Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, May 22, 1910, EDITORIAL, Page 5, Image 13
B TIIE OMAHA SUNDAY BEE: MAY 22. lOW. Bryan's Washington Hall Speech from the Stenographers Notes 4 'Not by utonoRiaphfr: Mr. nryan ar-1 nary then to meet county option m m f-e, ! 1 A 1 rN .re great on meeting down there. Some they ImtUl their homes they want to gel Yived at the hull Bt 8:1!0 p. m.. unaccom- Issue, and that T . In favor of a nltfnrm lAl -Cf' TinflP I h O m OfflCflPC fVf t" M P I 1 1 C of our people mere very anxious that the-e a ay from the saloon. Ianlcd, proceeded Immediately lo the plat-1 form, which was unoccupied, handed out ' from the footlights to the audience, about! three doxen chairs, carrying them hlmnolf as far as the footlights, retaining one -hair for his hat and coat, and another hair alongside the tablo at which he spoke. Ha began speaking Immediately, concluding about 1:30, reading a portion ot the. time from manuscript.) Mr. Bryan: Somo of yon take these chairs, please, so they can be occupied. fNote: Mr. Bryan then hands out about :hreo doien chads, carrying them to tbe footlights, where they were received from him by people In the audience, the audience cheering while this whs being done, Mr. Bryan wearing a broad smile as though he. enjoyed It. Mr. Bryan: Mr. Chairman! (Turning lo the empty chair at his sldo nnd addressing It In a deferential and courteous manner.) t (Prolonged laughter and cheering.) Ladles und gentlemen: Th's Is my meeting. (Laughter and Mpplause.) I mean 1 ur i nut i iere at anybody's Invitation. I paid for the Wnl. I Introduced myself with such Intro j iluctlon as may bo necessary to the new comers In this community. (laughter.) Note: Mr. Bryan here proceeded to rend j n editorial from The Bee and to iuslify hlmaelf for hiring a hall over a saloon und belonging to a brewer this part of his speech having already been printed in full ' in The Bee. "ih. Mr. Bryan: I have no disposition to dlc 1te nnd have no moans of enforcing a command If I desired to Issue one. But 1 am a member of the democratic party; 1 am a citizen of th6 stato of Nebraska, and besides being In duty bound to m et tho responsibilities of a democrat and tho responsibilities of a citizen. I am also bound to meet those higher responsibilities that rest upon us as moral belnRS. I think you will agree with mo that 1 have as much Interest In the dcmociatlc party as any other member of the party, and If any of you think that my course Jeopardizes democratic success, I think you will not deny that I have as much Interest In democratic success ns. any other mem ber of the party. Kven those who ate candidates for office are not personally ! Interested In Its success more than I am, for In the national work I am trying to do I would be embarrassed by the defeat Nthe party In this state, especially if the responsibility of the defeat could be fairly placed upon me. I think you will agree Avith me also that as a citizen of the state y have asdeep Interest In the welfare of the state as any other citizen. I am as , closely Identified with Its standing, Its wel fare and Its. progress as any other member of the party. I am a taxpayer In the state of Nebraska and cannot be Indifferent to : anything that affects the state. As an In- .' dividual It Is my responsibility as well as : that of others, and I have no more right I to dodge a question that Is ready for settle- ' nient than you have. When I returned to the slate after an absence of some months 1 found a condition here that I had not expected to find, and I may add' a condition which I believe the great majority of the democrats of this tale are entirely Ignorant of: L I had announced my position on the sub- Ject of county option and had said before leaving It was an Issue that could not be t avoided unless the Initiative and the refer r endum was submitted by special session, : and the submission of the Initiative and referendum only" avoids 'the issue because It presents a larger Issue and one which Includes county option together with other Issues. '' ' Under the Initiative and the referendum any question upon which the people desire to act can be submitted at , the polls. , If we have the Initiative and the referendum submitted we can work this fall for the adoption of the amendment, and when It Is adopted we can take up any question upon which the pco pie desire to act. That Is the reason I am willing to post pone, as far as I am concerned, any dis . cuaelon of the question of county option. If we can have the question of the initiative and referendum submitted I am willing, as I say, because r regard the question of the Ulatlve and the referendum as the largest pl Aiiestlon that can come hefnre this Slate, and because It Includes all other questions, I prefer to take the big question first and get the right of the people to act on these questions, and If we can do that this fall It Is accomplishment enough for one year. When I reached Nebraska I found that a special session had not been called because the canvass made did not assure the suc cess of the amendment. I found that the lhiuor Interests, which controlled enough members of the senate to prevent the submission of