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THE REPORTS OP HIS POLITIOAIi DEATH SEEM TO HAVE BEEN
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Copyright: 1916: By John T. McCutcheon,
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Mr. Bryan Makes an Issue
"While congratulations were in or-1
der in democratic circles, about two
wutJKB ago, anu wnuo wnuam Jen
nings Bryan was receiving a largo
sharo of them because the inid-west-orn
and northwestern states, in which
he had addressed great meetings
during the campaign, had nearly all
voted for the re-election of Woodrow
Wilson, it was remarked by close ob
servers that the former secretary of
state dwelt with greatost satisfaction
on the fact that the cause of prohibi
tion had come out of the contest with
some notable victories. Asked to
express himself on the result of the
balloting, he said, at Denver, Colo
rado, two days following the election:
"Prohibition is sweeping the country.
It will bo a presidential campaign is
sue in 1920 if a constitutional amend
ment is not submitted by congress to
the states by that time." "This re
form," he added, "like every other
obtained in the last twenty years, is
moving from the west and south to
the north and east. National prohi
bition will be an acute issue four
years hence, unless the amendment
is submitted to the states before that
time, which is possible." Through
out his "stumping" tour for the na
tional democratic ticket Mr. Bryan
spoke everywhere for prohibition, al
though doubts were expressed in
some quarters as to the expediency of
such a course.
As to the "inexpediency" of his
course in urging prohibition, upon
the multitudes whom he addressed in
behalf of his party ticket, the election
returns furniBh a sufficient answer.
As one of President Wilson's most
intimate friends has put it, "William
Jennings Bryah brought in hiB
states." The fact that he did so may
be taken as pretty conclusive evidence
that the states -to which he gave
closest attention and in which he
pleaded equally for prohibition and
Wilson were not offended by his
course. It is only fair to say, how
ever that the President was not one
of those who questioned Mr. Bryan's
political acumen in standing for a
Clearly, Mr. Bryan has allied him
self with the prohibition cause. He
is under no illusions as to the oppo
sition lie will meet with in his own
party. He has shown, in some of his
speeches, that it will be necessary
either to convert a large section of
the democracy to prohibition, or to
invite tho opposition of this section
by insisting upon the adoption of pro
hibition as a party issue. The dem
ocracy in some of the larger cities of
the country will not countenance this
course without protest; the democ
racy of some of the stateswill oppose
it until opposition shall become hope
less. It Is, from all appearances, to
be Mr. Bryan's task to educate tho
anti-prohibition democrats to the
point of accepting the inevitable. Ho
began this educational work in In
diana last week; he has continued it
in Illinois this week. All indications
lead to the conclusion"" that he has
enlisted in tho war against liquor
with the purpose of remaining in the
forefront of the fight until victory
shall be won.
He neither beat about the bush nor
offered apologies when telling the
democrats of Indiana that their first
duty to the party, as well as to the
country, was to make the state "dry."
His Indianapolis address, indeed par
took rather of tho nature of a chal
lenge than an appeal to the political
organization of which he is one of the
most influential leaders. "The dem
ocratic, party," he declared, "has no
power to say whether there shall be
a fight for prohibition. The fight is
on. If the democratic party refuses
to Indorse prohibition, it will take a
stand squarely against the states that
gave their votes to President Wilson.
And I say now that the democratic
party is under no obligations to party
bosses who depend on the. liquor, in
terests for their power in politics."
Mr, Bryan, it is plain, is talking
for a new democracy, a democracy
that, in the future, will not anywhere
be used as a convenience by the liquor
interests. Judging by his experience
in Indiana and' Illihofsi he' -will hot
be disappointed in the response of
the democratic rank and file to the
prohibition issue. Christian Science
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REPUBLICANS IN A SCRAP
A San Francisco, Cal., dispatch,
dated Nov. 15, says: Chester H.
