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THE COMMONER, LINCOLN, NEn.
Paul included Hope with Love in his wonder
ful tribute to tho latter. He singles out throe
-words as worthy of special consideration: Faith,
Hope, Love. Whjle he gives the preference to
tho last of the three, it is an honor to any virtue
to bo made tho connecting link between Faith
But long before the great apostle thus digni
fied' this virtue, it had earned a place in man's
affections. Life would bo of little worth without
hope; no matter how dark the present, how
painful the experiences through which we are
passing, tho star of hope shines above us and
.gives us courage to struggle on.
No physical disability, no lack of education,
no scarcity of money, can bring dispair while
Hope remains. The mind can work in spite of
tho body's ailments and even a little learning
can make one useful if tho heart is right. "Bo
of good cheer" is not mockery oven in the dark
est hour. It rests' upon a solid foundation be
cause history shows that dotermination.ycoupled
with ideals, can win against any obstacles except
death, and Hopp looks oven heydnd the grave.
Men with one arm have sometimes succeeded
where less heroic spirits have failed with two;
"men with one leg have sometimes made a better
race than those who have two. In a word, the
WILL has more to do with one's success 'than
hoalth or soundness of limb. If all build on
the virtues Hope will have a sure abiding place
In every life. W. J. BRYAN.
The "destiny" argument is usually the sub
terfuge of tho invertebrate who, lacking the
courage to oppose error seeks some plausible
excuse for supporting it. It is a complacent
philosophy; it obliterates the distinctions be
tween right and wrong and makes individuals
and nations the helpless victims of circum
stance. Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a
mutter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited
for, it is a thing to be achieved.
Man's opinion of what is to be is half wish
and half environment. Ayarice paints destiny
with. a dollar mark before it; militarism equips
It tyith a sword.
He is the best prophet who, recognizing the
omnipotence of truth, comprehends most clearly
the great forces which are working out the
progress, not of one party, not of one nation.
hut of the human race. W. J. BRYAN,
The grave is but a narrow star-lit strip be
tween the companionship that was and the re--tmion
that is to be.
"The King of Shadows" may come between us
and the light, as tho night conceals the sun but
it cannot lesson the brightness of yesterday,'
A child, though in the tomb, still Uvea in tho
liv.es it haa holped to mould.
"Washington, Fob. 1 Secretary Daniels re
ceived tho unique honor tonight of a farewell
dinner tendered him by the full membership of
tho house naval affairs committee, Republicans
and Democrats alike attending. Party lines
also wore thrust aside in the expressions of
praise and commendation by committee mem
bers for the achievements of Secretary Daniels'
eight years of naval administration.
"Representative Britten, of Illinois, ranking
Republican member of the committee, declared
that of all the members of the out-going cabinet,
Secretary Daniels alone would leave ofllce with
his 'flag flying at top mast,' despite the
'avalanche of criticism' he had weathered at
periods of his administration. Representative
Padgett, of Tennessee, Democratic member, de
clared tho record of the navy's administration
during the war was one of 'spotless purity.' "
The above dispatch indicates that Honorable
Josephus Danfels, Secretary of the Navy,- has
compelled an acknowledgement of his merits by
the Naval Affairs Committee of tho Republican
House. This is very gratifying to Secretary
Daniels' friends. Those who recall the early days
of this administration remember how malignant
ly the big interests of tho east and the Republi
can partisans of tho whole country attacked Mr.
Daniels. He was ridiculed in poetry and in
prose. When he made the navy dry j;he wets
joined in the attack and tried to drive him out
of tho cabinet, but he went about his business,
carrying both his democracy and his religion in
to his work. No one has been able to question
his democracy and no one has dared to attack
his integrity. Onslaught followed onslaught but
he came out from each investigation with his
records clear and his critics confounded. He
will retire from the. office with universal respect,
"His flag flying at top mast," as Representa
tive Britten declared. .
Here's to the brave secretary who did his duty
at every step, "May his shadow never grow less."
