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U.S; War Aims Told
A Philadelphia dispatch to tho Boa
ton. J'oflt, dated Dec. 2, says Since
the- roturn to Germany of bo many
Gorman1 rooldonta of America, a gon
ornl understanding of America and
" America's war intontiona haa begun
to porcolate through the German
proBfl. Novortholoas, it ia remarkable
to find In the conservative Krcuz
Zo.ltung, pot organ of tho Eaat Prus
sian junkers, tho following unvar
nlahod atatomonto in regard to Amer
V. 8. War Spirit Grown
J'Prom time to time American
no'wpapor accounts refer to increas
ing, peace inclinations in tho United
States, It is to bo justly assumed
that in a nation of 100,000,000 thoro
are many who nro peacoably Inclined,
but wo warn against a too roseate
vlow in this connection. Such optim
istic oxpoctations are just, as, disap
pointing as those prevailing In Amor
lca In tho first year of tho war in
connection with tho oxpected turn of
public opinion in favor of Germany,
which In reality existed only In tho
Imagination of Gorman newspaper
"Anybody following tho trend of
Rffulrs in the United Statos is no
longor in doubt but what tho number
of war onthusiaBts In America is
.Constantly growing. This was also
j'ocont,ly domonsifritpd by tho labor
'prganlzati6nsj Which aro to-a' greater
ibxtont dotormlnod ,fork tho "yar than
ihoirJEngllflh brethren assomblod at
tho rbcont British Trades Union cou--groBB
" "Thoro tho dologato of tho Amer
ican Federation of Labor, B. Lord,
.declared that ho would not think of
' flitting at a tablo with representatives
of tho central powers as long as 'that
Gorman boast' remains in Belgium
"Anothor dologato of this federa
tion, Golden, accusod tho German
labor loaders as olthor sympathizing
with tho cruolties porpetrated or be
ing moral cowards.
Bryan as a Itolligcront
"Just as bolligoront Is now Bryan,
Wilson's formor secretary of state;
who says in his Commoner, 'America
Is now bound to win, for she could
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not permit a foreign -power, Germany
least of all, to interfere with Amer
" 'Tho United States,' says Bryan,
'can not permit tho defeat of the en
tonto, since such would be tantamount
to America's defeat, unless tho United
States contemplates to continuo tho
war itself.' For these reasons Bryan
demands the strongest possible sup
port of tho government in all mat
ters regarded by it as advisable. He
says further, 'it does not matter how
long tho war may last, and what tho
cost may be; differences or opinion
can only prolong it, while at the same
timo the sacrifices in money and hu
man lives grow greater.'
"Who would have ever thought to
hear that out of the mouth of Mr.
Bryan? This is the same Bryan who
throw his job at tho President's feet
for foar that Wilson's energetic atti
tude toward Germany might lead to
war. At that time Roosevelt was also
against Wilson, regarding him as act
ing in a cowardly way toward Bryan
and toward Germany alike. Now, how
over, Roosevelt and Bryan blow one
and tho same horn. Wilson combats,
in words, Gorman militarism; virtu
ally ho Imitates it. He would have the
American army largo enough, If need
be, to attain victories on the battle
fields of Europe all by itself, or at
least prove to bo the decisive .element.
WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN, "THE
MAN OP HOURS"
From Tho Detroit Times.
"The'Man of Hours."
Why shouldn't William Jennings
Bryan be called that?
Or should this country be called
"A Country of Hours," with that
great son of Nebraska; that great
leader of men and of a country, there
ahead of timo, waiting for the hour
that he foresees, always?
Tho hour found him In the van
guard, when with his "Cross of Gold
and Crown of Thorns" he electrified
a people a minority, so it proved
but a great, representation of people
waiting for the very solution of tlieir
preuicamont which he urged as their
delegate and spokesman.
Those great principles of liberty
and freedom and democracv which
Jio expounded, even as the advocate
ot arerorm promulgated by him
most unhappily, from the standpoint
of 'Jgood politics," could he have
"sold tho truth to serve the hour,"
aro the very principles for which the
country today offers its blood and its
A country always divided over
Bryan, stand united today for those
things to which he has consecrated
his great talents, his energy and his
It-is the hour for which Brfan has
fought with all of his God-given
powors .to fight another of the coun
try's hours that makes it, onoe again,
There was Baltimore, to which a
party, battered and torn and hopeless
ly divided between its faction which
would ser,ve God and that which
would serve Mammon, 'dragged itself
dosparlngly until it heard the great
champion who told the party it could
not servo both.
Our country was in one of. its hours
when the democratic party met in
Baltimore in national convention in
Its call was for a party to lead it
out of bondage, but tho party had
not heard until William Jennings
Bryan's voice was raised in that con
vention, in another of his hours, and
the party told that it must become
the jouii try's leader; that in order
to "keep faith with the country, it
must first keep faith with itself and
the principles of Jefferson upon which
it was founded.
The Bryan hand outstretched from
the speaker's platform, and which
hushed the party's delegates at that
hour, that his voice might carry far
over the crowd and outside aird be
yond the convention hall into the
four corners of the states, was the
hand of Fato, and it gave to the
country a man of the hour for this
very critical and very solemn time in
the nation's history.
Wo can not thank God for -Wilson
without first thanking God for Bryan.
That is undeniably so because it is
And now comes stil another hour
still another Bryan hour.
Authority has been voted for tho
expression of the whole people In an
hour that finds the country's senti
ment overwhelmingly for a dry na
tion and consistency with war, which
embodies consistency with so many
It was voted in the lower nouse of
congress Monday in ratification of
previous, action by the senate, and in
tne gaiiery they heard the vlcrnmns
clapping of a man's hands.
The hands were th.OBe of "The Man
He was there to see the completion
pf that for which he had battled
again in the forefront.
He was there at another 'hour
which he foresaw.
Once again William Jennings Bry
an has done his part.
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the fight of the states and the people
urJ1 l8,11 the "Slit of Michigan,
Our MIohigan," and we must and we
will do our part.
It is Michigan's hour!
MB. BRYAN AT LEWISTON
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Hon. William J. Bryan, who in the
minds of many is America's most
gifted orator, last night held a Lew-iston-Auburn
audience of 800 in fas
cinated attention. He spoke two
hours and ten minntes, but practic
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Just as each of "ninVmi'c. i
in reality several novels in one, so
this address by the great commoner
was in reality several addresses in
one. It was in part a plea for wo
man suffrage, in part an economic
treatise, in part a straight sermon
and so on; he dealt with many sub
jects, and each was pretty nearly a
whole address in itself. But it was
all beautifully blended into a cen
tral theme, just as the Dickens'
novels are, and the result was as sat
isfying. It was an exceptional and
memorable intellectual treat.
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1MB. BRYAN AT AUGUSTA
Touching upon the problems of the
day in politics and pointing out the
duties which Americans owe to the
government in war, William Jennings
Bryan lectured Tuesday evening at
City hall under tho nimTin ..
Augusta Entertainment Course, and
for more than two hours held an au
dience that.pacfced the hall to stand
ing room only. Mr. Bryan's discourse
was filled with nhilosnnhv vll4 nA
as well. a great deal of wit and hu
mor which, brought forth laughter
and applause from all parts of the
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