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Letters From Commoner Readers
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and I'll toll' you what the man !,
Bible says, "By their fruits you aha lMr-
Adam E. WIso, Indiana. I have read with
a groat deal of interost "A Constructive Pro
gram" by tho Hon. William Jonnings Bryan,
and will say that I am in hearty accord with
all tho fiftoon propositions therein sot forth, and
am willing to givo some of my time in organ
ization work or any other work that is neces
sary to havo those principles incorporated in the
next democratic National platform.
Albert B. Shaw, Pennsylvania. I have read'
with much interest the largo measure of re
forms, as you havo set forth in "A Constructive
Program". Your fifteen points are admirably
statod with that lucidity of expression, as is tho
custom of tho Great Commoner, and I congra
tulate you that you have thus early put forward
a comprehensive program which must arrest tho
attontion and ongago tho earnest thought of all
thoso intelligently concerned in a just solution
of our national problems. We aro glad to' hoar
again tho voice that thrilled tho country in tho
campaign of 1896, calling onco more for united
offorts in behalf of tho country's welfare the
need of larger vision and stronger grasp in the
management of their domestic affairs, as relates
to every department of tho national government,
ijn order that it may bo, indeed, in this order,
"a government, of tho ptoplo, by tho people, and
for tho people", as Lincoln asserted. One by
one, wo havo lived to see many of tho reforms
advocatod by you for more than two decades,
socurod by legislative action, and become tho
constitutional law of tho land tho Prohibition
amondment being tho last one to be embalmed
in that time honored national instrument to
Nobraska the honor and credit of being the
thirty-sixth state to ratify.
MartU Bauer, Ohio. I have always agreed
with Mr. Bryan in all the things he advocated,
and favor all the principles a:. I Issues outlined
in tho "Constructive Program", especially gov
ernment ownership o railroads. Being a rail
road man mysolf, I hear men praising Mr. Bryan
every day. The past year is the first evidence
of satisfaction I have ever seen among railroad
men. They attribute their happiness and con
tent to Prosidont Wilson, Bryaa and McAdoo,
three men who should have been on the stage
of action long ago. Mr. Bryan has done more
than any other man to teach the people the
results of postponing prevention until after dis
aster. His proverbs are coming true. I realized
this in 1896. I favor woman suffrago because
women are more sympathetic than man, and
this will give tho deformed and sightless a bet
ter show in this world of tr uble nd worry.
Men are not a reasonable and considerate as
they should bo. I am for Mr. Bryan, tho great
flghtof for peace, temperance and integrity.
Theo. Carroll, Montana. I certainly appre
ciate the work Mr. Bryan is doing for the peo
ple, and wish I was able to do more to help
him. You may send copies of The Commoner
for distribution at any time.
' P. K. Thorns, Ohio. I heartily fndorse the.
high ideals Mr. Bryan has always advocated and'
is advocating at tho present time. It has been
yery clearly demonstrated that American mills .
opened to the American workingmen and having.'
enjoyed a high protective tariff at the expense
of tho people havo furnished a better dumping
ground for unnaturalized foreign labor than
open American mints would." have furnished for
tho free silver of the world.
John A. Snyder, Ohio. I am in favor of all
the issues Mr. Bryan" advocates. I am a firm
believer in government ownership of railroads,
prohibition and woman . suffrage. I also belieye
that tho "Constructive Program" should be in
corporated in the national democratic platform
Thomas McCarthy, Iowa. I am anxious to
see suggestions from every reader of The Com
moner and especially the charter members, as
I am one. If we elect a president and a reac
tionary congress, it will prove fatal. To avoid
this the only way out of it that I can see is
to call an early mass meeting in every state
and conscript men of the right type to fill the
highest office in the state down to the lowest.
We have recently seen the results of a reaction
ary member of the congress. Senator Hitchcock
of Nobraska, who when instructed by his legis
lature to vote for woman suffrage, his answer
in reply was that the instructions were contrary
to Lis own convictiolis. He defeated the sub
mission of woman suffrage to the people and
defeated a democratic measure. I suggest the
conscripting of William Jennings Bryan for
president and Henry Ford for vice-president.
Can any reader of The Commoner suggest the
names of two men who would be more humiliat
ing to the foes of the people. The foes of "the
people consist of three groups, the profiteers,
the promoters of war and the promoters of
booze. Their business is making widows and
orphans, broken hearted mothers and breaking
up families, all three working in harmony with
each other. Can any reader of The Commoner
suggest two men who have more of the moral
force of the nation behind them than William J.
Bryan and Henry Ford? If they can I would be
pleased to hear their names. I believe the office
should seek the candidate instead of the can
didate seeking the office. I believe that it is the
duty of every moral citizen in every community
to accept an office high or low when it tendered
him for the moral welfare of the community.