the Initiative and the referendum, were Insisting that the "unty option question should not be runiltt a state issue. They wanted to have the state organiza tion of both the leading parties against county option and their argument was that the matter should be left to the districts. But I found that these same! IlnJ'r Interests were at work candidates for the state senate v.ith a view to controlling that body. I found that representatives of the national liquor organisation had been In the stato and that they had tried to orranse for tho selection' of senatorial candidates. I state that generally and I have tha proof of It. I have talked with two men who were called upon by representatives of the national liquor organization, and that national liquor orgtnlzatlon was try ing to secure, and I am not sure but It has secured, a representative In this state to elect the state senators to be voted upon, i I found, also, that representatives of the Wal liquor interests were acting with the iiJtlonal organization and that the pl:in deliberately entered tipon nnd Industriously pursued was to secure enough i-tato sena tors to prevent the cnrrjin!T out of the wishes of the people. I have this also upon evidence that cannot be disputed: I assert here and I shall re peat It attain and again, that the brewers of this city have been trying to select sen ators In districts outside of Omaha, and If the brewers will untie in a statement deny ing It, I will name the name of tho brewer Jho called a man up a short time ago I In a district outslda of the city. (Ap plause.) I (ound that certain sp.cial Interest were combined with the brewers and that an oronslvet and defensive alliance had , been formed, under the terms of which the special Interests would act together to blockyiy legislation to which they ob JecteflVI Caving fully Informed mytelf and having secured evidence that Is to my mind conclusive, t had to decide my duty as a democrat, as a citizen and as a man, and I announced that I would attempt to as certain the sentiment or the democratic members of the legislature on tho Initiative and tho referendum, and would ask the hect Legislation league to ascertain the flH.Mtlon ot the republicans on this proposi tion. I said that I had no doubt that the gov em ir would call a p.clal session if as sisted t enough votes lo pass the resolution for t resubmission of the Initiative and the referent. ainjswtlso announced at that time that casa (he Initiative and the referen dum was not submitted U would be neces- Issue, and that I was In favor of a platform declaring In favor of It. I at once ad- dressed letters to the democratic senators wnd members, and the tiroet legislation league hn made Inquiry of the republican, members. While the poll Is not yet com plete, It la certain that the re solution would have no difficulty In passing the house. We have now more than the necessary three-fifths of the members of the house who have promised to vole for that. (Ap plaue.) We have fifty-six democrats, out of the entire i membership of the house, fifty-six democrats who say that if the special session Is to be called they will vote for the initiative and the referendum, and v. e have enough republican members to aid to this to give us six more than the neces sary constitutional three-fifths of the house. Hut It Is still doubtful whether It would pass the senate. Koine of the senators who voted no aio willing to vote yes In case they are usked to do so by a majority of their constituents, while other senators have declined to promise to vote for It even if petitioned to do so by a majority of the voters of their district. Tho governor has said that he would call this special session 'If he has written as ruiancp of sufficient votes to pass the Initiative and referendum resolution. 1 cannot say yet whither the written assur- isnce can be given, nor can I say whether the governor would feel Justified In calling a special session upon Hsj assuruuee that has been given. We have reached this far, however, that we know thl.-. that wo will be near enough to the nutnbi r. we will have pledges enough from senators who promise that they will vote yes on that proposition if It is submitted at a special session, wo have enough who promise, to vole yes. added to those who ar;rco to vote yes If their constituents asu them, to make the necessary number, so that It will only be nicctsary to secure the petitions l:i n few districts. I think I can say this much, although the poll Is not yet complete nd there may be a difference of one or two votes from that which we now estimate. But whether the special session is called or not, I be lieve that the democrats of tho staU should know the political situation and un derstand the sordid Influences which are attempting to contaminate the politics of both parties. If the special session is not vailed, there Is but one reason for it, and that Is .that the opposition to the Initiative and refei- dum, not in the house of representative.'). for we now have a clear three-fifths and more already pledged, not among the poo- pie, for the sentiment Is overwhelming, but solely In the state senate Is sufficient to prevent the submission of this amend