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VOL. III. NEBRASKA CITY , NEB. , THURSDAY , AUG. 16 , 1900. NO. 6.
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Bryan gave to Oato
Sells for guidance of the Kansas City
convention tells of Bryan's consistency
more credibly than the World-Herald in
its labored defence of Bryan as the only
original Jacob in Imperialism. That
miraculous-money paper , in its issue of
August 8th , has a leading and labored
editorial on "Bryan and Imperialism. "
This effort to show ; how vehemently
Bryan denounced and how often he de
nounced Imperialism during a period of
two years is really a raving success.
But nowhere does the World-Herald at
tempt to show that any American has
The organ of inalcontentedness and
cheap money winds up a weak and puer
ile lot of chronolog-
Imporialism. . , , . . . ' ,
ical fustian by a
delightful allusion to "Mr. Bryan's well-
established reputation for consistency
and fearlessness. "
His consistency in making a cam
paign for low prices in 1892 and for high
prices in 1896 is "paramount. " He de
clared he could not run in 1900 on a
platform which left out the demand for
the free coinage of silver at 16 to 1 be
cause the money question is tantamount.
He coerced the convention. It was gov
erned without its consent. Sixteen to
one was put into the Kansas City plat
form because Bryan demanded and com
manded it as tantamount. After it is
in , the same statesman declares that ,
though tantamount to all other policies ,
schemes and expediencies , it finds a
paramount in anti-imperialism. Bryan
would not accept the nomination except
for the free coinage of silver at 16 to
1. And , accepting , he declares that
question which alone determined him to
run again for the presidency , a second
ary question and Imperialism a para
mount question. This is Bryan's "es
tablished reputation for consistency. "
When Col. Bryan's regiment was
ordered to Cuba he resigned his corn-
mis si on in the
I'carloH.siicss. , ,
army and became
a lobbyist for the ratification of the treaty
with Spain which gave us the Philip
pine enigma for solution. This is his
"established reputation for fearlessness. "
denounce Senator Hoar and other anti-
imperialists for not supporting the peer
less proclaimer of populism , who , very
strangely , seeks to pose as an anti-im
Anti-imperialists are those who op
posed the ratification of the treaty with
Spain whereby remote territory was
acquired and imperialism made possible.
Mr. Bryan and Mr. McKinley both
favored this treaty. Therefore , so far
as this question is concerned , there is no
choice between the two candidates.
Bryan , however , stands for an inflated
currency , McKinley represents honest
money. Anti-imperialists prefer honest
money to dishonest money and hence
oppose the matchless mouthpiece of
MY FRIKNDS. .
said the peerless
leader of the matchless tongue :
"The democratic party has begun a
war of extermination against the gold
standard. We ask no quarter , we give
no quarter. We shall prosecute our
warfare until there is not an American
citizen that dares to advocate a gold
standard policy. You ask why ? We
reply that the gold standard is a conspi
racy against the human race , and that
we should no more join it than we
would an army marching to destroy our
homes and to destroy our families.
"We believe that no language can
overstate the infinite distress that the
gold standard means to the human race.
"I believe we shall win now. But
whether we win now or not , we have
begun a warfare against the gold stand
ard , which shall continue until the gold
standard is driven from our shores back
to England. "
The foregoing was delivered with the
smooth unctuosity of an old-time ex-
horter calling sinners to repent and re
"We ask no quarter , we give no quar
ter , " was uttered with the majesty of
one willing to die a martyr in the grand
war for sixteen to one. Who can for
got those tremendous economic and
philosophical utterances made by the
deliberate and sage Bryan in 1896 ?
"We shall prosecute our warfare un
til there is not an American citizen who
dares to advocate a , gold standard
Who are now the "We ? " Where is
the American citizen who does not advo
cate a gold standard whenever ho feels
like it ?
With Ohadband simplicity the peer
less asks "why do wo prosecute this war
against the gold standard ? " And with
more than Pecksniffiau humility ho
answers his own question :
"We ( who are we ? ) reply that the
gold standard is a conspiracy against
the human race , and that we should no
more join it than we would an army
marching to destroy our homes and to
destroy our families. "
Now , after four years of gold stand-
ardism , have any homes or families been
destroyed in the state of Nebraska or
anywhere else in the republic ?
How can the bellicose Colonel Bryan
desert the sacred "tantamount issue"
of the free and unlimited coinage of
silver at 16 to 1 which in 1896 he said
"must be settled and settled right be
fore any other governmental policy , ex
pediency or principle could become an
issue ? "
In 1896 Col. Bryan could not have
spoken eight words , much less eight
thousand , without making silver "para
mount" to all other questions. But in
1900 , though he declared he could not
accept candidature except on a free
silver platform , Bryan says "imperial
ism is paramount. " The valorous colonel
decreed the paramountcy for 1900
with the same jaw that he proclaimed
the tantamouncy of 1896. And the
paramount of today knocks the tanta
mount of yesterday into the realms of
the used-to-be-and-the-has-been the
- - - - - - by
explosive force of a Fourth of July reso
lution at Kansas City.
"Ohl My friends , ballots for ino are
ballots for the war to 'continue uatil
the gold standard is driven from our
shores back to England. ' "
Give me ballots or give me death I
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