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VOL. III. NEBRASKA CITY , NEB. , THURSDAY , NOV. 15 , 1900. NO. 19
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ance of Mr. Bryan
blinds him as to the real and immediate
cause of the disastrous outcome of the
"second battle. " That lie wholly and
completely fails to comprehend the
temper of the American people and the
reasons prompting their political action ,
is evident from the statement he gave to
the press a few days after his defeat was
known , in which he said :
"The republicans were able to secure
tickets or passes for all their voters who
were away from home , and this gave
them a considerable advantage. We
have no way of knowing at this time
how much money was spent in the pur
chase of votes and in colonization. "
Mr. Bryan here intimates that the
main factor contributing to his defeat
was corruption and bribery. No think
ing man will for an instant believe that
so great a number of the Ameri
can people , as repudiated Mr. Bryan
and the policies he advocates , are as
viciously dishonest as Mr. Bryan's
charge would imply. Mr. Bryan him
self , in the same letter , makes an
admission which destroys his theory ,
when he says :
"We seemed to have gained in the
large cities and to have lost in the
smaller cities and in the country. "
It is impossible to bribe , colonize or
intimidate an isolated people like those
who live in the
Slanders the Farmer.
country or in the
smaller towns. It is a fact , acknowledged
by all students of civics , that the most
capable , independent and conscientious
class of voters are the farmers and the
voting population of our villages , the
very people among whom Mr. Bryan
says he sustained the most severe losses.
The implication from Mr. Bryan's inter
view is that these , instead of being the
most conscientious , are the most dis
honest of our people. It is only in the
large cities , the great centres of popu
lation , the places where Mr. Bryan says
he made his gains , that corruption is
possible and "bossism , " the source of it ,
flourishes. Are we to conclude that Mr.
Bryan reasons from introspection ? Can
it be that he assigns to a large majority
of his fellow citizens base and unworthy
motives upon the theory that such
motives prompt his own political action ?
Does he allege that the gains made
among the farmers , by the republicans ,
were due to a corrupt use of money
because of a conviction that his gains in
the city of New York were brought
about by liberal expenditures , on the
part of his friend and financial agent ,
Mr. Oroker , of the blood money raised
for his campaign from the dives and
brothels or other forms of criminal
PROPHECY. card appeared in
the Chicago Rec
ord Tuesday :
"LINCOLN , NEB. , Nov. 4th. To the
Editor of The Record : The fight has
been made and won. Money and coer
cion robbed us of a victory in 1896 , but I
believe they will be powerless to change
the result this time. The people are in
earnest , and very few can be bought.
Our organization is much better than it
was in 1896 , and therefore there is less
danger of frauds. So far attempts at
intimidation have been rare this year ,
where they were very common in 1896 ;
and even where intimidation has been
attempted it has angered the employees
rather than coerced them.
"W. J. BUYAN. "
The fight has been made and one
more forecast de-verified.
"Very few can be bought , " therefore
Bryan and Croker , J. K. Jones , Till-
man , Ooin Harvey and Old Tombstone
of Missouri , with the long moss looks ,
shall enter upon the administration of
the government. Keep this specimen
of canned forecast for use again when
the "peerless prophet" begins to lay
wires for the next upheaval of spontan
eous adulation by those who seek promi
nence and office not for honor but for
NO FOURTH OF TlUB. ° TT" ?
JULY IN 1001.TIVK 1S Slad
the Chinese fire
cracker and the Roman caudle is no
longer to emphasize American parox
ysms of patriotism.
And there will be no more discordant
vocal music during the sweltering and
sweating of citizens on the anniversary
of the independence of the United
States. Because a prophet , even the
peerless W. J. Bryan , in welcoming the
Bryan Home Guards and Traveling
Men's Olnb on their return from the
national convention , July 7 , 1000 , said :
"The fight this year will be to carry
out the sentiment of that song we have
so often repeated , 'My Country , 'Tis of
Thee ; ' if we lose , our children and our
children's children will not succeed to
the spirit of that song , and celebrations
of the Fourth of July will pass away ,
for the spirit of empire will be upon
The spirit of empire has arrived. The
Fourth of July is dead , and yet not
deader than Moses and the prophets.
"The kind of
ganization that J. Sterling Morton
would accomplish would receive the un
qualified indorsement of M. A. Hanna
and J. Pierpont Morgan. " World-
That endorsement among the business
men , the merchants , manufacturers ,
mechanics , farmers and bankers of the
United States would be quite as accept
able and creditable as the endorsement
of Coin Harvey , Bert Hitchcock , Dick
Oroker , Billy Bryan and Senator Till-
man of South Carolina.
has sailed for
England , leaving
his sons and bull dogs and Billy Bryan
alone and entirely bereft of hid affec
tionate care and protection. An enter
prising publisher will soon issue a
volume entitled "The Twin Prophets , "
or "How to Make a Forecast Without a
Fault. " The prefatory line on page one
will read : "Great is Tammany and
Oroker is its prophet. "
Since the remark of Rev. Burohard in
the Elaine-Cleveland campaign of 1884
relative to "mm , Romanism and rebel
lion , " no orator except "the peerless
one" has turned so many votes with so
short a speech. It was a hummer. But
what profiteth it a prophet if he fool the
whole world and lose his own election ,
together with the respect of decent people
ple by hob-nobbing with the prophet of
Tammany the murderer Oroker ?
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