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Vies pi Johnstown Democrat
From Johnstown (Pa.) Democrat.
I am sad for whai ho has done, but
I am not aurnrlHi-.il )
"America will have to porno in. Her
Intervention will shorten tho war "by
months, perhaps ovon by years. Na
poleon said that wars aro won one
quarter by physical forco and three
quarters by moral forces. Such an
irresistible moral forco will bo tho
arrival of tho United States. It will
paralyze Germany. America is co
lopsally rich and never was so rich
part, for .a fourth oup of coffee. Noth- PXRoin ' u Lr.r whiuiurws, as now. She can Unancc tho muni
ing so pleases these critics as to at- S? !fi J?2Re, tha no OMUons of all the weaker nations and
tfO FOURTH ClJP bfe1 COFFEE
It was quite to have been expect
ed thatMr Bryan's retirement from
the cabinet should have been inter-
man, so bent- was it on discrediting
him before the, country, that over
and over again the Ho was repeated,
that he was scheming, to grasp tho
Months before the Baltimore con
vention, Mr,. Bryan told the editor of
nrAtnrl Kv- n.p.rtain . nf liia rrJHei n n',,. " ' '' "V4"
fnn PPMmimi.rv,,fn .a. Honing nn.hln V".S Pai)Gr that hO Was tlot a Candi-
r J !, 7T t '::. aaLe and would not be a candidate.
tribute to the Nebraskan an
Ills WOUld do anvthlnc in wnnnnrt ihn
Un- folan IrYlnnniinUn I. i . 1 a. ..
least for nominations.. reason for his attitude in the matter
A few days ago' the Pittsburg Dis-,tbat he voiced, at Baltimoro when it
patch printed an absurd special from, was proposed to. put him in second
Atlantic City, written by its Wash- place. "For sixteen years I have
ington correspondent, Mr. Louis' Peon a fighting man," ho said. "I
St'rayer, setting .forth details of a bavo not hesitated, to speak out; I
movement about to be launched by .have not, hesitated to arouse the hos-
Mr. Bryan and his 'friends with the 'tility and enmity of . individuals
object of nominating him 'for the where, in behalf of my country, I
presidency toil a platform pledging felt it my duty to do so. I recognize
him to 'a program of peace, prdhibi- that a man who fights must carry
tion'and female suffrage. It was scars and long ago I decided that I
said "that ItoHobsori is to7)e his run- bad been in so many battles and had
ning mate.' ' ' alienated so -many that my party
That no, such movement jias been ought to have the leadership of some
started or. even considered either by ono WJ nad1 ot thus offended and
Mr. Bryan, or by any of his real who " !Bh lead with neater
friends goes' without saying. Mr hoPe of victory.
Bryan,, is, at .least not a fool. And.l. That ho saw in Woodrow Wilson
certainly he wpuid .prove himself one tnfs leadership and that no threw
were he to lend himself for a'mo-.hm8elf with a nis heart and soul
ment to ,a purpose so utterly fantastic into the fight which ended in a sweep
as that of hitching himself, up withlg victory only thoso who can not
Hobson.in a. .race for the presidency, pe fair to the Nebraskan will deny.
In this connection it may be worth 'And only they will deny that his ser
while to recall, a speech made by Mr. lvIce to the president as the head of
Bryan in the el'osinc hours of the his cabinet was marked by deference,
Baltimore convention, after some one sincerity and what some regarded as
had stupidly proposed to select bim self-effacement, the relations between
for Governor Wilson's running mate, tho old leader "and the new wearing
Mr. Bryan took the platform ana in none of 'the aspects of rivalry 'and
a shor t,. address . which was wonder4. revealing, nothing but an earnest de-
vlsionary? With tho entire jingo
press deriding and reviling him?
With Big Business pointing at klm
with' tho finger of scorn? With even
some of his former friends jeering at
him becauso ho had sacrificed dtfla
to conviction and consistency? JWn
Bryan would be a dignified figure In
deed if he had rcmaucd silent amid
the storm of abuse, vituperation, mis
representation and venomous caluraf
ny which was Immediately let loose
when tho fact was given out from
the Whlto house.
fully, (impressive j .hq.said :
'"'FpV.l'G'1 years'! llSve; ;been a fight-
sire qn, thwart of the' forifacr to lend
all possible aid ta, making 'the admin
istration of tho latter successful in
. ! . i T . . ...... .
mg man. jrerrorming wnat i regard-vii , .rPeftt. ,inr?Artakfnf?.
tf fnt? Lh7vlrv0thit1 That he has left the cabinet the
'nw.ft SffiS .IfLP"biiC. better and' more freely to press the
Tiin f, fi, ! Z. i,f . ,i propaganda of peaco is but a fresh
pie of'the nation for settlement; and , ' ?. - . nnrTtM,nn otw, y,,Q
I have not hesitated to arouse the
hostitlity and the enmity of Individ
vindication of his conviction and his
lofty purpose. A different typo of
i man wouja nave swauoweu ma prm
I "Li duty, ta do so. ".I have Uk M B t t h!s con-
any. enemies . in this country, those Itf abQV0 n th , consIdera.
?lt?.imuVuy,tions and to carry his case to the
of hatred.1 There is not one human
being for whom I feel a hatred.
great court of public opinion. He
has done this' frankly, earnestly, con-
.T - .1 j.i j. . .r. ... . . .
x icuuiujitju uiui. . uiitu wuu vincmgly; ana we tmnic even ms en
fights must carry the scars and long'emien aro coming slowly to perceive
before this campaign commenced, I that ho is a better friend of Wood
decided that I had been in so many row wil son and" a stronger force for
battles and had alienated so many, g0od in tli; democr-iiic party than
that my party ought to have the lead- those who shout "firmness," who
ership of some one who had not thus prate of "national honor" and who
uuenaea ana wno tnus mignt ieaa are doing their utmost to drag us in
with greater hope of victory.
to a war which pursuit of the Bryan
"Tonight I come with joy to sur- policy would infallibly make impos-
render into the hands of the 'one sible.
chosen by this convention a standard
which I have carried in three cam
paigns, and I challenge my enemies
to declare that it has ever been low
ered in he face of the enemy. The
THE HOPE OF BRITAIN .
