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WILLIAM J. BRYAN, EDITOR AND PROPRIETOR
VOL 18, NO. 10
Lincoln, Nebraska, October, 1918
Whole Number 714
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Vote only for legislative candidates who favor ratification. Fourteen states have ratified twenty-two more are neces
sary. These can he secured at the coming election if the friends of the amendment do their duty. The sentiment in favor of
the amendment is overwhelming hut it must he expressed at the polls to be eifective.
The voters should lay partisanship aside and vote for the DRY legislative candidate against the WET candidate regard
less of party. A republican legislator who will vote to ratify the national prohibition amendment is better than a democratic
legislator who will vote to defeat the amendment and retain the saloons. And, of-course, the' reverse is also true a dry
democrat is better than a wet republican. f
Vote only for legislative candidates-pledged to ratification and our fight will he won when the polls close next November.
- '" " - W. J. BRYAN.
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The failure of the advocates of woman suf-
rago to muster the necessary two-thirds in the
mate, on October 1st, does not moan defeat
simply means delay.. The record of the vote
fill be found on another page. The President
Id all he could; his speech to the senate was
powerful appeal but it failed to change a
pgle vote. Tho ;opposltion to suffrage has
iwiudled until it is now made up largely of
jv'o groups; viz., the southern senators who are
trgely influenced by the race question, as shown
the willingness of many "of them to support
if limited to white women and another
Koup made up of supporters of the saloon who
inderstand that woman is the greatest foe of
o liquor traffic. ' I do not mean that these two
lasses include all opponents, but nearly all.
Tho above classification is made for the en
gagement of the advocates of 'suffrage. The
Hithern senators will cjiange their votes when
foy are assured that their constituents desire
iffrage and it is probable that some of them
Jill bo so informed when .the legislatures meet
;: in -Januaryi hpse-, hqsevvyotes Tcflect!, the-
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fvtBftorT&ftraW'dESr'-tho prohibition amend-
raent is ratified, which is likoly to be In January.
The winter is sure to bring changes, probably
enough to insure submission of the suffrage
amendment by February 15, if not by the first
of that month. Suffrage is coming and coming
soon. W. J. BRYAN.
Mr. Konta assured Dr. Dernburg, the German
propagandist, that the distillers and brewers
could be counted on to advance "unlimitaDle
capital" to finance a German propaganda paper
if it would fight prohibition, but he suggested
that the matter would have to be handled with
the "utmost delicacy," and added, "No suspi
cion of the influences behind it should be al
lowed to reach the public." But it did reach tho
public and the result was just such an explosion
as Mr. Konta feared. But a few more injuries
won't hurt the liquor business is too far gone
to feel them.
Write to Your Senators to
Support the Woman Suff
rage Amendment, or, better
still, telegraph; Let Them
Know, the Wishes of their
Constituents and Most of
Them will Obey.
THE MAJORITY GROWS
War prohibition passed the senate .45 to 6 -"
(7 1-2 to 1); it passed the house 134 to, 27
(almost 5 to 1); it passed the White House
UNANIMOUSLY. The majority for prohibition
The President will need progressive democrats
in the senate and house to insure equitable
distribution of tax burdens while the war con
tinues and to deal wisely with the problems that
will demand attention when the war is over. .
Our soldiers are marching on to victory. En
courage them by buying Liberty bonds. Failure .
to furnish the money needed would encourage
the enemy. '
Go to the polls and vote November 5. The
stay-at-home vote indicates indifference; and no.
one can afford to be indifferent this year.
On November 11, n combined drive will be
made in behalf of tho various organizations that
are aiding the government, in its offort to main
tain in the army tho moral standards of tho
home. Heretofore, these organizations have
presented Separate appeals, but it has been de
cided, and wisely so, to combine them and divide
according to a ratio agreed upon all subscrip
tions which do n6t specifically name one of the
organizations as a beneficiary.
The "war has exerted a powerful influence in
drawing thp different denominations nearer to
gether. Gentile and Jew, Protestant and Catho
lic are fighting side by side; Ahey are sharing
risk and glory together. They have learned td
respect each other and each has become more
tolerant of the other's religion. They are not
less religious on ho contrary, their religious
convictions have been deepened but they have
learned charity, and that charity will have in
fluence when the war is over.
The joint appeal is a result of this coming
together and will, in turn, prove the cause of
a still closer union. The response ought to bo
prompt and generous. w. J. BRYAN.
NOT DEFEATED BUT DELAYED
THE JOINT DRIVE' " ; ".
"DELICATE" BUSINESS .. ;
MR. TAFT ON THE PRIMARY ' - -
- A GRATIFYING CHANGE
KAISERISM IN MINNESOTA .
ATTENTION, NEBRASKA VOTERS!
WET DEMOCRACY IN CALIFORNIA
NO PEACE WITH AUTOCRACY, SAYS .
PRESIDENT'S WOMAN SUFFRAGE
PROHIBITION: STATE AND NATIONAL
PRESIDENT'S WAR AIMS .SPEECH
BREWER GOLD TO BUY PRESS
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