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WUst 8f "tho democratic leaded .and,, hews-,
papers are so dafled Over the avalaricne that
thoy cannot talk coherently, William Jennings '
Bryan iahe first one to make an intelligent out-'
vcy of the situation, and to fix the responsibil
ity f or the dloastor. His statement has the
merit of being clear and understandable. Ho
places the blame on WoodroW Iwilsan, with
James M. Cox as the contributing' cause, v
ft Is a most scathing indictment, and yet it'. is
made with dignity and, restraint?, Mr. Bryan;'!
calls a spado by its "right namo and yet avoids
abuse. Those dyed-in-the-wool " . democratic -.
newspapers; which are trying to get som&.fcoii
tfolailou out of the situation by saying thatch
people wore milled should read' the Bryan state
ment with "cafe, and while tliey are readM'g it
thoy should keep in mind the fact that'it'edme
from a member of their own party, a manwlio .-,
was thrice the democratic c&hdidate for presi-
dent and who was the secretary of state In- the
cabinet of President Wilson..'"' "?'" ;"'"
..'"The president," .says Mr. B'ry'411, attempted "
to drive out, of public life every democrat who
dared to differ with him even in minute details;
while he made no effort to strengthen the demo
crats, whovmade him the keeper of their, con
science." Then he turns to the other side of the
plqtutB- and tolls how Mr. Wilson alienated re .
.publican support and invited partisan opposi
tion by his appeal for a democratic congress. that :.
would support his personal leadership,'. The
president blundered again when he tujbbornly
rot used - to accept the league with the few
changes made by the senate. Thus he 'prevented
ratification and thrust the league into the cam
paign as a partisan. 4ssue. "The people,", de
clares the former secretary of state, "confronted
with the chqiCe between presidential infallibility .
and respect for the opinion Of the majority of
the senate., naturally chose the latter, and the
democratic party, by indorsing the president's
position, invited the defeat that has overtaken
it." . - '
It may be galling to the Wilson worshippers
and It may displease Mr. Cox to be told that the
democratic candidate aggravated the situation
by "misrepresenting the position of the republi
can party on the league issue,'' but it .is the
truth and the truth must prevalh If ever de
feat was invited it was by Mf. Wilson and the
democratic managers. It is folly to rail at the
overwhelming, majority" of the American people.
They knew exactly what-they were doing. The
pajrt of. wlsd6m is to ascertain the cause and-to
profit by it. Mr. Bryan has attempted tp do
thah and ho places the blame upon Mr Wilson .
aad the administration In WashingtomPhiiav
delphia Inquirer. .". '
. BRYAN ON WIXSONISM
. .William Jennings Bryan has repeatedly .gone"
astray in deciding in advance the paramount (s-
sues of national elections. He.has been guilty -of
rash speech in campaigns aftd often, while in
the midst- of public affairs, he has-been de
ceived by his own idealism. Yet few men are
shrewder in grasping the meaning of political
"sentiment after the event than Mr, Bryan, What
ho has to say, then, of the election results of
last Tuesday bears the stamp of-historical
authority. We quote t . .. ,
"The president laid the foundation for. the dis
aster and Governor Cox completed the structure,
The president tried to drive out, of public. Hfe
every democrat who dared to . differ f rom him
even Jn minute details, while he made no ef
fort to strengthen the demqerata who miado him
the.,kejp,er of their conscience,'1 '" "-
Thus, from a source which can .scarcely be
disputed, is confirmed the opinion that tjhe real
Issue of the campaign, was Wilsonism.' The.
questions over the covenant of the league of na
tions, wore of minor importance, Cox repre
sented nothing in himself, being mer-ely tne echo
of Jthe voice in the White House. As democrats
o Independent mind were penalized for their
, independence arid democrats of weaKer wilial
Iqw'ed themselves, even while protest, 'to be
.driven into line, so their feelings, were communi
cated to millions of democratic partisans who, on
election day, voted. to cast out Wllsonlsm even;
tp the threatened destruction of their bwn-imrty, .
Tiijs final damnation of Wilsonism .recalls tne
jfani,(iuB remark of -the president, then, a 'private.
