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VOL. 18, NO. 5
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WJMJAM J. IIRYAN, OIIATILWS W. BRYAN,
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STATRMI5NT OF Til 13 OWNRltSIIIP, MANAGI3-
MI3NT, KTC, 1UWUIIIKI) IIY T11I0 ACT OF
CONGH13SS OF AUGUST 1M, 1012
of Tho Commoner, published monthly at Lincoln,
Nebraska, for April 1, 1918.
Statu of Nebraska )
County of Lancaster )
Before me, a notary public In and for the stato
and county aforesaid, personally appeared Chas. W.
Bryan, who, having been duly sworn according to
law, deposes and says that bo Is tho publisher of
Tho Commoner, and that the following is, to tho
beat of hlB knowledgo and belief, a true state
ment of tho ownership, management, etc., of ho
aforesaid publication for tho date shown In tho
abovo caption, required by tho Act of August 21,
191 2. 'embodied In section 413, postal laws and reg
ulations, to wit:
1. That the names and addresses of the publish
er, editor, associate editor, and business managers
Publisher: Charles W. Bryan. . .Lincoln, Nebraska
Editor: William Jennings B-van. Lincoln. Nebraska
Associate Editor: Charles W. Bryan. Lincoln, Neb.
Business Managora: None.
2. That the owner is: "William Jennings Bryan,
Jl. That tho known bondholders, mortgagees, and
other security holders holding 1 per cent or more
of total amount of bonds, mortgages, or other
securities are: None.
CITAS. W. BRYAN, Publisher.
Sworn to and subscribed before mo this 18th
day of March, 1918.
J. n. FARRTS. Notary Public.
(My commission oxplres July 19, 1918.)
Tho Gorman people are rapidly approaching
tho point whore they will understand what tho
poot meant when ho said that those who stole
his purso stole trash.
Wo havo very little to thank tho kaiser for
but it sure helped a lot to have kim make that
drive in Picardy just about tho same time that
tho third Liberty loan canvass began..
If the German army is running short of offi
cers, as reported in some of the dispatches, the
general staff needn't think that it can depend
for volunteers from any of tho royal or reien
ing family. b
If you think that half a billion dollars a
month i3 a pretty steep price to pay for war
purposes, recall that the real purpose is to put
tho kaiser out of business, and you will becln
to wonder at its cheapness.
With over a hundred thousand men a month
going from the United States to Prance it ought
not to bo difficult to make the kaiser understand
that wo have a very keen appreciation of what
ho really means when he talks of peace.
None of tho profiteers who are inclined to
make money off the necessities of tho govern-
oT?lnUlm?w Tar ?h0Uld mak0 the mitako
of thinking that, in view of tho constanUy in
creasing number of soldiers being sent across
tho Atlantic there will not always bf eSough
loft to constitute a firing squad for their casfs.
A PARTISAN EFFORT
Prom the Alabama Citizen, May 8. '
Editor P. P. Glass of The Birmingham News,
and a few other pro-liquor journals in Alabama,
are giving wide publicity to an attack by Wil
Ham II Anderson, superintendent of the New
York Anti-Saloon League, on the Hon. William
Jennings Bryan, hoping that they may discredit
him in his work for prohibition.
Mr. Anderson has shot two loads of poison
gas at Mr. Bryan, but thus far Mr, Bryan has
heen too busy lighting the common enemy to
notice Mr. Anderson's pop-gun effusions.
Like the lone pine on the mountain top is
the subject of tho freakish attacks of the light
ning, so Mr. Bryan in the loftiness of his posi
tion has been, and will be so long as he lives,
the subject of freakish attacks by men who can
only hope to gain some unmerited publicity by
attacking one so far above them.
Mr. Anderson is a northern republican. Mr.
Bryan is a nation wide democrat. In these
words are revealed the animus of Mr. Ander
Mr. Bryan's entrance into active co-operation
with the temperance forces of America and his
making prohibition an issue in the democratic
party of the nation has given tremendous im
petus to the cause of prohibition in America.
In this connection we might say that it looks
very much as if Mr. Bryan's position as head
of the Dry Federation reveals a great measure
of. shortsightedness on the part of Anti-Saloon
League leadership that he was allowed to 'be
come identified with a new minor movement
rather than to be given a prominent and lead
ing position in the older and more major move
ment against the liquor traffic.
An Anti-Saloon League leader who trieg to
say that no other organization than the league
shall he formed, makes himself ridiculous to all
thoughtful people. It may not, I believe it is
not expedient, but no man ,or set of men can
take away the rights of another man or set of
men to organize against an evil.
