Image provided by: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE
About The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923 | View Entire Issue (July 1, 1921)
Mr. Bryan's Change
THE SOUTHS WELCOME TO MR. BRYAN
William J. Bryan has changed his residence
from Lincoln, Nebraska, to Miami, Florida. Ho
has long had a home at Miami, where he and
Mrs. Bryan have spent their winters and have
many friends in the .Land of Flowers as they
have made them wherever they go, wherever
they are known. "Mr. Bryan's home life is
ideal," say all his friends and neighbors at Lin
coln, and his private life and public life have
been Ideal. They are stainless. They are with
out a mar or blemish. No man in all this coun
try Is more widely known, more generally be
loved. Wherever he goes, in whatever cause
he is engaged) he always receives an ovation.
"He spoke to a full house," or "he spoke to an
overflowing house," are headlines in news
papers after his visit. Ho is not only eloquent,
he is virile, forceful, logical, convincing, which
combined with a pleasing personality and recog
nized honesty and sincerity, uprightness and
brilliancy, make him Irresistible upon the stump,
forum or hustings.
The south has regained its own. This de
cendant of old Virginia, the mother of southern
statesmen, who has upheld the highest stand
ard of that great commonwealth, Is returning
to the south, the land of his forefathers.
He will be welcomed to Florida as an asset
above price. He will be welcomed as a citi
zen vof the south worthy of all praise, worthy
of all honors. Gifted by tongue and pen, he
will add to the prestige "of the south in national
councils. A factor in our party -councils for the
past twenty years a factor second to no one
he will continue to be a dominant figure in the
political 'and social life of our people, north and
None doubts the people of the south will give
Mr. Bryan the right hand of good fellowship, a
hearty and cordial welcome to their midst. He
comes among old friends, true and tried. Thrice
has he been lidnGred by his party for the presi
dency and thrice has the. south given him its
solid electoral vote. And whenever he has come
to visit them, whatever hie mission, he has al
ways been given that welcome the people of the
south only give to those deemed worthy, whom
they love, honor and respect.
He is eminently an American, a patriot lov
ing and beloved, possessing splendid judgment
of men and measures, and whose fidelity to
duty, and a practical knowledge make him an
invaluable citizen, not only to tkestate in which
he resides but to all the people. Mr. Bryan is
a grateful man. He loves his friends as they
love him. He loves the kindness and courtesies
his friends so lavishly extend to him.' In his
vocabulary duty and service to his people are the
great headlights of his life. As he sees his
duty to others, to the public he performs it
boldly, fearlessly, conscientiously, and with
courtesy and. kindness, but with an ever increas
ing fervor to succeed in whatever cause. Loyalty
to friends Is a rare trait of character, and pos
sessed "by Mr. Bryan in a remarkable degree,
but with Mr. Bryan loyalty to conscience rises
about even loyalty to friends. He is a man in
whose bosom lurks no shadow of wrong doing,
even for personal gain. He knows nothing but
truth, but honesty, and squares his actions with
That he will continue to take an active part
in polities' in the future, . In his adopted state,
and section as in Nebraska, is intimated by Mr.
Bryan in his public statement regarding his
change of residence, and The Journal believes
that Florida will welcome his activities in that
state in helping them to right wrongs and secure
the best men for ofllce and an economical ad
ministration of Its affairs. In this respect he has
rendered material aid to Nebraska and which
the ,people of Nebraska duly appreciated, as
shown by their votes whenever he has appeared
before tliem for their suffrage. That this is
true Mr. Bryan sets forth briefly but apprecia
tively in his valedictory to Nebraska. "Begin
ning in 1888," says Mr. Bryan, "the Democrats
of Nebraska have expressed their confidence
in me time and time again. Twice they nominated
me or congress, once for the senate, three times
they have supported me for president, and many
times for delegate to the national conventions.
Only once have J been defeated for any posiUon
to which I aspired, and that was in 191 G, when
the prohibition question was beginning to bo
a national issue. In 1920, when prohibition
was an established policy in both Nebraska
and the nation my party not only selected mo as
a delegate to San Francisco, but elected eleven
delegates out- of sixteen in sympathy with' tho
policies which I advocated. This was tho last
expression of my party, and I shall treasure the
compliment while I live."
He assures his frionds in Nebraska who have
been so loyal to him, that he will not lose inter
est in the welfare of the state and its attitude
on political questions, but on tho contrary ex
pects to remain in touch with public sentiment
there, and expects frequently to visit the state.
"By moving my citizenship to Florida, I shall
increase my capacity for usefulness," says Mr.
Bryan, "because, living there, I can take paTt
in tho politics of the state and share also in
determining the state's position on national
questions." This, he adds, "will require no
change In my attitude on public questions, 'be
cause the south has been a loyal supporter of
every reform in which I have been interested."
But the main reason, no doubt, that lod Mr.
Bryan ' to change his citizenship from Lincoln
to Miami is because of the failing health of Mrs.
Bryan, who has been a sufferer for quite two
years, if not longer, and she has visited many
Tiealth reBorts in different parts of the country,
and received more benefits from the climate in
in Florida than any where she had visited. "Mrs,
Bryan's health is such that it is necessary for
us to live in the south," says Mr. Bryan, "and,
having tested Miami's climate for eight years,
we have chosen that city for our permanent
home. For some time I have been, politically
speaking, in a state of suspended animation,
living in Florida but voting in Nebraska. Being
as much interested as ever in the problems of
government and desiring to make my remain
ing years as valuable to my country ao possible,,
I have decided to transfer my citizenship .to
Florida and thus make my actual residence my
legal residence also."