. the Nobra'skari into a hole while he .sw3crj
tary of state. Vet 1 remained for. Mr. Bryn
to behold Wilson himself, his pride and hijs Van
ity, knocked into a "cocked, hat" and losuppjy
words for the obsequies,; Detroit -Journal;? -.
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. BRYAN AS AN A'AIiYST .,.
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' ' Byeri Woodrow Wilson will- h,q,t.tfccusa William
L JOimJngs Bryan of Republican prtahshlpv Nr
''will the author of Article X charjge "the Nebia's
kan with membership in the, "senatorial .eiig
archy." Yet thednaiysfs of the causes of the
slaughter of Mr. Wilsorf and,' hlsr political ldeasy
GoVprnor Cox and his methods of campaigning,
are .far more cutting than anything" Republicans
have urged in their Calmer moments.
It was Bryan who made Wilsonj great oppor
. tunity, The Commoner fought the battle for the
inexperienced Wilson. He won. it against terrific
odds from other candida.tsand party field mar
shals. He f Pught as he had. hoover fought for
-himself, He gave Wilson the chance tp' prosecute
the ambitions 6l a lifetime; No. one man could
have been more willing to do for another than
Bryan did for Wilson. This Is sufficient to acquit
him of prejudice. ' - ..'.,
Yet Mr. Bryan repeats what,. the Republican
Who opposed- "the heatt' of. the covenant" said
against It. The Nebraskan.' puts, it into keener
words words that bite and burn and must strike
deeply into the obstinacy and autocratic egotism
of the President. Bryan goes further in his as
sertion that Mr. Wilson was npt only unreason
ably stubborn in. his stand for an impossible un
American condition, but attempted to drive gut
of public Jtfe every man of his own party -who
.opposed' even, a detail of his opinion. :,'
With it &l Mr. Bryan was loyajl enough Demo
crat to. maintain . complete silence during the
campaign. He allowed himself to he misunder
stood, misinterpreted, misrepresented, rather
than say a word that might injure the prospects
of Wilson's political heir. Opposed to Wilson's
attitude and Cox's acceptance of a wrong posi
tion, Bryan kept his mouth closed rather than
by speaking work injury to hisparty's candidate
Now that it is all over and the result what
Bryan foretold in the San Francisco c6nvention
and even before hat, he ,f eels free to express
an opinion "oh the combination of causes that
produced, tha massacre of Wilsonism. And he
is in no duobt. Mr. Wilspn himself is responsi
ble for the death of the league of nations and
in, pitfrticujar his favoted Article X. Ho dis-
dained every suggestion for reservation or
amendment with the same stuhborn autocracy
With which' he beat down every man of his own
party who dared tp hold a different judgment
from his own. The Commoner is still the big
man of his party, Pittsburg "Leader.
THE POWER oip SILENCE
For more tlfan twenty years one man in Amer
ica hag beep universally regarded as the pos
sessor of greater power in the creating of pub
lic opinion than any other man in the nation. He
has not always been able to win a majority of the
people to his way of thinking; but all students
of politics now agree that this man has been
able to lead more men into the channels of his
own poytlcal thought than any other one man the
nation has known.
' Butaf the voice of this man has been poweri
ful, in other years,. and it has been, very Power
ful, th'afc man's voice waB neyer "more ppwerful
than the silence of that voice during the late
campaign. At the national Democratic conven
tion, which was controlled absolutely by the Wil
son administration, -no effort was spared to
humiliate and even to spit upon William J Bry
an, His every proposal for platform planks was
-hooted. His every plea to the conscience of the
delegates was laughed down. His suggestions
for the putting of a few gems vt pure AmeS"
cIsmJnt? that part Qt the Patform which dealt
with the league of nations was regarded as a
covert thrust at the one man who claimed the
right to sit in the presidential chair and direct
the doings of the Democratic party as certa nly
as a Missourian directs the' movements pf his
on-jmiile; But, th shameful convention ad
journed; at last, .having worked the will of WIK
son In the making of al. platform, and having per
fected the plana of corrupt combination of po
litical crooks in the selection of a candidate.
