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VOL. 20, NO. 5
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plemonts in tho Democratic organization which
would ubo that organization for undemocratic
purposes. , -
Men nnd nionoy wore sent to Nebraska to pro
yont Mr. Bryan's election. Every available in
fluence against him was utllizod. Even, tho in
qlomont weathor which provonted a full poll of
tho country vote, without oorlously affecting tho
city vote, Boomed to millato against Mr. Bryan
and yet ho was elected. Mr. Bryan had vory
candidly and vory positively said that if, he was
instructed as a dologate, to cast his vote for Mr.
Hitchcock, also of Nebraska, as a possible can
didate ho would rofuso to do so. And yet, Mr,
Bryan was elected.
It would require tho groon goggles of Intense
projudlco to soo in this a "defeat" for that very
distinguished' American, tho moro mention of
whoso name seems to provoke tho estcomed
Now York World out of all poise and falrnOss.
Evon if ho had been deprivod of the rights
and privileges of a delegate, Mr. Bryan's influ
onco would still have been vory groat, and undor
cortain conditions which may ariso, would have
amounted in effect to an essontial leadership.
This no ono roally questions, whatever tho pro
fessions may bo. It Is not so long since another
Democratic National convention was hold to
which Mr. Bryan had not been olectod a delegate,
and no ono has forgotten what ho did on that
occasion. As a dologato, with a delegate's un
deniable privileges, Mr. Bryan's influence will bo
still greater, of course, and no one who does not
underestimate Mr. Bryan's zeal and courage in
the causes that intorest him, doubts that ho will
inako the most 'Off ectlvo uso of those privileges.
Mr. Bryan's election as a dologato was a triumph
tot him but it will undoubtedly moan moro than
temporary personal success before tho Demo
cratic convention is over. Peekskill, N.- Y.,
AVfcTORY FOR PRINCIPLES
' Senator Hitchcock gots tho preferential vote
of Nebraska for president over tho former livery
man of Lexington, Neb., but the former livery
thlviv mfcdb a 'Vory respectable showing against
fcno distinguished senator. -
'-(Mr. Hitchcock must content himself with that
fcnimb of .comfort dolod out to him byNebraska
Democrats In Tuesday's primary.
" His national committeeman, through whom ho
IJiad' control of the Democratic state 'machine,
Isboaten; the majority of the Bryan delegates
tor'the riattoftal convention, Including Mr. Bryan
Himself ilfo elected; the Hitchcock candidate for
governor Is "snowed undor.
Iri ;sliort tho rout of the reactionary senator
ind'Shelk of-the Camels" is fairly complete
n OjhJie -pemoctfattc party control In this slate will
n'dreafSoV'tipr'dgresslve and dry and for equal
ftghlsHnd state's delegation to tho democratic
iaational convention will also bo prbgressive and
d'r and tor equal rights.
Those wero the issues of the Democratic pri
All progressive citizens of the state, regard
less of political" affiliation, will rejoice over tho
tult'. Particularly that this stato's'reprosentn
tives in tho San Francisco convention will uot
wander about like lost sheep until herded into
. tae camp of some boss, but will be, a dominant
force undor capable leadership in the interests
of progrosBlve policies and a progressive candi
date. Forward-looking citizens not only of Nebraska
tut of the nation will havo a voice in San Fran
cisco which will bo heard and heeded. v
Senator Hitchcock speaks of the T.esult as a
personal triumph for Bryan.
Ho is mistaken.
Tho primary vote was a triumph of principles.
l Omaha, Neb., News. i
A VITUPERATIVE CAMPAIGN DISASTROUS
The result of Tuesday's primary wouldi indi
cate., that the people decided to rebuke such vin
clictivoness as exemplified by tho World-Hprald
and Lincoln Daily Star during tho primary cam
paign, as applied to Mr. Bryan and his following.
Mr. Hitchcock, it will be noted, ran some two
"bnndred behind his ticket in this county. His
faithful friends, as well as 'himself , may learn
that when an issue becomes 'so burdened with
misrepresentation, aa shown in this campaign,
it becomes self-destructive. Mr. Bryan was With
the people in their effort to defeat the purpose
of re-opening an issue that is outlawed moral
ly. Mr, Bryan carried the state--in fact the
Bryan "slate" was successful, and ho, as well as
those who believe they wero on the side of right,
are to bo congratulated. J y
Another victory is the election ,of W. H.
Thompson for national committeeman oyer Mr.
Arthur Mullen, present incumbent. The Demo
crat congratulates tho people upon their victory.
In connection with this victory the
readers of the Democrat will pardon us if we
assume some of the crodit for this grand result.
--Hastings, Neb Democrat.
ANTJS STAND BY BRYAN
A Washington telegram is headed ''Antis Con
gratulate Bryan;" but it is a different kind of
antis to tho kind most frequently referred to
now-a-days tho anti-suffragots, to which Bry
an does not belong. He is a wild anti-whiskey
man, but no kind of anti-3uffraget not on your
life. But Bryan is anti in ono case but the anti-
thesis in the other dry in ono case ancL wet in
the other., ' '
But to tho telegram, which says:
"Tho Anti-saloon League is jubilating over
tho apparent come-back staged by William Jen
nings Bryan in NebraskaT in his election as delo-gate-at-large
to the Democratic national conven
tion. " 'Bryan's victory,' says tho league is a body
blow to tho beer and wine advocates.
