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WILLIAM J. BRYAN, EDITOR AND PROPRIETOR"
VOL. 20,1 N0..7
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.Lincoln, Nebraska, July, 1920
Whole Number 735
PtifcOnly Drys on
Peace and Prohibition
Rememberjthat no president, howeyer wet,
can weake'tibfe, Volstead enforcement-law with
out the aidftotawet congress. Remember also
that a 'dry congress can by a two-thirds vote'
impeach any wet president who by failure to en- -force
the, Volstead law violated .his oath of of
fice. It'is" therefore vitally important to elect
a dry 'Senate and House. Vote dnly for dry can
didates. Ifiri ny state or district, both candi
dates are 5?ry candidates should be nomi
nated by petition. Put-only drys on guard.,
W. J. BRYAN
Cox's" pogttibVtlaM'been that congress CAN"
permit an Increase in tho alcoholic content of
beyerasf,litiird weaken the, enforcement,,
be ffnilnMBWOTH "
then romembarwthat a congress dry by a two to
one majority can impeach a President if he fails
to enforce the law, There is very little that he
can do ifrConigrjBssdoes its-duty. f
3$tf . ' WVJ' a'
In IfTlTli ii in ifflMffiiPlI JPITi ff "
1'.?1- I I i-AL. IIII ' "VS
(Speech delivered by William Jennings jJry- ,
an before the Democratic National Convention
in session at San Francisco, July 2, 1920, IiF
support of Jthe fivo platform amendments offered i
Apostrophe to Water. All bail to
the drink of drinks to wator, the
. daily need of every living thing! It
. 'ascends from the earth in obedience to
to 'the summons of the sun, and de-
sceuds- in showers of hlessiugs. It gives'
"forth of its sparkling beauty to the
fragrant flower; its alchemy trans- "
mutes base clay into golden grain: it
IS the radiant canvas upon which tho
fingers of tho Infinite traces the rain-
- " bow of promise It is the beverage' that
refreshes and brings no sorrbW with'
It. ' ; Jehovah looked upon it at crea
tion's dawn and 8aid 'It is good." -
jProra 'Total Abstinence, Speech, K Y.,
T.l.n'lHW v f-f
" S.i.r .: .'
Mr. McXdoo. signalizes his defeat by saying
that thioesidential primaries should be
abolished and the old convention system re
stored, T;he-;rd$8tinguishd ex-Secretary is walk
ing bacXSirdi... The "San Francisco convention
furnishes a: good illustration of what the bosses
can do. nW?'eed a NATION-WIDE! PRESI
DENTIAL" PRIMARY and need it DADLY.
Candj'dateCox, In his first interview, added
a plank&dloVplatftrm. He declares himself
in favorAdr8iorepeatot-the EXCESS PROFITS
TAX-thov'latfbrra was silent on the' subject.
If he wUL-lielp shake off-the profiteers there
will be srio -excess profits. Why remove the -tax
before weeinftve -profiteering?
I shaihBdjiscuss the? -Democratic ticket in
this issuSTo Paraphrase; the words of Mark-
AntTidffiSSttVto.th? Sravc th e djT
PlankVndfemust pause until it. comes back, to
me. . -vf rtt. . -. .. w. J. Jiiii.
In tnV-rgreabao .ball game at SaSa Francisco
the Bfewirs&no beat the .Brigade nipe in spite
of the 'faK the" president insisted on being
Tho penjoqratic National convention at San
Francisco 'nominated- James JMCox of Ohio for
presidenf irid Franklin Roosevelt of "New
York for vice president.
il J.' " " Jir
tion: The first subject to which l invito your
attention is the one that seems to arouse the
deepest interest because upon it there Is evi
dence of the widest difference of opinion. There
is no concealing the fact there is no desiro.
to conceal the fact that tho Eigthcenth amend
ment has" 'wrought a tremendous .change in our
country. But the change has como at the close
of a discussion that has lasted nearly fifty years.
Fer tenyears prohibition of the- liquor traffic
has been under consideration in all parts of
Tho Prohibition amendment to the national
constitution was submitted in the regular way.
