Image provided by: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE
About The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923 | View Entire Issue (Nov. 1, 1921)
.tf 1 M
' " ,
www B a,, BHBMWMHMH
WILLIAM J. BRYAN, EDITOR AND PROPRIETOR
i ' ." Z.J-W"-
,. 1 CSi
VOL- ".ifoffiPCT tt&lJHj jj" !, frfrfr -j-jjitolj Number 751
1922 IsjiCmiMg: ',-
It is time to prepare for 1922. Have you
selected a good candidate for senator in your,
state and for congressman in your district? If
not, it is time to do so, -' He should spend the
winter in canvassing. Let him take the Revenue
bill and point -out its iveak points. It was so ''
bad that a Republican congress struck out the
retroactive clause. . jtf was so. bad that', the
House machine ' .wqu$-;iipt allow amendments
to be offered. ' "'! '
It was so bad that; the Progressive Republi
cans in the Senate 'Joined ;the; Democrats in
changing some of the' Vorst provisions. If the
Republican leaders had been' permitted to have .
their way the-b.ill .would have been a crime. It
is likely to be the chief issuenext year. . The
opposition of Progressive Republicans can be ""
successfully used against it in the agricultural
Boctions. Pick out the candidates and put them
to work. No district-is hopeless next year.
""."'-' W, J, BRYAN.
THE DISARl&AMKJ&TiCQNF "
Will disarmament succeed? That" depends,
First Do the. masses of the world want dis
armament? ' Yqb f-P;o the governments want
disarmament? " .We shall see. wTil the nations
deal with each other openly and frankly or will
they try to trrde;aud bargain?
Time wili tell.' .It is possible for the confer
ence to take so4' long a step in the direction , of
universal disarmament? 'that the worldcan never
turn back. .Will; it dp iyj. , . " Z.
"Our hopes are all; with thee are; all with
thee." .1 ;, .''""- W.J.BRYAN.
;as6od choice ' - '
The national 'committee has acted wisely' in
eelecting ex-CVrigressmah Hull for chairman. He
is no candidate's man-he has a record of his.
own. He stands for the progressive policies of
the Democratic party. Under his leadership the
committee wiU.;put principle first and furnish (
tbo party a. rallying point. - .. " "; .
Some of the evolutionists Iiave - rejected a
Part of Darwin's hypothesis; they think that
man did not" descend directly from the ape, but
that man and ape desponded from a common
ancestor farther backi No, thank you. COUSIN
Ape is no more i acceptable than GRANDPA Ape.
THE ROAD TO
v Raise your service to
the maximum and then;
do not collect any more
than you earn.
i - , UNWRITTEN. HISTORY mi,,,,',;.,
On another page will be found -an extract
from Mr. Tumulty's life of President Wilson,
that may interest readers, of The , Commoner.
I sha.ll refer to it more fully in my' memoirs,
- (which I hope to write, soon) buri?am jglad to
liave this ipcident giveri-.to the public 'ysqme
one else. No brie is in better position to state the
factsthan.lhe President's private secretary. I
do" not remember it all quite as he does but
the difference is not more than1 ijiight be 0x.;
pected in fact, our memories agree perfectly on
all the more important details. I do hot recall of
fering" to the leave the country during the dis
cussion, but I was willing to resign if my in
ability to support that feature' of the bill em
barrassed him, I could not endorse it but did not
intend to do more than express dissont. I was
greatly relieved when the President made the
change. It saved the bill; from information
Which I received from. .congress I felt sure it
could not pass either House as it. was drawn.
W.' J. BRYAN.
1 feng Step Towards,
The most important thing in politics is the
drawing of a definite lino. ' '"
The temptation of the politician is to indulge
in generalities; whereas, . a specific program' is,
'.'always, necessary when a stop. in advance !s to 'be'
Jtaktin. . : '". '. ' .;,
i li '
President Harding's speech laid the fpundn- -
tion for the statement ot Secretary Hughes
which followed. The President was positive
;, in committing .the United States to a policy, ..
"Less of armament and none of war." ,' -
Secretary Hughes worked up to his climax, ' ,
using words increasingly definite and emphatic
until he announced the program proposed by
the United States, namely:
The discontinuance of all battleship bulldr-,".
; Jng for ten years. ' '..'
The scrapping of more, than a million and' a'v
half tons of naval vessels, of which the rhittS ,v'
REHIRES WITH HONOR ,
Chairman W-hite retires from the; head of the
national committee, with honor. Tho' diifeat last
year was so overwhelming' that his flontinucd
leadership .. was impossible. He .as ot rQ"
sponsible forthe7 defodt--no hairruan . " could
ave won but he;, could not escape blame,
why do soma 'of the Progressive Republicans
support the Repeal of the excess ;pt'out$ ; tax?
Their natibnaiplatfomdjd jiot, cjarefbr it .
ad their constituents do not favor it "' -
THE REACTION HAS BEGUN
November 8th was an important day it dis
closed a pronounced reaction against the Re
publican party. It was tidal in the sense that it
seemed to indicate a nation-wide dissatisfaction
with the Republican party. It manifested tt?lf iiu
Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland and New York.
It probably would have been still more pro
nounced if the elections had included the states
of the middlewest. The Democrats of the Sen
ate and House have done excellently; they are
few in number but their protest- against the re
actionary leadership of the Republican party
has made itself felt. W. J.,BRYAty
The Republican leaders can not get the kind
of revenue bill they want, but- they can protect
the profiteer and prevent punishment.
Four million dollars worth of automobiles
were stolen in Philadelphia last year, and yet .
no wet proposes the repeal of the law.,
' Butchers: The wholesale price" of carcas
.beef in Chicago back to prewar priceswhat
iabout retail prices?
States would contribute 845,000 tons, th6.BritT
ish 683,000 tons aria the Japanese 289,000 .tons, , '
our nation leading in tho number of tons to bd
scrapped, although It has not the largest navy;
,. Here is a program for other nations to ac
cept or reject.
If they accept, tho conference will , mark a
tremendous step . forward toward universal
peace. r ''.,"',
If the navies are immediately reduced as
proposed and the world has ten years of rest,,
from the unbearable expenses of preparedness;
it will never turn back; at least this is the hope
ajid belief of thoqe who are responsible fpr.tho
calling of the conference.
No one.person can claim a large -.'share of. Che'
credit of the movement because the coercion Vas
found fn mingled voices of the multitudesjn,ali
lands. Governments do not speak for them-"
selves; they merely give expression totho heart
'throbs of the overburdened masses, and these
masses are not likely to tolerate any return to
conditions that have compelled the conference.
The President and Secretary Hughes have
sensed the sentiment of America, and their'
words will be applauded with a unanimity that
few, if any, previous utterances hayo- com
manded. Their words are winged with hope;
they will utir a response so loud, so long,, and
so irresistible as to fix our nation's position at
the head of the peace forces of the world.
.While no one In this country can speak so
confidently of sentiment in other lands,, it is not
improbable that surging humanity who are
alike at heart everywhere will speak words' of.
command to any government that falters, but it
is not likely thatany government will falter.
It-1 wore to vortfure a prediction, it would
be that Great Britain will accept immediately
and that J.apan will follow at once, thus making
the proposition tho minimum of -the. conference,
accomplishments. ',': .
Japan, conscious that America's offer opens
the way to the plaudits of the world, as well as
'AE a, f , v
Hm I (J V
tihm; mi r m
Powered by Open ONI