ment. Whether the senators who oppose the initiative and referendum represent the wishes of their constituents or not. Is really Immaterial, so far as the public Is con cerned. If those senators do not represent their constituents, then the liquor Interests are responsible for compelling the misrepre sentation of these senatorial districts. If, however, the senators represent their con stituents, then we must face a more se rious proposition. The reason given by most of the senators who opposed the Initiative and referendum was that their people are opposed to county option and opposed to the .Initiative and. referendum because It could be' used for the submission of the question of county option, In other words, if those senators represent their constituents, the men op posed to county option Insist upon making it a paramount issue. As the Initiative and referendum are Intended to' give, 0e people a chance to vote on public questions, the defeat of this proposition by those who are opposed to county option means that rather than have county option submitted they will prevent the submission of any question. If the liquor question must be disposed of before we. can secure the Initiative and referendum, then the sooner we dispose of It the better, for we have no assurance that the liquor Interests will bo any more will ing to have the initiative and referendum submitted by the next legislature than they are to have it submitted by the present legislature. We might as well prepare for the conflict and settle now the fjuestlnn whether a special pecuniary Interest can oontrol the policies of the parties of the state, silence ' conventions on Important issues, and then set up legislatures by secret manipulation. I for one am . not willing that the democratic party shall go Into the present campaign as the open and avowed representative of the liquor Inter ests. (Applause. A voice: Amen.) I do not know how many of the demo crats may agree with me. There Is no way of finding out where our party stands un ' less a fight Is made, and I am willing to be counted as one who protests whether those who agree with me arj few or many. I believe they are many; In fact, I believe that If the matter can be fairly presented to the democratic voters a large majority will record themselves as unalterably op. i posed to the, domination of our party by the j liquor Interests. At least I will not admit until wo urc voted down In the convcntl m or at a primary, that a majority of tho democrats) are willing to tako orders from the liquor dealers who have a pecuniary In terest in opposing all restrictions and who have in the past opposed every Important effort to limit the evIN of the saloon. The liquor Interests have no politics. They are willing to act wath any party they can control and against uny party they can not control. A situation r.omcthlng like the pies-tit presented it3elf onco to Andrew Jackson. When he was president hi had a fight with the national bank of that day, nnd you will remember that Nick Btddlc, the presi dent of the bunk, called upon him and told him that the bank had the power to elect rim to the presidency or detent him, and what was Jackson's answer? Was It that he would sec that It was not put In the platform? Was It that he would dice Ui question? No. Jackson said to Mr. likldl.. "It your bank has that power It has a blank Mi;ht more power than It outlet to have and more loan It will have lr I can take it away from you." (Applau ci That is what he said then and every Jucksonian democrat- ought to be willing to ray the saniti now. If tlu liquor Interests of this stale claim that they have the power to elect governors or to defeat them, to elect senators er to del', at them, to elect legis lators or to defeat them, then those liqur Interests have more power than they oulit to have, and 1, for one, will bo like Ar.dteiv Jackson and lake li away from them (Prolonged applause.) And, my friends, 1 have too much faith In the honor, in the Integrity, In the high purpose', and In the democracy of these m-n with whom 1 have been working for now more than twenty years to doubt that when this Isau? is made they will stand loyally for the right of the democratic patiy to sp-ak for the people of this state and not be spoken for by those selfish Interests. I care not what a democrat may think on 'the ques tion ot sumptuary legislation. I care not what ho may think about the advisability of a particular law upon this subject : When you bring before a democrat who deserves the name the question whether the law shall be mad.