In the Senate, the resolution received five more
than threerfourths of tho votes, and in the House
it rcelve,d considerably more than two-thirds
of the votes, tho twp leading parties casting
about the same precentage of their vote for and
against. The constitution requires that an
amendment .shall be ratified by .three-fourths
of the states; this amendment was ratified by
forty-five of the forty-eight states, nino more
than the number required. (Applause.) Tho
resolution submitting this amendment allowed
seven years for ratification; it required a little
less than one year and one month to secure the
necessary thirty-six states, and the forty-fivo
states ratified in less than sixteen months.
Every Democratic state in the union ratified
this amendment (Applause); all but three"
of the Republican stales rauuea. muufwiw
of the states have, by their individual action,
fated to exclude the liquor traffic from their
lAon nrt nearly all of the thirty-seven
states banished 4-he saloon by popular vote.
In some states tho "question had been sub
mitted as many as five times, and each time
an increasing vote has been recorded in favor
of the policy of prohibition It is. therefore
no new question forced upon the nation without -notice
Every one now recognizes that the
-amendment is a part of our constitution, and
ihat It ia there to stay. (Applause). Every
; one admits that the-liquor traffic is dead, never
to be resurrected- :(AppIause and confusion).
The question is wh.ether wo shall recognize it
as Vad and proceed' bury it or allow it to
lie abovo. ground uncovered that is the only
question, (Applause). There is no doubt that
toe traffic is S corspe, and decency requires-that
a corpao shall bo covered up so that it may nbt
offend tho senses. " l
The minority report offered by my djhj-
tingulBhcd friend from Now York docs ndt pito-
poBe to repeal tho amendment; it rocognizo it
as a pormnnont part of tho constitution, and Mr
Cockran declares in favor of tho enforcement of
that amendment. Tho only quantlon tjixt Im
raises is whether, within tho limit of lh
amendment, tho onforcomont lav should ha m
changed as to allow, not the return of tho saloon,
or tho manufacture and sale of intoxicating
liquors but a modification of tho enforcement
law that will allow a man to manufacture or
homo use uon-iutoxicating beverages containing
-moro than one-half of ono por cent of alcohol v
Down to this has the opposition been redu&e4.r
Tho question yon have to decide is" whether !i,
is worth while to ftistrttb a whole nation in orij: .
to secure a change which, when secured, wJH J
permit the manufacture for homo use of a tot
crjage that, though not InlxicaUuff, can cotfjia.jjk ;
juoro.-aico;io jtnnnana BrjmPJHWii , u ,
vjTH&vploih fare 0XJh0aendmepfot ,
by the gentleman from New york wU not ,l)
very large; 5'ou cannot, expect a Jaftje row Ik
favor of any wet proposition. The tml njwe
tion to bo decided is whether wo shall declare
in our platform in favor of probibltiph an am-,
bodied in the Eighteenth amendment, and for iHto
enforcement law Interpreting that amendments
or whether we shall be silent op tho subject,
Tho Republican convention was silent, but,
thank (Jod, a Democratic tfonvUntion baa cour
ago as well as principles. (Applause).
Tho Democratic party led this tight; It wan
tho Democratic south that raised tho standard
of this, the grcatost moral reform of the gfca-,,
eratfon, and tho nation has followed the atantf- ,
ard to overwhelming victory. Shall we accept ,
tho result sullenly just acquiesce with tear
'in the voice or shall wo rejoice that the baa
ner of our party has been lifted so high- that
it draws to it those who bolleve that conscious
should control politics? Enemies of the bom
should not be pej-mltted to raise their blood
stained flag abovo tho Stars and Stripes. (Ap
If we simply declare in favor of tho amend
ment, and the enforcement of it, we leave the
vay open for the change which the gentleman
from New York proposes, namely, a change
in tho law increasing the alcoholic content or
in other respects, modifying the law in the di
rection of leniency toward those who violate
It. Wo should, in my judgment, leave no chartcft
for misunderstanding, and no opening for
quibbling. Therefore, I include in ray plank
a, declaration against any Increase in the aj
cohqlic content of permitted beverages, and
against any weakening of any other provision of
"We believe, that, when wo have won a vic
tory that terminates a curse that bas come
down to many from the earliest ages we should
not encourage further discussion -of the subject
or invite lawlessness In any part of the coun
It Is alcohol that we hate, and we hate ft
whether we find jt in whisky, wine, or in beer
If anyone tells you that wine is a harmle
drink, I remind you that as far back as the
time of Noah wine made men drunk. The
nthi. o.vct thnf whan Noah came out of th
Ark ho planted a vineyard and drank of tb
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