Moreton Frewen, the British econ
omist, undoubtedly voices theope
will bo a big brother to every little
state when the terms of tho great
peaco arc under discussion."
Ono can almost hear tho British
lion lick his chops at this heartening
recital of our moral force, our colos
sal riches and our ability "(o finance
tho munitions of all tho weaker na
tions." The spectacle of Undo Sam
playing Big Brother to John Bull In
his present extremity is m:o to warm
the cockles In coldei neuris than that
of TVIoreton Frewen.
But is Uncle Sam goJntf to assume
this role? Has ho any reason for do
Inp, so? Aro wo btjimd to follow our
nationals Into any zone of danger
that it may please them to enter?
Shall we offer up ten thousand or
nossibly a hundred thousand or a
m'.llion lives as a sacrifice to Mars
beitause a handful of Americans lost
theirs through needlessly adventur
ing where prudence forbade their
Mr. Frewen apparently uses ex
treme language when ho asks how an
all-powerful, high spirited nation
like, tho United States can "permit
it&, citizens to bo murdered in cold
bitod." The citizens in question were
passengers on a belligerent mer
chantman which is alleged to have
been carrying munitions of war, con
traband and recruits; and they lost
tbelr lives when thin vessel was atr
tacked in the frar zone by a German
submarine. Wo do not excuso tho
ac,t. Wo deplore it most profoundly.
Yet wo aro able to understand tho
German point of view and to realize
that tho Germans believed them
selves at least no greater offenders
than the British in their effort to
Tho Englishman whom wo have
ouotcd may be right This country
may indeed be drawn into tho world-
war. But wo aro periecuy uuruuu
that this would not and could not
happen were tho Bryan policy rol
lowed rather than tho old policy
whose history is written in blood.
Mr. Bryan has dono tho president
p. grcnt service in tho direct appeal
ho has mado to tho German people
in this country. As a result of this
appeal it seems certain that Germans
will havo a hotter understanding of
a situation which has been perhaps
tho moBt trying that ever confronted
the laud of their adoption. The
president himself perhaps could
hardly havo said as much us Mr. Bry- '
an has said, and Mr. Bryan in office
could hardly with propriety have
dono so. But what ho says is timely
and it should bo persuasive.
WntMait K. ColemaNf
D.C. Advice and hooka frr.
HaU-fl rcftaonftble. Hlelteat referencca. Botteerrleea.
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same belief that led me to prefer an- of Great Britain and her allies In de-
other for the presidency, rather than cianng, as no am m a pe "
be a candidate myself, leads me to days ago, that tho United States will
prefer another rather than myself bo drawn inevitably into the worm
to be a candidate for vice-president." war. Ho declared that circumstances
TTiin wn n nnWf, nonfirmatlon of again Will DO Siruugur tuu " -
what he had been saying privately to
his fr.iends for months. Time after
time before the Baltimore conven
tion, as well as during its sessions,
he had told reporters who were ac
cusing him by implication of a dark
termination of the pacifists, contin
"Nobody doubted that Mr. Asquith
and Sir Edward Grey made every sac
rifice save one to avoid war. Pres
ident Wilson and Secretary Bryan,
since the sinking of tho Lusitania,
design on the nomination, insisting since the simting oliuu ""-
that he was endeavoring to create a have been exactly where wo .were Jn
Rit.im.t1nn f of lnli li nmilfl nlltr.k AuCUSt. lUQeeU IUB cBmCufcD '
another personal triumph, that he
had no desire tp continue in the party
I . . ii.in.nhlo Vion Mir a
he tion is more xmuici .., -.
was then, for now, anw VffTrZ
warnings; fn all-powerful high
words and the exact argument put spirited nauoni ""..
leadership, using almost the exact
wor.as an,u tne exact argument, put,D4 -."- - - . h miirderad
forth later in the speech just quoted.! permit ig cIUmiw to Je i murdered
ionn laier in me speecn jusi, quoieu. !!-. -.", Mr Bryan haa re
But.so besotted was the anti-Bryan in cold Wood' Mr. "tfcTrestenea.
prss with its.own conception of the .signed just as Lord Morley resignta.
"If Mr. Bryan disapproved of the
president's policy toward Germany
he had a right to quit the cabinet
and a right to keep his mouth shut
about what had occurred there. Ho
had no right to go further than to
say that he was unwilling to sign
the letter which the president was
determined to send." Philadelphia
But he did have a right of self-
defense, hadn't he? Or is the Beqord
unwilling to grant him even so
much? Perhaps Mr. Bryan might
have talked less had his enemies not
been so vociferous, so virulent and
so malicious. It was not Mr. Bryan
whp disclosed the fapt that the Ger
man note was greatly changed after
his resignation had been tendered
and accepted. That disclosure was
made by Acting Secretary Lansing.
And it was made after papers like
the Record has denounced Mr. Bryan
as a traitor and as a white-livered
weakling who merited the contempt
of all red-blooded men.
"Had Mr. Bryan resigned and re
mained silent be would still be a
dignified figure." New York World.
With the World denouncing him
as a coward and an ingrate? With
otners branding him as a traitor, a
weakling, a poltroon, a dangeroas
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