The. voice of Bryan was heard in the national
convention, H pleaded with 'the delegates to
save the de old Democratic party-.'from the do
feat which must, follow servile fawning at the
feet of an autocrat In the White House, arid the
willing surrender of the nomination to a candi
date practically manufactured for the . occasion
by an element which had been as sttange to a
pure principle of .democracy as an, eagle is
strange to the haunts of an owl.
But when the shameful convention was at an
end the voice of that wonderful pleader for the
cause of peace among the nations of the earth,
and for purity in the politics of our own nation,
Was as Bilont as the grave. Soon following the
convention the successful combination which had
controlled its deliberations and its nominations
began to discover that the silence of, the Bryan
. voice was as dangerous as its activity -in other
'years. And then it was that the .iQadersvof the
Cox campaign began pleading with the pwner
.of that mighty voice to coin just one sentence
favorable to the Democratic qandidate for presi
dent. Even the haughty atmosphere of the White
House.-was subdued, and from that abode of
royalty the whisper went 'forth that if only the
voice of Bryan might be induced to join the
voices of Wilson and Cox in favor of the Demo
cratic nominee,, the Bryan Voice would be gladly
. hailed and acknowledged as part andparCel'of the
trinity of voices thus Bought to be launched in
behalf of jthp machine platform and the machine
candidate" of the Democratic party :y"
At this moment I- believe I may say, and with
out offense to the .proprieties, that the hig fel-
-lows Jh Charge ;of the Cox campaign went to the
length 'of sending. special envoys from Washing
tpntpebraska, to request, spmepessons who
ere regarded as personally dear: and politically
near to Mr. Bryan, to journey to Florida and
there induce the great Commoner to speak just
one word,in fyehalf of Cox. Did any real friend
-of Mr .Bryan and Nebraska hearken tH.he voices
6f ' the 'temtfters ?" Did they journey--tdfami or
elsewhere on such a mission? Not yeti-
And as the campaign progressed the silence
of the. Bryan voice became oppressive tp thevCox
-managers. -They were not only personally op-v-pressed"
but they could not fail-to discover that
. the silence, of the Bryan, voice was choking all
the. chances of success which Cox ever had as
certainly as the silent hugging of a serpent
crushes the life out of the body Of a fabbit in
its toils. . - .
But now that the campaign is over now that
every prophecy made by Bryan at San Francisco
'has! been fulfilled nPw that the dear old Demo
cratic party, in ewhoj3e cause this same Bryan
has given so freely of his life, lies bruised and
.bleeding, "stricken . down by the enemies of its
u principles beneath the roof of its own house, the
long silence of the Bryan voice has beep. broken,
and it is speaking, agam to the conscience 'of the
country, and to the shatoe of those 'base elements
which sacrificed the dear old party. of Jefferson
and Jackson upon an altar reared. tovi the gods
- of personal ambition and aggregated greed at
San Francisco. - -',
Listen to the words of that. Wonderful, voice
words -spoken on the day following the great
slaughter of last Tuesday. '" v- .
I commended the silence of the wonderful
Bryan .voice during the late unhappy.. campaign.
I commend the words of that wonderful voice in
these. days of. Democratic degeneracy, And while
I-shall always be "found in harmony-with those
who desire that our own beloved nation shall
do a fair part in uniting with the nations of the
world, in promoting peace among the, nations of
the eartheYen so I shall helieve .with Bryan
;that our America must not and" shallpot "sur
render to any foreign group -'df nations the right
to determine when our America' shall declare
,Avar."-E,dgar Howard, in Columbus, Neb., Telo-
gram. . .;" , .
: - . - RESUM CERTAIN "''
We haven't a, single tear to siiedovei the re
, suit. of Tuesday's election. Th'e rJsuit.nWds cer
tain, ' The staging was set at SanFitanci'sco. The -results
.of "that convention out ther,e, oiily bore
its fruit last Tuesday. The Dembcf atparty was
rput upon the auction block andWdJThe Mur
phy s,. Taggarts, Suilivans, and EdVards bought
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