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The Commoner VOL. 16, NO. 11 Lincoln, Nebraska, November, 1916 Whole Number 691 The Election of 1916 The election of 1916 hag passed into history the nation has set the seal of its commendation upon the administration of President Wilson. Ho not only has a majority in the electoral col lego but, what is even more significant, he has a popular plurality of some four hundred thou sand. A constitutional victory, that is, a mere majority in the electoral college, without a pop ular plurality would have been very unsatisfac tory. A President could not put much heart into his work if he ItNEW that a plurality of the voters favored the election of another man. The victory is. more than a party triumph it is highly creditable to the country, and espe cially to that' part of the country which is re- . sponsible for the result.. The record endorsed was of Unparalleled ex- , cellence so complete that it left little to be hoped for during .the next four years in the way of remedial legislation. Gratitude for .fayors done is not nearly so active a force in polftics as expectation, and in this case expectation had been more than realized. Tho pvo ft'S""11"" -. Uari more weight than arguments based upon ecoifoW progress; the country is against war. It is op posed to intervention in Mexico, and it protests against being drawn into the var in Europe. But for the high tariff delusion, still clierished by a majority of the republicans, the victory would have been even more sweeping than it Was but It was enough.. And its value is greatly increased by the fact that it was won BY THE WEST AND SOUTH WITHOUT THE AID OR CONSENT OF THE EAST. The scepter has passed from New York, and this is sufficient glory for one year. And, blessing upon blessing, Chicago had as little to do with the party's success as New YorK. Even Indiana, which has rested its quadrennial claim to the vice-presidency on the ground that its electoral vote -was necessary to success- even Indiana has abdicated the political throne and is now in the "others also ran" class. It very much simplifies politics. Heretofore, New York has entered "the conventions of both par ties arrogantly offering no choice but surrender to its dictation or defeat and, it must be ad mitted, New York has usually been on tho win ning side. But thjs time the people broke away and left New York 'ihigh and dry or rather, high and WET, for it was the DRY states that furnished most of the electoral votes. TWENTY THREE DRY STATES AND SEVENTEEN OF THEM CAST THEIR VOTES FOR WILSON AND MARSHALL. Here is the list: Virginia, North Carolina,! South Carolina, Qeorgla, Ala bama, Mississippi; Tennessee, Arkansas, Okla homa, Arizona Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska. Oregon and West Virginia came near doing so, ' MR. BRYAN CONGRATULATES PRES IDENT WILSON Lincoln, Nob., Nov. 10, 191G. Hon. Woodrow Wilson, President, Washington, D. C. The returns are now so nearly com plete that I shall not longer deny myself the pleasure of extending to yotf heart iest congratulations upon your re-election and earnest good wishes for the suc cess of your second term. Am proud of tho west Including Nebraska. The states beyond the Missouri have rallied to your support and saved the day, and in doing so have honored themselves no less thau you. They have been largely benefited by the great reforms secured under your leadership, and they stand with you for peace, prosperity and prog ress. WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN. - , 0 and In addition to these the President secured the votes of four more in which the amendment will soon be submitted. In Utah and Now Mox niissAVAl1 Partes nave declared in favor of sub clared for submisslon?ni0&ratic primary has de is committed to submission. "'a democracy The party is now --,. , toto un n,nht against the saloon it must do so unless'lt willing to exchange the support of those who 'saved It from defeat for the support of those who in the year of our Lord 191G would have led it into a slaughter house. , W. J. BRYAN. What Is the difference between Mr. Hughes and George Washington? Well, there are sev eral but one is enough. Washington did the damage with a hatchet; Hughes played havoc with a hammer. CONTENTS . THE ELECTION OF 191 G THE GREAT MORAL ISSUE NEBRASKA DRY THE WOMEN DID IT ' '5 DEMOCRACY'S GREATEST NEED . MR. ROOSEVELT'S SHARE. CAMPAIGN COMMENT THE PAST SECURE ELECTION RESULTS THE ELECTORAL VOTE CONGRATULATORY ' HEART TO HEART nRY DENVER GETS NEW LIFE ON TH CHAUTAUQUA CIRCUIT . The Great Moral Issue The prohibition issue is hero, nnd hero to stay until tho saloon is drivon out of tho Unltod States. It is tho great moral issue of this gen eration and tho democratic party Is tho party to lead the fight In the nation. Tho election just hold has unexpectedly re leased tho party of any obligation it may havo been under to tho liquor interests. They throw their influence to the republican ticket and wont down to defeat with it. And tho democratic bosses lie in tho same dishonored grave. They must confess EITHER THAT TIIEY WERB REALLY AGAINST THE PRESIDENT OR THAT THEY CAN NOT DELIVER THE VOTES WHICH THEY CLAIM TO CONTROL. Which position will they take? Did they betray lh party or are they impotent to aid? Let the dry democrats begin work at onco to securo control of the democratic organization, stato and national. Nearly half tho states ar hovrdry, and tho humbor will bo swelled to near ly, if not quite, thirty befJro 1920. To take the side of tho salodn is to invito disastrous defeat. To take the side of tho u"w iD to ara,vr t0 tnd" party tho strong young men who are coming out of the schools and colleges and who will, within a few years, be the dominant force in politics. Auuiniu- cue uuiiuii s life the old question de mands an answer: "Choose ye this day whom The Commoner is m mm 0 -its readers to organize for the struggle which Is to determine the party's attitude and its future strength. Space will be given to letters reporting the situation In different parts of tho country. Let the work of organization begin, and begin N0W W. J. BRYAN. NEBRASKA DRY Nebraska voted dry do you catch it? Dry, D r y. Tho majority is about thirty thou sand. Onjy thirteen counties out of ninety-thrco went wet, so decisive that the question is settled. And, to make it still better, it is surrounded by dry states. The grand old state is again on the firing line where she has been for twenty years. ' Let the battle begin. THE WOMEN DID IT ' It Is not too much to say that It was tho women who turned the tide of battle and won the fight for the President. Little did he (think when he trudged down to Princeton and cast his vote for woman suffrage that the women of tho nation would save him from defeat and give his party an opportunity to add to ts al ready long list of reforms a still greater reform which will bring into tho arena of politics a new moral force destined to make its influence felt whenever'tho welfare of the home is involved but these women will not stay with us if wp Uk tho side of the saloon. W. J. BRYAN, " T V UJN v .