The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, May 01, 1918, Image 1
WWS7 . - i a: .., -. i The Commoner WILLIAM J. BRYAN, EDITOR AND PROPRIETOR WOL. 18, NO. 5 Lincoln, Nebraska, May, 1918 Whole Number 709 Put none but ratificationists on guard. Democrats and Re publicans everywhere should see to it that every candidate for the state legislature is openly pledged to vote for the ratification of the National Prohibition Amendment Take no chances This is the supreme domestic issue until Constiiutional Prohibition is secured. Democracy or Autocracy? Vn ontimtiAa - fl-ia TTnffarl C!fitae. Infn flio l. .juMi,....'M' , .. 1 ... ini.Ty!iaHU6liiE.i.i!Bll ! T-T &JhMsIrcly4exi two tneories or. government tnat are tnus lyed against eadh other. In fact, the result not but be regarded as a. triumph for the -of goyernment that triumphs. LThe supporters of monarchy have always con- ided that an executive exercising arbitrary jwer was stronger than the head, of a repre- mtative government. The supporters of dem- jracy have disputed this and believed "with the istorian, Bancroft, that- republics are the tronger because, "discarding the implements of jrror, they dare to build their citadel in the iearts of.men." Bancroft is right; and we must, by winning iis war, establish the superiority of the form government under which we live and which re commend to other nations as the one worthy po uecome tne worms moaei. we can not auora bo allow this war to so end that the historian f the future will say, "A kaiser was better able i Ito mobilize the resources of an empire than a CONTENTS DEMOCRACY OR AUTOCRACY? ARE YOU WATCHING? A CALL TO ALL THE RED-CROSS DRIVE - GERMAN AMERICANS THE ISSUE IN NEBRASKA SIGN THE PLEDGE -THE REAL PUNCH AND JUDY SHOW GOING AFTER THE PROFITEERS A YEAR OF PROHIBITION . A PARTISAN EFFORT . THE PRESIDENT. NEEDS HELP PROHIBITION A GREAT SUCCESS IN NEBRASKA President and congress were the resources of a republic," or that "The oppressed subjects of an ambitious emperor woro moi'o loyal to that government than the free citizens of the world's gfeaegt republic were to theirs." History will not-contain so melancholy a ' ...A"'. ..... u ,i i i.Q -ir;.jt..i"'c?'c; vmv.,j v.py u,-m im 1"iMii"Fur.p!" .. q3BrSFamfo past, to every appeal made by the government and by the voluntary organizations that aid it in its gigantic tasks. W. J. BRYAN. A CALL TO ALL In doing his part in subscribing to the war loans the average man is not only responding to a call upon his patriotism but he is putting himself in position to do his part in the work of recpnstruction when the war is over. There will be much to bo done in the restoration of normal conditions, in the rebuilding of the waste places and in adjusting ourselves to new du ties; and no one can afford to risk having his right to speak then questioned because of fail ure to aid his government jn its hour of stress and strain. Let ALL help TODAY, and then all can help in that day which will as sorely, test our wisdom as the v present hour tests our strength and courage. W. J. BRYAN. THE TEN DISTRICTS The ten dry Nebraska districts which were so shamefully misrepresented by ten wet sen ators who refused to vote for ratification havo an important duty to perform this fall, namely, to wash away the disgrace by the election of senators who will lead the fight for ratification. THE RED CROSS DRIVE The Red Cross Society asks for $100,000,000 more for its war work. The response should bo immediate and generous. Never before has so much been done for the comfort of the soldier r-a fact of which every citizen should be proud. The soldier is bearing the heavy part of the burden of war those upon whom the load rests more lightly should gladly furnish the money needed by the men at the front. Help the Red Crow. W. J. BRYAN. Are You Watching? The liquor Interests are at work; are you? Thoy are bringing out candidates for the legls- .i iJ. t .' ., i . 1 I .1 .. 1 . . 111-. .--A rauflcilon?' How about your district? In some of the dry states where ratification has been taken for granted the wets are work ing like beavers. If they can delay ratification a year it will mean a billion dollars to the li quor traffic and will force upon your stato an other contest in which brewery money will flood your state. In the close states the fight Is on, but what about those states in which there are no saloons? These are the ones where the danger is the greatest. Awake, friends of the national amendment, and see to it that a ratification runs IN EVERY SENATORIAL AND REPRESENT ATIVE DISTRICT that means, in YOUR dis trict? Are you on guard? W. J. BRYAN. It has almost reached a point where the allied commanders, in trying to figure out where Germany is going to launch her next thrust, play safe by hurriedly ascertaining which town has the most churches undestroyed. 0 - ' THE ROLL OF HONOR List of States That Have Ratified the National Prohibition Constitu tional Amendment 1-2-3-4- 25, -MISSISSIPPI January 8, 1918. -VIRGINIA, January 11, 1918. -KENTUCKY, January 14, 1918. -SOUTH CAROLINA, January 1918. 5 NORTH DAKOTA, January 25, 1918. 6 MARYLAND, February 13, 1918. 7 MONTANA, February 19, 1918. 8 TEXAS, March 4, 1918. 9 DELAWARE, Marh 18, 1918. 10 SOUTH DAKOTA, March 20, 1918. 11 MASSACHUSETTS, April 2, 1918. m c!e .. '