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VOL. 16, NO. 5
'Russia and Italy in caso of dispute Why not
adopt this course In regard to disputes with
Germany, Austria and Belgium? Does any one
doubt that wo would with Belgium? Then why
pot with Germany and Austria? And, while tho
dispute is being investigated, is it too much of
ia concession to friendship to avoid new causes
of dispute, by keeping Americans off of bellig
erent ships going into tho danger zono?
3d. But supposo war can not be averted by a
friendly diplomacy or by resort to tho treaty
plan, thoro is still a third way of escape. Friends,
who desire to remain friends, postpono tho final
eettlemont of their disputes until their anger
can cool, just as a court, in tho interost of jus
tice, adjourns trial until passion subsides. Why
can not tho settlement of disputes between na
tions be postponed until normal conditions are
rcstorod and calm deliberation is possible?
Postponement would be almost certain to result
In an amicablo settlement. Would not that be
better than war? Why should tho nation allow
Itself to bo forced into war to please militarists,
manufacturers of munitions, or the jingo press
that represents them?
If war must come, an unnecessary alternative,
It is better to have it after this war is over
after wo have holped to bring this conflict to a
close, and whon wo could hdvo tho war with tho
eno nation with which wo have our dispute. To
enter this war would bo to take upon ourselves
tho support of European monarchs and the set
tlement of European quarrels. Surely no neu
tral American could want that nation to become
a supporter of either side a course which would
lot only sacrifice American lives on foreign soil,
but which would sow among our own people
discord which would for generations interfere
with tho progress of domestic reforms.
For nearly a year these views have, as oppor
tunity offered, been presented to tho President,
tho senate, tho house and tho country. Do
you approve of thorn? If so, present them in
your own language, and with such elaboration
as you like to those who, as your representa
tives, speak for you on national questions. They
desire to do what you want done. If you fail
to inform them of your wishes you can not com
plain if a subsidized press misleads them by mis
representing your views. If war comes you will
bo willing to make any sacrifice that your coun
try may requiro why not make an effort to pre
vent war? If peace is desirable, is it not worth
whilo to try to preserve it? If you favor a dip
lomacy dressed in civilian's clothes and speaking
the language of friendship tell your represent
atives. If you dosire tho thirty treaty plan applied to
tho dispute with Germany, say so to your rep
resentatives. If you think American citizens should be kept
off of belligerent ships going into the dangor
Eono so Inform your representatives.
If you prefor postponement' of the dispute, if
necessary, to enlisting under the banner of a
king, lot your representatives know your views.
Write if you have the time to write; wire if
tho mails aro too slow; but act at once, and con
tinue to act until the danger of war is passed.
'A few cents now may save you the unspeakable
horrors of this unparalleled war.
W. J. BRYAN.
THE FORD VOTE
Thoro is no way of avoiding tho significance
of tho Ford vote. It was an expression in favor
of peace and a protest againat war. Mr. Ford
does not stand for any political issue; he is not
identified with any economic reform. He stands
lor the ending of war in Europo and against a
preparedness which would commit this country
to tho falso philosophy of Europe.
A vote for Ford, therefore, can not bo mis
understood, and it has alroady had a powerful
effect upon both republicans and democrats. Mr.
Ford organized his expedition to Europo in the
hop of hastening peace there, without tho
thought of affecting tho policy of this country
on the subject of increased armaments.
But tho unexpected has happened.
"God moves in a mysterious way,
His wonders to perforin."
W. J. BRYAN.
If Great Britain had followed the examplo set
toy tho United States government in dealing with
confederate generals at the close of our civil
war, she would not have aroused tho enmities
which sho has by applying the methods recom
mended by -the militarists of tho world
That tho renders of TheCommoner may know
tho facts, the following resume of the results of
tho Nebraska primary is submitted:
A prohibition amendment to the Nebraska
constitution is to bo voted upon next November.
1 advised against tho submission of this amend
ment this year for two reasons, first because I
believe it would be stronger two years hence,
and second because I did not want attention di
verted from national issues during the presi
dential campaign. My advice was not followed,
however, and the issue being before us, I urged
tho democrats of Nebraska to take the side of
prohibition, pointing out the growth of prohi
bition sentiment, and protesting against our
party being made tho champion of the brewery,
the distillery and the saloon. Feeling that it
was a matter of vital concern, not only to the
party but to the state, I devoted nearly a month
to the campaign everywhere appealing to the
members of both parties to nominate candidates
committed to the amendment. This, of course,
alienated the opponents of prohibition in both
parties, and they retaliated by opposing my se
lection as delegate to the national convention
many wet republicans voting in the democratic
primary to defeat me and my brother, Chas. W.
Bryan, who, failing to find any prominent dem
ocrat willing to lead the fight, became a candi
date for the democratic nomination for governor.
The line was drawn on tho prohibition issue and
wo were both defeated.
