error, out
weighs a lifetime of achievement.
Much of this bitter and unfair re
pudiation comes from malice.
With many, the wish that Bryan
would be dead forever as a moral
force is father to the declaration that
As many of these critics are tools
of "the malefactors of great wealth"
whom Bryan figuratively has skinned
alive more than once, their estimate
may be taken with considerable salt.
But there are some who have
been with Bryan hitherto on more
than one occasion, who have been
led astray by the clamor of the mo
ment and who begin to fear the use
fulness of the man is past.
That is far from true. -"
What they mistake for a total
eclipse is but a temporary shadow.
Let us be just, even as we cen
sure! No man who knows Bryan can feel
that he did as he did from other than
motives of the noblest purity, from
wellsnrings of the highest conscience.
His whole life gives the lie to any
And notrione this nation but the
who?e world-yea, great Humanity
hPrself--owes him a deep debt of
graUtude which never can be fully
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catured. misunderstood, the Bryan-
isms that other days sneered at rre
today woven into the very warp and
woof of our national statutes.
Never president, ho has secured
and maintained a nest In tho heart
of hearts of the American people
which very few presidents ever have
William Jennings Bryan made
Woodrow Wilson tho president of
these United States.
In the tempestuous times at the
nniHmnre convention, when every
day was an Iliad and every night
an Odyssey, there was not an hour
in which Bryan could not havo nom
inated himself for the presidency.
But he was loyal to principle. He
sank self to advance honor.
Vowing tho party should not be
come tho thrall of Ryan, Belmont,
and Murphy ho at the same time
was determined its regeneration
should be free from the slightest
suspicion of personal ambition.
All official Washington knows, the
president himself acknowledges, and
history will attest, that as secretary
of state, Bryan was to his chief as a
faithful Newfoundland dog to his
He submerged self entirely thus
confounding those marplots who
would havo it that he intended to be
This great American Is now in Cal
He honors tho atato by his
presence tho presence of a man
whoso past work for humanity will
glow all the brighter as tho years go
marching on a man whose splendid
laurels, honorably won, can not be
filched from him because of any er
ror in tho present a man destined
to add many now immortelles to a
prnwn nf atrhp.vo.mont that in t.odav
'an honor and a glory to the American
For William Jennings Bryan is too
big a man, too great a character, too
noble a soul, to be lost to a world
which ill could afford to bo deprived
of his genius and his counsel.
And those who hope, and pray, and
work, and fight for better things
for mankind and womankind feel
that, if God spares him, Bryan will
bo for many years to como a torch
bearer to light thdowntrodden and
oppressed of this wfcrtb on to tho
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