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VOL. 20, NO. 5
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his friends who supported tho liquor cause . In
Nebraska, and it should servo as a warning to
all who havo aspirations to servo as., the chief
oxocutivo of tho nation.
"Tho official primary vote confirms my earlier
atatomont that Senator Hitchcock did not poll .
50 per cent of tho Democratic voto cast at. tho
recent primary und therefore is not tho choice
of 'Nebraska Domocrats for president
"To determine tho total of tho Democratic
voto cast at tho primary, it scorns that tho on
ly fair way would bo to tako tho leading man
on the Hitchcock ticket, Mr. Novillo, whose vote
vyas 30,006 and add it to tho loading delegate's
Vote on thoBryan ticket, which was Mr. Bryan
himself, whoso vote was 37,086 and it shows a
total votq cast at" the primary olection of 76,152.
Fifty per cent of tho total vote is 38,076, Sena
tor Hitchcock's entire vote in the state is 37,
45 Or '624 less than 50 per cent of tho Demo
crqii voto cast at tho recent primary.
, .,. "Senator Hitchcock's losing fight aganist Mr.
Bryan and his subserviency to tho liquor causo
:, ends his- campaign for tho presidency and has
, v.caupqd him to withdraw from a losing contest
for leader of the United States Senate.
"Tho Domocrats of Nobraska have spoken.
Sonator Hitohcock should withdr.aw his namb
1 as a presidential candidate and thus leave the
Nobraska delegation free to represent tho best
..interest of the state and party at San Francisco.
"' "Tho 'Nebraska democracy, which has been
v,iihdop a could for the past four years, can
again take its place as the leader of the progres
sive democracy of tho nation.
"If the" Democratic state organization will re-
Mft nODganlssQ., itself and tho Democratic state candi-
4m4latQ will, publicly announce themselves as being
,- . in. liarmohyHwith public opinion in Nebraska on
tlio martf!" issues which were involved in tho
recent primary contest, tho Democratic party can
regain its standing in Nobraska and go into the
n .. campa'f gii with tho hope of election and of being
.jpjorYjc.e'td the people of "the state.
?i;u "My brother asks me to congratulate Mr.
" Thompson and the. successful candidates for
delegate on the ticket with him on their elec-
, tloju, -ajad to kindly thank those on our ticket
! .wwhQ, yanAnd lost, the progressive Demo-
it. c ctfatsjjiuo jfjrst voter women, the country Demo-
k ti i vcratlcA pross tho independent press, the Anti-
J" ;Saloqn .League forces and all other good, people
.". ofnthe.fltate who assisted in'the fight toprevent
l ,.t the. .Democratic party from being 'used for an
'::; JMBryan's Platform
The following appeal to the 'voters, of No-
n-r Drapica,. issueu. uy rar, nrynn ueioreuie recent
, rihar1es,' outlines the platform and the issues
. ..,updn y;hich ho based his' candidacy for delegate
at-largevto the Democratic National- convention
at San Francisco: . -
- .. r " First- -I am opposed to universal compulsory
military training and, if a delegate, shall vote
against it in any form in which it may be pro
"'Bonted. Tho enormous cost of such a system
would bo sufficient objection, If we have made
the ' world safe for democracy, our expenses
should be reduced instead of increased. But a
still greater objection is to "bo found in the fact
that such a system would cultivate a spirit of
militarism which would destroy the hope of uni
"Second I am opposed tothe profiteer and, if
a delegate, shall" favbr a platform pledging the
Democratic party to deflnito and specific reme
dial legislation, such as Trade Commissions in
state and community with powers as ample as
the powers of the Federal Trade. Commission;
also laws' requiring cost and .selling price, to be
marked on the goods or fixing a maximum rate
of profit as we now fix the rate of. interest.
Profiteering must stop.
"Third I am in favor of a bonus to service
men to bo paid out. of a tax imposed, on war prof
its. Those who wore made rich by the war should
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furnish tho money to pay for the sacrifices made
by those who served in the war. .
"Fourth I am opposed to private monopolies
and believe that our party has been right in de
claring in four national platforms that a private
monopoly is indefensible and intolerable. We can
not afford to abandon that position now when all
the beneficiaries of private monopoly are mass
ing under one banner to deprive the people of
their right to own and operate natural monopo
lies that is, the enterprises in which competi
tion is impossible. The Democratic party is a
progressive party and must protect the public
from tho schemes of Wall street. -
"Fifth I am in favor of legislation that will
guarantee to the farmer and. the wage-earner
just treatment and a fair share of. the .wealth
that they produce.
"Sixth We need above all other .things just
now a national bulletin not a newspaper, but a
bulletin under bipartisan control, furnished to
all who desire it at a nominal cost a bulletin
which will present to the people the Issues upon
which they must act, with editorials presenting
the arguments for and against the action pro
posed, so that every citizen may intelligently ex
ercise the duties of citizenship and give to his
government the benefit of his judgment and his
conscience. The avenues of information are' at
present in private hands, and editors being hu
man, have a bias which makes it impossible for
them to present both sides fairly; and to make
the situation worse, the great predatory inter
ests are in position to influence many newspapers
in addition to those wjiich they absolutely con
trol. If (here is anything for wbicb. a govern
ment like ours can afford to spend money, it is to
inform those upon whose will the government
rests. ' -
"Seventh I am in favbr. of equal suffrage and
welcome woman into th.e arena of politics in the
confident belief that she will use the ballot to
hasten the triumph of every righteous cause.
