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WILLIAM J. BRYAN, EDITOR AND PROPRIETOR
L 18, NO. 4
Lincoln, Nebraska, April, 1918
Whole Number 708
BUY A LIBERTY BOND
-r ,i..i t, n,nnf neiroi fnr will lw oversubscribed, as in nroccdlnir loans. Money is just as necessary In the prosecution of
the war as men. The government derives its money from two sources, taxation and loans. Taxation is a lighter burden than military
service. AS long as soiiuers must uie lor uie guvunijum, musu whu vauuiw nuu mw i'ut .w..j n. ..,.. t,....., ....j ........,
of taxes levied against or demanded of them.
But loans are still less a burden than taxation. When the government takes money in taxation it does not promise to pay it back;
when it borrows it it returns it with interest on it while it keeps it, and interest at 4U per cent, the rate to bo paid on tiic new loan, is
more than the average rate paid by the savings banks of the country.
Therefore when we loan money to the government to carry on the war wo not only respond to a call on our patriotism, but make
a good business investment. Considering the security back of Liberty Bonds and the rate of interest, it is the best investment in the
The moral effect of a government loan depends upon the number participating in it. It is much better that all the people should
subscribe for these bonds, each taking a small amount, than tliat the money should bo raised by largo subscriptions by a few. Nothing
will more discourage the kaiser than to know that the whole 'country stands back of the government and is ready to furnish the money
necessary to win the war.
The War Savings Certificates make it possible for the children to give as well as tlio older people, ana tno war havings iscruiicui
lias the advantage of teaching the boys and girls the habit of saving, a habit worth more to them than the amount paid for the cer
tificates. ..., ' -tsifci"': W.J.BRYAN.
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frayo, Soldier Boys
ie nation's heart goes out in rejoicing and
Bianksgiying to the brave soldier boys who
the western line against the desperate
lan charge. British and French withstood
rshock with equal steadfastness until the
ly's force was spent. It was a critical mo
at, with awful possibilities hanging on the
?he Allies breathe easier 3ince this terrifflc
ft of strength. Let us hope that the kaiser,
sd by the unspeakable sacrifice that he has
ipelled, and convinced of the futility of his
tressive plans, will consent to a peace that
11 rid Europe of the menace of militarism and
ike the world safe for democracy.
W. J. BRYAN.
TEXAS MAKES A RECORD
The Texas legislature made a great record at
its special session.
1st It ratified the national prohibition
amendment by a vote of more than two to one.
2nd It made 10-mile wide dry zones around
the army camps in Texas.
3d It Adopted statutory prohibition.
4th It gave the women of Texas a vote at
the primary. As a democratic nomination is, in
Texas, equivalent to an election, this is practic
ally the same as a vote at the election, and
avoids the race issue which excites fear in some
sections of the south.
Texas has done nobly, and Governor Hobby
deserves great credit for his part in what has
been accomplished. W. J. BRYAN.
THE RibLL OF HONOR
List of States That Have Ratified .the
HERE'S TO MASSACHUSETTS
Here's to Massachusetts; she has done nobly.
The legislature ratified the amendment, giving
it a large majority in both houses. The Bay
state takes her place on the Roll of Honor as
No. 11. Next?
Only twenty-five states more arc needed to
complete ratification. Twenty-five governors
can, by calling special sessions, make an end of
the saloon, PROVIDED their legislatures act
favorably. Is It not worth while for them to
make inquiry and put the responsibility on the
Every day's delay in ratification gives the sa
loons a chance tp collect three million dollars
from the public, besides taking breadstuff's the
people can not spare, and menacing the strength
of soldiers at the front and producers at home.
Are the governors willing to assume respon
sibility for the saloon's continued existence when
they can, by acting, abolish them?
W. J. BRYAN.
National Proliibition Constitu
1 MISSISSIPPI, January 8, 1918.
2 VIRGINIA, January 11, 1918.
3 KENTUCKY, January 14, 1918.
4 SOUTH CAROLINA, January 25,
5 NORTH DAKOTA, Januury 25, 1918.
6 MARYLAND, February 13, 1918.
7 MONTANA, February 19, 1918.
8 TEXAS, March 4, 1918;
9 DELAWARE, March 18, 1918.
10 SOUTH DAKOTA, March 20, 1918.
11 MASSACHUSETTS, April 2, 1918.
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Davies, the democratic senatorial candidate in
Wisconsin, made a very creditable showing. All
things considered it was an excellent race..
WE MUST WIN THE WAR
The battle on the western front is the blood
iest in all history. Instead of di-cjuraging our
people and the Allies, it only emphasizes the
necessity of resisting to the end. Germany's
conduct in Russia gives us some idea of what
would happen if France and Great Britain were"
overcome. Our nation is playing an increasingly
important part in the protection of democratic
institutions, and the whole people stand behind
the government. W. J. BRYAN.
i BRAVO, SOLDIER BOYS
TEXAS MAKES A RECORD . "''
WE MUST WIN THE WAR
NEBRASKA WILL YET RATIFY
, . THE BRAND OF THE BEAST
GOVERNOR WHITMAN'S MESSAGE
"LAWLESSNESS AND LOYALTY"
PRESIDENT WILSON DECLARES AMER
ICA WILL FIGHT ON
GOVERNOR AND A WET SENATE
BLOCK PROHIBITION RATIFICATION
GERMAN-AMERICAN ALLIANCE IN
DORSES GOVERNOR AND SENATORS
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