- by the people, whether the representatives shall be elected by the people, or whether the political methods In this stats shall be open and honest and Most Striking tinctly Anti-Omaha Tone and the Note of Disappointment That Pervade It Almost Throughout Verbatim Report of Principal Passages of the Peerless Leader's Address fair, I have no doubt as to what that democrat will reply! I do not believe that these lievuor In terests can terroi Ize the state of Nebraska as they terrorize the people of Omaha and the county of Douglas. (Applause.) You are but a part of this state; you are lets than one congressional disirict; you have to Join with farpy and Washington to niako a congressional district, and thit Is only one-sixth of this state when you have a congressional district. I know that these liquor Interests have terrorized this community. I know that tliesu men have Issued their orders. I know thnt they have threatened any man who would speak out against them or act without consulting them. They have in sulted tho democracy of this state and our legislature. They have sent down to tho city of Lincoln a representative who stood there to tell people how to vote In the sei ate and In tho house. If the democracy of this state has not the manhood to rise up and spew theso people out of its mouth it does not deserve to be called a demo cratic party. (Applause.) It Is hardly net:essary at this time to submit an argument In favor of the Initia tive and referendum. Note: Here Mr. Bryan went Into an ex tended argument for tha Initiative and referendum. Mr. Bryan: Is It not strange that I. a member of this party, should come down lo the city of Omaha to make a speech on the initiative and the referendum that wan endorsed in the last state platform without a dlssenting.vote? Is It not strange that 1 can come Mere to speak for what my party btands tot and not a member of your democratic organization ask If he can do anything to help arrange this meet ing for me? Do I need any other evidence to prove to you that theso great liquor Interests have descended upon this town und terrorized ir,to silence democrats, who under other circumstances will be quick to speak out on this subject? That Is the situation, my friends. When 1 come here to speak for the Initiative and referendum I come to speak for the doc trine that was endorsed less than a year ago by the democratic convention of this state. They call me a disturber of harmony. Who is the disturber of harmony? The man who raises himself against his party or the man who pleads that the will of his party shall be binding upon the members of the party. I say It is hardly necessary that a man shall make an argument in favor of the Initiative and the referendum, for when you find a man who Is opposed to It you will find a man that either has no reason or is ashamed to give the reason that he has. (Applause.) There Is no i opposition that can be sug gested that Is -not autocratic, aristocratic or plutocratic In Its origin. Why, this Is the most popular proposition that there is. When I am asking that this bo submitted and that our people be per mitted to make a record on It and take a vote on It I am not Injuring the demo cratic party, my friend; I am not jeopardiz ing its success. Why, this proposition is so popular that when it was submitted In Missouri last year and Missouri has two cities bigger than Omaha (laughter), I find they are not afraid to speak on this sub ject. In the state of Missouri that prop osition carried by 40,000 majority, submit ted by a democratic legislature, although 1, as a presidential candidate, was defeated by some 600 in that state; that proposition, submitted by a democratic legislature, was 40,000 votes stronger In the state of Mis souri than I was as a democratic presi dential candidate. Is this an unpopular tiling that I anv urging that 1 am asking my party to stand for? 1 Is so popular that even In republican suites they have adopted It. It has no latitude; It has no longitude; it is popular everywhere. They adopted it In Oregon, away out west, and they adopted it In Maine; away down east; they have adopted It In South Dakota, away up north, and they have adopted it In Oklahoma? away eown south. (Laughter and applause.) You gee it Is not an un popular thing, my friends. Mr. Bryan: I want to remind you that fourteen years ago, before anybody talked about county option, that initiative and ref erendum was put Into the democratic plat form, and 1 was chuu man of the commiucc that ycur, and it' you will get the rcpub llcan State Journal of the next day after lournal of the next day after 3u you JT find something interesting. The Journal said the convcntlo which is very that when iir. Bryan lead Una p ami of the initiative and Uiu rclc-rcnJuin that ttic uclcjjalcs looked at eaUi other in surprise und that ono eicicsate said to another, What is thai? (Laughter.) Now, that ' is wl.al the papier t,a.d. And the paper said tlita democrat answered, It is a. new kind of funey di.nk, and the paper uaid it went through unanimously then. (Laughter.) And then think ot 1U be.ug unpopular in Omaha! (Laughter ) But in tho iust fourteen ycani the people, huvc had a chance) to study tliia question, and I think more of thes.u understand it, but for (ear some ot you, may not have: ueen studying it, although you ought to l. live mote: time to study il lioev; since tile; S o'clock closing hour Uauter I have iuuuiu iwr qunu an increase in political in- formation aiut study of these public qucv t.oiis in Omaha during Uie last two years. 1 hope l will not be disappointed in my expectation. 