"The importance of it Is doubly significant be
cause tho majority of Democrats heretofore in
Nebraska have been wet. It shows the change
of sentiment and the influence of women's
While this Great Religious Daily has gone on
record a few times as being anti-liquor and anti
suffraget, it will feel almost like forgiving Aunt
Susan Carrie Catman and others for what they
have done, if tho suffrage! s of Nebraska have
really voted for Bryan, and' in, that case they
have shown they are on the right .side of the big
moral question. For that act they are' entitled
to all crodit and proper consideration. Jack
son, Miss., Clarion-Ledger.
THE LAST SMILE
The fellow who smiles last gets the most sat
isfaction out of it. The spurious Democrats,
like Senator Hitchcock and other champions of
the whisky interests in Nebraska and elsewhere
were very' hilarious when the first returns came
in indicating that W. J. Bryan was defeated for
,delegate-at-large to the national convention.
Now that the returns are all in showing that
the great commoner is elected they refuse to be '
comforted. Their smiles have all turned to tears
and profanity. The-combination against him
was a powerful one which seemed almost ir
resistible, but the good people of that state, to
their honor and glory, stood by Bryan. Sena-,
tor Hitchcock entered tho presidential race for
the sole purpose of keeping Bryan out of the
national convention and received the humilia
tion he deserves. Senator Hitchcock says that
as a result of Bryan's election as a delegate to
tho Democratic national convention, "Hell w.ill
bo a poppln' " in San Francisco. Well, Bryan does
generally raise more or less trouble with evil
doers in these national conventions. -It is safe
to say this will be no exception. Clay Center,
York News-Times: Bryan won eleven of the six
teen delegates, from Nebraska. Hitchcock's in
opportune declaration in favor of a modification
of the prohibition law gave Bryan his chance
and his eloquence did the rest. It was what the
boys call "a bonehead" on the senator's part, but
possibly he thought he hatlto do it to head Gov
ernor Edward3 off in this state. He may have
found himself between the upper anct nether mill
stones. But you cant tell. One thing is certain
if you give Bryan a .text he will preacli" a per
.tending the Democratic convention as a delegate
and still ho won out. Its a hard Job to keep a
good man liko Mr. Bryan quiet while the poll
ticians -are endeavoring to put somethinK
crooked across. Greenfield, Iowa, Free Press.
The doctrine of noblesse oblige, as thrust into
the lulo" campaign by the Hitchcock democracy
deserves moro thorough attention than was pos
sible when the hUrly burly was in progress. Tho
Hitchcock democracy, comprising in the main
an element in politics that has regarded the vote
as something with which to effect a result and
Which they would just as soon exorcise under
Republican auspices as Democratic, insisted that
it was immoral for the Bryan democracy to
lure tho womonvote, not yet tied to any party,
into the Democratic primary. They said, in
offect, that good men owe a duty to their class,
the class of good men, the transcends all other
duties, and that it is to do nothing that would
shock the moral sensibility of any one, and ob
ligation to be noble at all times without regard
to what should happen to them for pursuing
that course. Tho hypocrisy of that is apparent.
They cared nothing tor the good or their good
ness. They were trying to enforce on the good
a codo of ethics that the bad knew was quixotic
and falsely bottomed but which if the good
would adopt would enable the wicked to 'have
their way. In short, it was a political trick.
The wet Democrats have never been Democrats
when the party was dry, but they insisted that
loyalty to democracy forced every dry Democrat
to support the ticket when the democracy was
wet. The dry Democrats, fought the wets with
'.their own weapons, and they whipped them.
The result certainly justified the means. Not
the least of the joys connected with the result
was that while the wets were preaching to the
dry the virtues and beauties of keeping Repub
licans out of the party primaries enough of the
wets .were streaming into the Republican pri
maries to leave the dry Democrats in the ma
jority. Lincoln, Neb., Evening State Journal.
, MR. BRYAN CAME BACK
And W. JV Bryan came back. The "Peerless
Leader" will be a delegate to the San Francisco
convention. Ho will write a dry plank in the
platform to offset the wot-one Gov. Edwards will
offer: -'The breweries,, Wall street and the ad
$ ministration forces fought against Mr. Bryan at-
' NEBRASKA AT "SAN -.FRANCISCO
Day melted into twilight gray
When up "from San Francisco bay
A v.aliant youth a banner bore,'
That all might read the single score .
Bryan!" v : ;
His manly features bore, a smile
That lit the street for half amile;v .
His eye was clear, his step was strong,
And this but burden of his song
"Stay," said a maiden, "rest yqur -head
Upon my shoulder Bryan's dead'-" - '
He slyly winked the other eye, ' , " ;
Passed proudly on and made "reply-4 '..'I
"Bryan." ' ;,s. .
An olu man with a. grizzled beard . uj$S
Gave admonition as he neared, "" ,'
"Tho anti-prohibition crowd , -.,
Are near at hand cry not so loud.-, ;
BryanI ' "
"Beware the tumult of the sea;
Beware the Hitchcock sni6korsnee!" .
The pallid patriot spake no more;
The brave lad answered as before
There broke about his neck and. chest
Eggs that had lon0 profaned the nest;
But, all undaunted by the smell,
He sent back this triumphant yell
With confidence and not affright
That youth tore here and there all-night;
And those who tried to sleep wduld hear
His voice and. answer with a cheer .
Two days of party fire and smoke
And then the huge convention broke,;'"
Into a storm of loud, acclaim. ' 'a' .
Who, was.. the' hero, what his name r
' -t-A. L, Bixby, in Nebraska State Journal.
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