The vote for governor stood:
Neville, wet democrat 46,662
Bryan (Chas. W.) dry democrat 33,022
Wet majority 13,640
The vote for delegates stood:
Thompson, 47.55G; Oldham, 43,159; Thomas,
i?'??.31??' 41,1&3; Bryan (W J' 37,793;
Piatti, 37,164; Cones, 30,819. It will be seen
that 1 came fifth with only four to be elected
falling 3,360 behind the fourth man. This
shows that a majority of the democrats oppose
tho amendment, but the liquor influence is de
creasing in the democratic party. When, six
years ago, I endeavored to secure the indorse
ment of county option, I was defeated by a vote
of more than three to one. Now, on a test vote,
C. W. Bryan carried forty-one of the 93 counr
ties, and received 41 per cent of the total
vote cast for governor, IN SPITE OF THE WET
REPUBLICANS WHO ENTERED THE DEMO
CRATIC PRIMARIES. I carried 65 counties for
When the liquor business is closed out in
Nebraska, as it will bo in November, the demo-
?nf nPa?ty wl" agaIn be united and ready to
join the democrats of the south and west in the
effort to make the nation dry.
The vote cast at tho primary shows that the
amendment has a substantial majority in the
state. There were four dry candidates for gov
ernor three of them republicans, and they rl
fonows rmwne Vte "'176. distributed as
l?reSTioqiM2ra?,.(de,I1-) 33'022; Sutton'
It (L B?b n McKelvIe, (rep.) 30,197; Madg
ett, (rep.) 5,039. There were three wet candidates
2 0 0 ! ?' (de 46'662! Mil. (rep.)
th 1JSA ?0rge' (rep) 8'426- This gives
2K nn?eind.m0nt an aPParent majority of about
25,000, but as only about two-thirds of the total
S atiaTlBMO r jrity ShUld be inc"eased
inlntKoSeyntag f thGir VOtGS ySE
to see the amendment carried than 1 was tc b
LoenEat,e' flia ,my defeat has served to SmSha!
size the truth of the statement which I mada fn
every speech, namely, that the democrS or
ganization was completely controlled hv iL"
quor interests and that we could no? w! 1
draw young men to our party wtfl this ioSSn?
tion was overthrown. uomina-
Mr. Roosevelt is talking war again. Thja
time he la giving the public hig opinion of the
American people or rather that large portion
that does not live on raw blood or satisfy its
literary taste with jungle tales. In a preface
to a hook on the invasion of Belgium, ho says:
"August 4, 1914, the issue of this war for the
conscience of the world was Belgium. Now, in
tho spring of 191G, the issue remains Belgium.
For eighteen months our people were bidden by
their representatives at Washington to feel no
resentment against a hideous wrong. They were
taught to tame their human feelings by polished
phrases of neutrality. Because they lacked the
proper outlet of expression they grew indiffer
ent to a supreme injustice.
"But today they are at last becoming alive to
the iniquity of the crushing of Belgium. Bel
gium is the battle ground of the war on the
western front. But Belgium is also the battle
ground of the struggle in our country between
the forces of good and evil.
"In the ranks of evil are ranged all the pa
cifist sentimentalists, the cowards who possess
the gift of clothing their cowardice in soothing
and attractive words, the materialists, whose
souls have been r-tted by exclusive devotion to
the things of the body, and sincere persons who
are cursed with a deficient sense of reality, and
all who lack foresight or who are uninformed.
"Against them stand the great mass of loyal
Americans, who, when they see the right and
receive moral leadership, show that they have
in their souls as much of the valor of right
eousness as the men of 1860 and 1776.
"The literary bureau at Washington has acted
as a soporific on the mind and conscience of the
American people. Fine words, designed to work
confusion between right and wrong, have put
them to sleep. But they now stir in their
He did not demand war a the time Belgium
was invaded, but the more he thinks about it
the madder he gets. And to think thai the onlv
way to keep the soul from rotting is to kill
somebody! If the Lord so made us that blood
letting is necessary to keep us from becoming
degenerates, why not repeal all laws against
murder, so that men of Mr. Roosevelt's type
may not be restrained by "conventional restric
tions ? Wars are repulsive and, besides, it
takes time to work up a first-class war, but or
dinary homicide is cheap, or would be but for
the law which enables a lawyer to collect a
heavy fine in the way of a fee, even when the
jury acquits. If any philosophy can rot a soul
it Is the Roosevelt philosophy that puts man on
a level with the brute. w. J. BRYAN.
TRUSTING THE ENERGY
l1 is unfortunate that on the question of fix-
ntl !me fort impendence, thirty democrats
! USe should have cnosen to trust the
stances. indePendee under any circum-
i,TndH!l8,of a policy 8hould o agreed
to lSa. S25?8 ?f !hat policy- is neve safe
to leave details to be determined by those who
have no sympathy whatever with the policy
essential S6h 3d5g ,of a date ia not absolutely
tS nirnl lhe .ration announcing the na
favorine iS' i1 &S a laige marityof those
date 5 wnnitff d6n?e favored the fixg of a
had 'jotaed maiX better lf the minority
ins iith tup i maJority lnstead of act
ventin anv ri?Ub Cans at tlle rIsk of pre-
Now fw Clarat on whatever,
conference it i T ter has been thwn into
demSts L"i?f UVfirst Portance that the
unUed front Tt gGt together and Prent a
Pledge XoCBL- the Platf0m
W. J, BRYAN.
Americ, first! To enter the European I
I ZoT "V to ,,ut t" set
w .tangling alliances.
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