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VOL. III. NEBRASKA CITY , NEB. , THURSDAY , AUG. 2 , 1900. NO. 4.
OFFICES : OVERLAND THEATRE BLOCK.
J. STERLING MORTON , EDITOR.
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PARAMOUNT ISSUES .
in male hysterics ,
a political convention at Chicago evolved
a great many sociological and economic
vagaries out of which it formulated a
platform and upon that platform nom
inated a candidate for the presidency.
That candidate with snperb oratorical
ability delivered uncounted speeches in
favor of that platform and his own elec
tion. He spoke magnetically of the
dangers environing our beloved country
and in tearful exhortations besought all
to flee from numerous wraths to come.
He talked some about the wickedness of
the federal courts and the diabolism of
the writ of injunction. But when he
arrayed all the satanic forces , out of
his opulent verbosity ,
"In order came the grand infernal peers ,
Midst came their mighty PARAMOUNT. "
And that majestic and peerless para
mount was 16 to 1. "the free and un
limited coinage of silver at the ratio of
10 to 1 without the consent of any other
All through that phenomenal exhibi
tion of lungs and vocal athletics gener
ally Bryan never
Vigorous Sincerity. ,1 .
ceased to impress
upon the plain people the paramountoy
of the money question. Beside it all
other questions became as frog ponds
alongside the Atlantic and ant-hills
against the Rocky mountains. The gold
standard was a conspiracy. It was as
an advancing army to destroy homes
and with fire and sword devastate the
United States. The great and fervid
soul of Mr. Bryan was aflame with love
for the dear people and again and again
in every state of the Union , he raised
his voice with ardent sincerity against
the plutocracy and the wickedness of
the gold standard. At all times and in
all places he made money the paramount
Was Bryan honest and in earnest
then ? Was he in good faith then , telling
the people that the
Karncst. . .
overshadowed all other questions and
contained more of woe or weal for the
American people than all others put to
gether ? His friends boast his superior
fidelity to principles , to truths. If the
pride and eulogy of Mr. Bryan in this
respect is merited , the money question ,
ances of the Kansas City convention of
July 4,1900 , must remain paramount in
this campaign and alone determine the
In Nebraska City a few years since the
smallpox raged. More than three hun
dred cases were in
A Board of Health. , , . ,
that winter. If the Board of Health had
attempted during the prevalence of that
dreadful disease to make the people be
lieve that measles and whooping cough
were the "paramount" ailments to be
subdued and eradicated , the Board of
Health would have been kicked out of
toWn. "Paramountoy" is not deter
mined by mere proclamations , declara
tions , declamations and orations. In
physical diseases those are most danger
ous which take the strongest hold upon
the vitals and threaten with quickest
death. Doctors cannot make men fear
the measles as they fear cholera or bu
bonic plague. In the body politio those
things are most dangerous which go
most directly to the vitals of civilization
and government. Politicians , office
hunters , cannot institute paramonntoy
for anti-imperialism and relegate the
currency to the rear. If the campaign
of 1896 was a sincere and an honest one
as to the currency it will be repeated
again in 1900 by both sides. Everybody
knows and Mr. Bryan declares that if
the Kansas City ticket is elected there
will be an immediate effort to reform
the monetary system of the United
States , to abolish the gold standard and
to set up the free coinage of silver at 16
to 1. It is the paramount issue. We
can live with or without tariff , with or
without the Filipinos , with or without
McKinley or Bryan. But we cannot
live without a sound currency circula
ting through the veins and arteries of
agriculture , manufacture and commerce.
The politicians ,
who in 1896 pro
claimed the power of government to
create value by edict , or fiat , now , in
1900 , very appropriately declare the po
tency of political conventions to create ,
manufacture , decree and establish is
This telegram was sent out by the
Associated Press from Lincoln , on July
27 , and with the usual authorization.
It has not been denied or disowned :
"W. J. Bryan says that in his notifi
cation speech at Indianapolis , he will
follow the plan which he pursued at the
New York notification meeting of 1896.
'The platform of that year,1 he said ,
'declared the money question to be a
paramount issue and in my notification
speech I devoted almost all my time to
the discussion of the money question.
This year the platform declares the
question of imperialism to be the para
mount question and it will be the only
one dealt with at any length in my
notification speech. ' "
The meekness of Moses is tarnished. .
The humility of that ancient prophet is
surpassed by the
Meekness to Self.
peerless prophet of
"The platform which I drafted in
1896 made the money question para
mount then and the one which I drafted
and the convention at Kansas City
adopted this year makes imperialism
paramount" saith Bryan , "and there
fore" remarketh this sage statesman , "I
must obey myself , my interests and my
destiny as expressed by the platform
parrots whom I have inspired and edu
Personally this intellectual and moral
reincarnation of Jefferson , Jackson and
Lincoln has no views of paramountoy.
He awaits the fiat paramonntcy which
a convention may decree. Like his
coinage , his "paramount issues" are the
children of "Be it enacted , " "be it de
creed ! " And fiat issues and fiat money
are always outranked by real issues and
"This year the platform declares the
question of imperialism to be the para
, mount question
* ii i .
and it will be the
only one dealt with at any length in my
notification speech. "
How delightfully and tranquilly this
great financier , who in 1896 , said the
gold standard was a conspiracy against
the human race , permits his own con
science and judgment to yield to that of
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