Rowell, chairman of the republican
state central committee, "issued a
statement today charging that the
republicans who undertook to look
after Charles B. Hughes during his
trip through California not only
made a bad job of it, but suppressed
and disobeyed instructions from the
east. The statement blames them
for the loss of the state from the
"If the advice and practically the
demands of the national managers of
Mr. Hughes's campaign had not been
defied and suppressed by those tem
porarily in charge of it in California,"
the statement said, "Mr. Hughes
would now bo, beyond question,
president of the United States."
Francis V. Keesling, chairman of
the republican state central commit
tee at the time Mr. Hughes was in
the state, said:
"I am not going to say anything.
The telegrams were all published at
mentg or laws submittal Zl
initiative and roferenclum " tho
These conclusions, amomr
were reached by tho lerishHv hor8'
mittee oMhe Minister An? COm
St. Louis, after a session in ance of
of the Anti-Saloon eague ? t
souri. bUt or Mis-
Following the meeting RPv t ,.
L. Brandt, chairman, stated 1 ? hn
mittee believed not'few r tlanT
000 dry votes were castln S L ,'"
but that these dwindled to 13 S
after the clerks got through colifij
"We know there was much fraud
in the counting of the ballots " iff
Brandt said, "but our hands are tied
We have consulted four or five of the
best lawyers in St. Louis and thev
have advised us, much to their own
personal regret, that Missouri has no
law under which we can contest the
count on a constitutional amend.
AlthOUffh Missouri wpnf , xt
vember 7 by more than 100,000 ma-
jor-iy, ine state outside of St. Louis
voted dry. It was only the huge
booze vote of St. Louis and St. Louis
county that kept the saloon from be
ing ousted from Missouri.
. In 1910, when the first prohibition
fight was made, the wets won by
218,125. They got 120,089 in St.
Louis and 12,312 in St. Louis county.
The state outside of St. Louis and St.
Louis county went wet by 80,000.
This wet majority has been wiped
out. The dry vote is sufficient to
more than overcome the St. Louis
counijr voce, so mat tne st. L.ouis city
vote alone stands between Missouri
The reversal in Jackson county,
where a 21,000 wet majority was
turned into a 3,000 dry majority, was
the biggest change in the six years.
An analysis- of Hhe results shows the
big dry gains, with a very few excep
tions, all were made in the west half
of the state.
In 1910, the drys carried only 36
counties out of 114. November 7 they
carried more than 65 counties.
NEWSPAPERS LAUDED FOR BAR.
RING LIQUOR "ADS"
An Indianapolis dispatch, dated
Nov. .20, says: The National Women's
Christian Temperance Union today
adopted a resolution commending
the 850 daily newspapers and sixty
eight magazines in the country
known to refuse liquor advertise
ments. The delegates pledged them
selves and each member of the or
ganization to use all influence pos
sible to induce newspapers now car
rying such advertising matter to drop
it at the expiration of present contracts.
MISSOURI DRYS TO VOTE AGAIN
A St. Louis, Mo., dispatch, dated
Nov. 21, says: State-wide prohibition
again will-be submitted to the voters
of Missouri not later than November,
In the absence, of any law on the
subject, there will bo no official re
count of th,e recent wet and dry vote
cast in St. Louis.
Instead, tho drys of Missouri will
seek to have a -statute enacted au
thorizing the opening of ballot boxes
and recount of.Yotea upon all amend-
FRAGMENTS OF FUN
. "The people over yonder had an
execution in their house yesterday.
"You don't say!" "Yes; they were
hanging some wall-paper." Balti
more. American. ,,
Irate Business Man "You booK
agents make me so angry with your
confounded nerve and impudence
that I can not find words to express
my feelings." Agent "Then I am
the very man you want. I am semnb
imt.. i.-i. ,! . bruit this trip
Alio ucai mifc w-- .
said tho retired merchant as lie wr
back luxuriously in tho comfortable
chair on the porch of a ?10 a aw
hotel, "is that it is not costing me
"How's that?" asked an envious
8P "CxVsail coming out of my heirs
said the man smiling happib'- IN0
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