"Eighth I am heartily in favor .of constitu
tional prohibition and favor a platform declara
tion accepting it as the permanent policy of tho
country and opposing any weakening of the en
forcement law now on. the statute books.
"Ninth I am in favor of the immediate rati
fication of the treaty with the reservations al
ready, agreed unon by a decisive majority of the
entire Senate and by more than two-thirds of
those favoring ratification. Any needed changes
can be made in the League. I shall, if a dele
gate, oppose any and every attempt to make the
reservations, a campaign issue. No party, least
of all a Democratic party, pan afford To claim for
a minority of tho Senate the right to declare the
policy of the nation. To deny ratiAcation and
.make the. treaty a partisan issue would be a
crime against our own nation, which has press
ing domestic problems to meet, and against the
world that; needs our Counsel and advice in the
League to save civilization from the horrors of
another war. I am in favor of electing our ren
resentatiyesto the League by popular vote, and
believe that they should bo instructed to favor
the immediate admission of Germany to tho
Leaguo, the immediate reduction' or armaments'
in all nations, and a .referendum on war excont
, in case of actual invasion. World peace is p08
sible only on the basis of brotherhood.
SENATOR HITCHCOCK'S CANDIDACY
"The above statement of my views explains
why I can not support Senator Hitchcock fir th
Democratic presidential nomination. The Snnn
tors' record follows: na"
"First Eight years ago ho was the Nebraska
representative of the Wall street group that tried
to secure for Governor Harmon the Democratic
.nomination for president, and he has since indi
cated no change of heart. His nomination would
bo a triumph for Wall street and a rebuke to tho
"Second He joined the Republican members
of the Currency committees opposing the Cur
rency bill now a law. He stood with Wall street
in fighting this measure, the most important eco
nomic reform accomplished by the Wilson admin
istration, and his nomination would be construed
as a pledge to put Wall street in charge of tho
Federal Reserve System.
N "Third He is opposed to prohibition. He op
posed it before Nebraska adopted it and, even
after Nebraska had adopted it by 29,000 major
, ity, he voted against tho submission of the Na
tional amendment which was ratified by the Ne
braska legislature with but one dissenting voto.
The National amendment has now been ratified
by forty-five states, including every Democratic
state, and we are now living under an enforce
ment law passed by more than two-thirds' of
both houses. Senator Hitchcock has declared
for such an amendment of the enforcement law
as Will restore the use of wine and beer, without
defining tho alcoholic content, thus reopening
the entire question and trying to make the party
the champion of an outlawed traffic. His nomi
nation would be a offense to the conscience of
the nation. It would make tho liquor question
the paramount domestic issue and condemn the
Democratic party to disgrace as well as defeat.
"Fourth He opposed equal suffrage even
after Nebraska had conferred suffrage upon
woman by statute. He voted against submitting
the National Suffrage amendment at a time when
his vote would' have carried the resolution and
given to a Democratic congress the honor of sub
mitting this great amendment. In so doing he
declined to follow the wishes of his constituents
expressed by the unanimous vote of the Nebraska
legislature. His nomination would doubly offend
the women voters of the nation he would tio
the mothers' hands and at the same time permit
the saloons to rob her of her children.
"Fifth After fighting for the ratification of
the treaty for eight months, he helped the ir
reconcilable foes of the treaty to defeat it and
now, holding in contempt the needs of our own
nation and the welfare of the world, he seeks to
further his ambition by using the treaty as an
"Having in mind my obligation to the
progressive Democrats of the nation as well as
my interest in the success Of my party and the
good of the country, I can not yote for Senator
Hitchcock's candidacy. If I am chosen as a dele
gate and he receives the state's instruction, I
shall represent the Democracy of the state on
other matters but leave an alternate to vote for
Mr. Hitchcock". I can thus carry out the wishes
of my party expressed at the primary instead of
repudiating the right of the people to rule as
Senator Hitchcock did when he refused to give
expression to the known will Of the people of
" Nebraska On prohibition and suffrage, I stated,
when a candidate for delegate in 1912, that, if
the state instructed for Harmon (Senator Hitch
cock's candidate). I would resign as a delegate
and allow someone else to carry out the state s
instruction. Senator Hitchcock attacked me
then as now. I received 5,000 more votes than
- he did and the state convention endorsed my
course at Baltimore.
"If the Democrats of Nebraska desire me to
represent them as delogate-at-large, I appeal to
them to elect those upon- the ticket with me, as
' "Delegates-at-largo Dan V. Stephens, J. J
Thomas, George W, Berge and William J. Bryan.
"District Delegates First District, Charles A.
Lord, Joseph H. Miles; Second Dist., Mrs. B. B.
Towl, Lieut. Albert E. May; Third Dist., Seymour
S. Sidner, Mrs. Marie Weekes; Fourth Dist.,
George Landgren, V. E. Stahl; Fifth Dist., Geo.
E. Hall, W. M. Somerville; Sixth Dist., Frank J.
, Taylor, Charles W. Beal.
"My associates are all 'progressive and deserve
the confidence 'of the party. I urge also the elec-
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