Daniel Webster is quoted as saying, "Tell me
the books man reads and the company he keeps
will prove a vietorv tnv i y.
fnrlrr-nvn. I x I" "" lOPIQ and ,.Z
the man offering these suggestio'ns'canS
J. H. Lemmond North Carolina.- x .?
hearty accord with every one of tin L Q u
ably set forth by Tho Commoner? In li?, w
there is no other nublicatinn L lYyoi,lnK
that can even be compared with The km l
In defending the riehtn nf , '".Umniner. J
a class by itself. " ma3se3 b U
J. P. Schoeser, Alaska. I am in favnr ,.
tho issues in your "Constructive Procram" .2
,all that-Mr. Bryan advocates. 8 m anl
' Wt'' TT?Ier' Illin;?-I havo always agreed
with Mr. Bryan in all the reforms ho hw S
vocated and heartily - indorse all of his "n
structive Program". In my opinion, Mr Brm
is the greatest man living or that has lived s
Paul, tam a little inclined to favor the laboriar
man's position on the railroad question if w
laboring man was permitted to share the profits
with tho government I believe he would cha
Walter Ragland, Missouri. I have been a
reaTder of Tho Commoner for years and like It
very much, however, I have been so disgusted
tho past three years that I have almost lost con
fidence in the ability of the people to govern
themselves, it seems so hard to get democrat!
who will stay put after they got into office. I
think Hon. William Jennings Bryan is the great
est living champion of the e mmon people in this
or any other country. I am in favor of Mr.
Bryan for the democratic nominee for president
in 1920. If there is any gratitude in the dry
forces in tho nation they should surely get be
hind Hon. W. J. 'Bryan. We will also have lo
fight ,the imperialists. They are in a small min
ority, out they- have the papers and plenty of
Peter Alberts, Idaho. Your "Constructive
Program", ta"ce it all through, Is to my knowl
edge the clearest and most just of any bulletin i
I have seen published in a newspaper, and I am
posted with numbers.
C. R. Stevenson, Missouri. I have read your
principles laid down in the last issue of The
Commoner for use of reconstruction, and I can
heartily subscribe to all of them. The one thing
that I like best is the one that provides for a
national initiative and referendum for the peo
ple. If all the others laid down by you fall, I
hope this one will succeed.
C. W. Broomhell, Ohio,. I am in full acCord
with all the reforms you are advocating, anaii
you are as successful in the future as you law
been in the past you will have much more to oa
proud of than being president.
(Continued on page 13.)
WOMAN SUFFRAGE WINS IN
A Washington dispatch, dated
JunO 5, says: Tho house woman suf
frago resolution which passed the
houso May 21, by a vote of 304 to
89, was adopted on Wednesday by
tho senate and the proposed consti
tutional amondment now goes to tho
states for ratification. Tho vote was
i 56 for adoption and 25 against, or
i two more than two-thirds majority
i Tho amendment was sunnorted bv
86 republicans and 20 democrats and
opposed by 17 democrats and 8 re
publicans. It received two more v.otas
than were needed to make tho re
quisite two-thirds. .
'The suffrage amondmont toxt follows:
"Aoticle 1, Section 1. The right of
citizens of tho United States to vntn
shall not be denied or abridged by
mo uiuluu otutoa ur uy uny state on
account of sex.
"Section 2. Congress shall havo
power, by appropriate legislation, to
enforce tho provisions of this ar
ticle." It was exactly 5:25 p. m. when
President Pro-tem Cummins, from
the chair, made the 'announcement to
tho expectant crowds in the naileries
who had sat through a tense all-day
acaate waiting for the final vote to
be taken. Ho said:
"This resolution has received the
affirmative votes of more than t.wn-
thirds of the senate, a quorum being-
present, and is declared to havo
passed the senate in accordance with
the constitution of the United
' Wild applause from the rraliora
followed the announcement. n.nri tim
suffrage cohorts immediately fled to
mo steps or the canltnl whm
demonstration was staged.
' The resolution was signed by Sena
tor Cummins and transmitted at once
to the house, where, at 5:33, it was
signed uy speaicer Uillett t nd laid be
fore the house two minutes later.
Tho senators who vntAri ntminnf ,
Republicans ttnvnii tt..wv
Dillingham, Knox, Lodge, McLean!
'UUDUai v uuaworia. Total G
Dial, Fletcher, Gy, Harrison, Hitch-
SJIfui STS1?10?' . ReGd' Simmons,
Smith (Md.), Smith (S; CO, Swan-'
son Trammell, Underwood, Williams
Wolcott. Total 17. " .'
Senators Paired -. -.Ball and King
(for) with Shields (againdt), Calder
and Townsend (for) with Penrose
(against). Gerry and Johnson fS.
D.) (for) with Pomerene (against).
benators Owen, Robinson, and Smith
of Georgia absent and not paired.
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