W. J. BRYAN.
reforms can come only through .tho joint action
of tho two great parties, but the parties always
unite when the heat, of controversy is- sufficient
when the "fullness of time -has come." It
took twenty-one years to secure the popular
election of senators, but when it was secured
there was no turning back. It took seventeen
years to secure the income tax amendment, and
now an income tax is a prominent part of our
fiscal system. It took a long while to secure
prohibition but at .last the two parties laid aside
other issues and won the greatest moral victory
of the generation. It took many years to secure
woman suffragp but it is here and woman's con
science will be felt in the settlement of every
great issue hereafter.
These are only a few of the victories that havo
come within a generation and others are to
follow. When one surveys the wonderful ac
complishments of recent years, the stings of
malicious criticism and the abuse of those whose
predatory practices were interfered with are for
gotten in the joy that comes with the triumph of
-righteous causes, ,and from association, with co
workers. Very truly yours,
W. J BRYAN.
COIVIPENSATIONS IN POLITICS
The following is in answer to an inquiry:
I beg to say that I know of no sufficient rea
sons for public service except a sense of duty,
and that its principal compensations are a con
sciousness of service rendered to the public and
the friendships that are formed between people
who agree in political ideals. The salaries which
we pay are not, as a rule, large enough to tempt
those who are qualified for the positions to
which the salaries are attached. That is, a per
son who meets the requirements of the office can
generally secure a larger income in private life'
when the expenses of politics are taken into con
sideration. Then, too, the annoyances of public
life are apt to deter one frotn becciing a can
didate unless he is spurred on by the belief that
he can aid his countrymen. The largest service
that the man in public life can render is to deal
fairly with the two elements into which society
is. generally speaking, divided, namely, tax
eaters and tax payers. The tax eaters are clam
orous and ever present in person or by repre
sentatives; the tax payers are at home trying
to make enough money to pay the next assess
ment. A largo . art of the energy of the govern
ment is spent in the collection and disbursement
of taxes; and the struggle, therefore, between
the few and the many is- an unending one. The
few seeking privileges are provided with means
for the favoring of friends and the punishment
of opponents. Only those whose sympathies
with the masses can hope to withstand the temp
tation to take the aids of privilege
There will' be found, however,' in state and
nation those who are serving because they feel
that their services are needed and they find their
largest reward in the satisfaction that comes
with duty performed. ome3
There is another compensation, however in
tho attachments that develop during a political
.career. There are a multitude wlfo aree on
public questions, and fellowship of kindrS souls
is. balm f qr the wounds that one receives X t
political arena. The heart of the people in
sound land their ideals are high. Lack of in
formation delays reforms, and prejudice often
prevents an understanding of the ZiiK
needs but in the long run people learn. Untry'8
fhnfL k bfck ovlr tirenty-flve years I know
that the people can be trusted for I have seen
them weighedWnd not found wantine r if ill
years to secure an important reX bui it cotes
at last and is worth the effort, ContitutiSna?
A LIFESAVER TO AGRICUIiTUItAIi
Commenting on the decision of the United
States Supreme Court. February 28, upholding
the validity of the federal loan act, Secretary C.
M. Gruenther, for the eighth district, comprising
Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota and Wyoming,
"This favorable decision should enable the
federal land bank of Omaha to resume loaning
operations in this district, within four to six
weeks. Ordinarily tho federal land banks must
first sell bonds with which to secure funds to
make farm loans. If that method is followed, it
may take from three to four weeks before .these
bonds can be prepared and sold. There is, how
ever, a measure pending in the house of repre
sentatives at Washington which has already
passed the Senate, which measure provides that
the secretary of the treasury may purchase
$200,000,000 of farm loan bonds from the fed
eral land banks. If this measure -passes the
House, it may, be that we can resume loaning
within three to five weeks. While there is
nothing definitely decided about the new rate,
it is a pretty safe guess to state that the rate will
be 6 per cent fo the borrower.
"Recently we have gathered data from 384 of
our representatives in the district concerning the
great need of tho farm loan .system at this time.
It is shownby this data that the farmers and
stockmen everywhere have suffered serious dis
tress and irreparable losses because they were
unable to obtain funds to properly finance their
farming operations. We believe that resumption
of loaning by the federal land bank of Omaha
is a lifesaver to thousands o our farmers and
that it will have a very beneficent effect upon
The most fruitful and elevating influence I
have ever seemed to meet has been my impres
sion and obligation to God. Webster.
Death may darken a home today, but it can
not dim.the past.
BARRING HER PROGRESS.
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