Yes; welcome, thrice welcome, Mr. Bryan, to
our sunny southland. A brave anl chivalrlc
people, who know and appreciate a man at his
true worth, regardless of Teligious or political
differences, or ideals of government some few of
us may entertain, all join in this welcome to the
great commoner, the first citizen of the' -world.
Montgomery, Alabama, Journal.
NEBRASKA AND BRYAN
William Jennings Bryan has changed his
residence place to Miami, Florida. Considera
tions of Mrs. Bryan's health had much to do with
Florida is more genial to Mr. Bryan than
Nebraska has been generous. Tho old home
town, Lincoln, would never have been known in
the prints were it not for the popularity of
Bryan, and yet his neighbors seem to have
been singularly unappreciative.
They were probably too near the great Com
moner to see hiB glory however much they felt
the civic benefits. After all it is the old story
of the indifference to a prophet in his own coun
try. The Nebraskans strangely withheld the
common courtesy of the favorite son vote.
Those who are in the confidence of Mr.
Bryan however will know that he did not quit
his western home without some little pang.
It was there he spent in a dingy law office a
year or two when his funds scarcely amounted
to more than a meal ticket. It was from there
with very few dollars in his pocket he went as
a youth to be homaged as a candidate for the
highest office in the world. . Lincoln brings back
scenes of the greatest greetings and glorifica
tions that have ever been bestowed on any
American. It was nature's unspoiled moods
in Nebraska that inspired his first overpower
ing eloquence and In which he did not for
get to be grateful of th& gift: -"Way out yonder,
close to nature's heart; where the vojees of
the children mingles with the voices of 'the
birds." Blooniington, Illinois, Bulletin.
AS TO BRYAN
William J. Bryan has announced that owin to
fhe condition of health of Mrs.- Bryan,, making
their continued resldenceship in the south neces
sary, he will hereafter be known as a resident
Of Miami, Florida.
This announcement may be received in cer
tain quarters in Nebraska with considerable
satisfaction. In others,. there will come jgeriuine
-regrets, intermingled with sorrow.
It will not be hard -to differentiate as be-
twoen the characteristics of the two conflicting
view points. It will not be 'hard to recognize
the charactor df men holding them. Mr. Bryan
and his following in Nobraska, have been com-
posed of that body of men who rocoinfzc tho
worth of uprightness In political as well as social
life. They have belloved Jn political decency
and political Integrity. They have recognized
the moral side of political action. This is tho
history of their political doing. It is just such a
history, too, as every man who has followed this
groat leader, may well feel proud of. There has
come at no time into our hearts a single pang
of regret that wo have followed h'm. It la npw
tho proudest privilege of our life to say that wo
have bared our breast in many a conflict defend
ing him defend'ns him against tho onslaughts
of a gang of political bushwackers in his own
party unworthy to lace his shoes.
Brvan may bo removed from tho sphere of
political action in Nobraska. His followers
are still here and so long as they shall breathe
the free air of Heaven, they will carry on the
flight aealnst tho unholy gang who connived
'To th's end wo here and now rededicate our
8elvesk We shall ten.ch those of our blood to
crush beneath their heel tho head of the sor
pont the perpent that has beguiled with its
forked tongue and seductive eye, that portion
of the Democratic party who have spurned the
man who battled to make hfs party respectable
and honorable In the eyes of all men.
The general has pone. Not so tho fighting
cohorts. They are st'll here. The mark still
remains cs; certain door posts and so long aa that
mark remains, tho slaughter will go on. Blue
Hill, Neb., fceador-.
BRYAN COMES SOUTH
Nebraska yields to Florida. William Jen-
nings Bryan announces that he will make his
home hereafter in Miami. For thirty years Mr.
Bryan had been a res'dent of the western state.
He broke into fame as a young and eloquent
congressman from Nebraska, has been heralded
to tho world as "The Nobraskan" and has
emerged from the vicissitudes of politics as the
most widely known institution of that com
monwealth. In spite of anv adverse opinion of
Mr. Bryan, in and out of Nebraska, it la hard-'
ly conceivable that the state wh'ch was for &&
many years his heme cart give him up without"
some feeling of reexet and senRe of loss.
Whether Florida will herald tho acquisition
with acclaim remains to be demonstrated. Mr.
Bryan has had his crltle3. Tho Journal has
been among them at times. But when all c-lti- ,
cisms have been voiced if must be conceded
that he has remained tho most prominent
public figure out of office in ths country, and for
a period of years rreater than that of any man
of our time. Dallas, Texas, Journal.
The need of the hour Is not for factories or
materials, not more railroads or steamships,
not more armies or more navies, but rather
more education based on the plain teachings of
Jesus. Tho prosperity of our country depends
on the motives and purposes of the people.
These motives and purposes are directed in the
right direction only through religion.
We are willing to give our property and even
our lives when our country calls In time of
war. - Yet the call of Christian educat'on is to
day of even greater importance than was ever
the call of the army or the navy. 1 say this
because we shall , probably never live to see
America attacked from without, but we may at
any time see pur best institutions atacked from
THE SAFETY OF OUR NATION, INCLUD
ING ALL GROUPS, DEPENDS ON CHRISTIAN
EDUCATION. FURTHERMORE, AT NO TIME
IN OUR HISTORY HAS IT BEEN MORE
I repeat, the need of the hour is not more
factories or materials, not more railroads or
steamships, not more armies or navies but
rather more Christian education. This is not the
time to Teduce investments in schools and col
leges at home, or in the Y. M. C, A. .and simi
lar work in China, ' Japan, Russia or South
America. This is the time of all times to in
crease such subscriptions. ROGER W. BAB-SON.
The thing , that wasn't done when the time
came Is never quite compensated ' by the thing
done later to make vup for it. The Continent
. ytiL JwuL&f&tf ij&t4i&t&. ;.. --
Powered by Open ONI