Mr. Anderson's attacks on Mr. Bryan display
an unusual degree of ignorance as to the real
meaning of team work. We have been fighting
for twenty-five years, the writer for twenty
years, Mr. Anderson, for almost eighteen. In
all these years with growing force we have been
earning the value of team work and the abso
lute need of it. Mr. Anderson's attempt to ar
ray his associates in Anti-Saloon League work
against Mr. Bryan will not bear much fruit
where Mr. Anderson is known. His personal
love of publicity will discount his verb! J and
it is to be hoped that the Christian spirit of
Mr Bryan will assert itself in this situation and
that he will deny Mr. Anderson the reflected
glory he would shed around this league super
intendent running amuck, should he condescend
?rnSntTf 8y that WiH only tIivide our
strength and lessen our power in fighting the
common enemy. &""b. m
Mr. Anderson's sne.nnd fiiCninA !' .
suiting and unforgivable assault on General Su
perintendent Baker of the Anti-Saloon League
of America Mr. Anderson refers to Dr. Baker
as a "meat axe artist." If this is true it is to
be hoped that Dr. Baker will use the axe S
Mr. Anderson's official head. n
Mr. Bryan was recently the honored inrt
valued guest of the Anti-Saloon League of Ala-
wrUerMA11!1011 f Dr' BateSd tt'i
writer. Mr. Anderson speaks for himqif f
for the Anti-Saloon League and so far as w
know at this writing ho does'not speak offLiaUy
for the New York Anti-Saloon League but for
himself We know that he does not speak for
"j League of America P fm
in Thn 5U"Si1.oon League of Alabama rejoices
n the fellowship and co-operation of Mr Bryan
in the great closing period of this warfare for
humanity's redemption from the curseTaYcohoi
MAKING ATTACKS ON BRYAN
ii"1 ? Andersn. State Superintendent of
the Anti-Saloon League of Now vii 5
but is in aliUlfnWne Pr0h,bm
Just how big a man William H. Anderson is
has not been told to the people down this "way
'In fact, to-'b perfectly frank about it, the sul
perintendent of the New York Anti-Saloon
League is not very well known, except in local,
ities where he has scattered his printed attacks
on the Nebraskan. In those attacks, Superin
tendent Anderson alleges-that the proposed visit
to New York state of Colonel Bryan is that
Hearst may secure through Colonel Bryan po
One satisfying thought is that William H.
Anderson is not the first republican who has
made an effort to injure William Jennings Bry
an, ana ror tnat mauer Digger repu oilcans than
the New York superintendent have tried the
trick and without much success. It is hardly
likely that the New Yorker will succeed in in
juring Colonel Bryan any more than the other
republicans who have preceded him.
Another feature of the matter is that it hardly
behooves William H. Anderson, 'a' salaried officer
of the Anti-Saloon League to attack William
Jennings Bryan, when Colonel Bryan not only
donates his services to the prohibition cause but
in addition pays his own traveling expenses.
Asheville (N. C.) Times.
MR. BRYAN AT FIFTY-EIGHT
Mr. Bryan passed his fifty-eiglith milestone
yesterday. An interesting man with a notable
He made his debut in national life as cham
pion of tariff reform. As a member of the house
he helped prepare, and voted for, the Wilson
tariff bill of 1894. The bill, changed somewhat
by the senate, became a law, failed disastrously
in action, and the failure contributed materially
to the return of the republican party to power.
Retiring from the house after two terms, Mr.
Bryan took up the cause of free silver, canvassed
the country in its favor, and in 1896 was nom
inated for President by the democracy on that
issue. He made a brilliant campaign, but lost.
He tried again four years later with the same
result, and scored his third failure in 1908.
His democratic critics" repeated to themselves,
"Three times, and out." But they were mistaken.
Mr. Bryan was not out. Four years later he ap
peared at Baltimore and became the Warwick
of the convention. He- switched from Mr. Clark
to Mr. Wilson, and nominated the latter for
president. The prize was beyond his own reach,
but he directed its bestowal.
In selecting his official advisers Mr. Wilspn
remembered his creator, and placed him at tho
head of his cabinet. At that time there was no
thought of a foreign war. Domestic issues were
uppermost in America, and the triumphant dem
ocracy, in control again at both ends of the
avenue, addressed itself to those issues.
But the war came; and the. rest, in connection
with Mr. Bryan, is recent history. It is fresh
in detail in all memories.
Mr. Bryan's activities are searched for signs
as to 1920. What interpretation may be put up
on them? Is the presidential bee still in his
bonnet? There are those who fancy they hear
it buzzing. He has still, after, all these years
and the record three unsuccessful campaigns
for the presidency, and a brief stay in the state
department a large and devoted following. Un
der sixty, he is rated as in his prime as still
something of a young man in politics.
We shall know more about Mr. Bryan and the
hopes and purposes of his followers as to this
matter a little later. He will remain in the
limelight one can hardly think of him as in a
shadow and his friends and supporters, taking
their cue from him, are never idle. Washing
ton Star, March 20.
President Wilson is on record as declarng his
readiness to discuss a fair and just and honest
peace, but only when it is sincerely proposed.
The kaiser would, save a lot of time and worry
if he would look over his letters from Mr. "Wil
son before launching his fake proposals.
NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN
"Take thou also unto thee wheat and barley
and beans and lentils and millet and fitches and
put them in a vessel and mt ke thee bread there
of." "And they shall eat bread by weight and with
"They shall eat their bread with carefulness,
because of the violence of those that dwell in the
lanS-"From the Book of Ezekiel, Chapters
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