'the initiative is merely a process by which li. o people can compel toe submis sion of a question. At present if we want a question sub ill. He'd lo tile people) 01 tills statu it must be submitted by a majority of the legisla ture; nut only a majority, but il must b submitted by ihree-fitlhs ot the legislature. We will have to have not only a majority of the senate in favor ot the initiative and referendum, but we have to have three fifths of both brandies. Under tiia initiative and the referendum a certain number of people can petition tor the submission of a question, and when tiie requisite number petition, then the question must be submitted, but it cannot be adopted unless a majority of the people want to adopt it. but when it is submitted and a majority of the people vote for it. then II becomes a law. And why ought it not to beevine a law? Is there anybody who says that he would rather trust a man elected, as soma of them are, by secret manipulation to tha legislature than trust tha ittopl sillinK la Judgment uyoa uu- Characteristics Hons that Interest them, and eaeh one In terested, not In a private or pecuniary way, but Interested In the public welfare? Are you afraid to trust the Initiative and the referendum? Why, my friends, this is not a new doc trine. We have It now. If you want to change the county site, how do you do 11? A petition Is circulated, and when It is signed by a e'ertaln number of people, voters In tho county, the question must be submitted, and then tho people, at a refer endum vote, act upon the question. Tiiat Is the law in this stato today orv such an important question as the, changing of a county site. It is not trusted to tha rep resentatives, but It must be voted upon by the people themselves. Isn't that good doc trine? Isn't that democratic doctrine? Isn't It In harmony with our Ideas of govern ment? And what 'is the referendum? Well, if the legislature passes a law and any con siderable number of the people think that that law ought not to have been passed, a referendum can be asked and then thai question is submitted to a vole, and the voters have Uie right to say whether the measure sh&fl become a law or not. Is that not fair? Why, the law gives the governor a chance to veto, and If the gov ernor has the right to veto a law that has been declared for by a majority of botli branches of the legislature, shall we say that the people themselves, who elect gov ernors and elect legislatures, shall not have the veto power and be able to sit in Judg ment upon a bill that had to be signed by the governor as well as passed by the legislature? Now, that Is easily understood, and that Is the thing that your senators are not willing that the people shall vote upon. No matter if they themselves believe that the Initiative is wrong and the referendum Is wrong, no matter If In their hearts they have a contempt for popular government; no matter If they despise the Intelligence of the people who elected them, what right hav they to say that the people themselves shall not fcay whether they shall have di rect legislation through the initiative and the referendum? (Applause.) Am I a disturber of party harmony when I ask that the legislature be reconvened and that that matter be submitted to the people? I repeat ' that in asking It I speak In harmony with the platform of my party, f Bay that when I ask for It I am asking for what the governor desired a demo cratic governor. I am asking for what a dempcratlo legislature desired If we have a majority of the democrats In favor of this proposition. Now, this Is the Initiative and the ref erendum. Are you surprised that . It is popular? Let me ask let me see If It Is popular here. You probably understood It before I said anything about it. I have tried to make It clear. 5 am going to put It to a vote. I am going to ask how many in this audience are In favor of the Initiative and referendum and are willing that the people of this state shall have laws that suit them and reject laws that they do not like? And after those in favor of the initiative and referendum have risen on this vote I will ask them to sit down and I will ask those to rise who are willing to an nounce before their fellow men that they are not wtllrsg that the people of this state shall decide questions that come be fore the people of this state, How many of you will by rising indicate that you be lleve In the Initiative and referendum? Let's see you rise. Now, you may be seated again. How many? I will not count those against the wall unless they step out, although there are some sitting down for fear they might be counted that way How many of you will, by rising, indicate that you are opposed to the Initiative and referendum? Evidently the brewers dhi not come tonight. (Laughter.) One man! One man in this audience is opposed to the initiative and referendum. A Voice: And he don't know anything. Mr. Bryan: No, I don't say that. I wish we could excuse all on the ground that they don't know better. (Laughter.) This is Omaha. This Is the largest city in tho state, and here tho five brewers livo, who sit upon their seven hlliu here and from their throuo of beauty rule the state. (Laughter.) And yet in Omaha, in the very presence of thcuo brewers, there is only ono muti in this audience that rises to say that ho is oppose.! to the initiative and the referendum. (Avtdausc and laugh ter.) It is Just as I thought! It is just as 1 thought! Mr. Bryan: It is hardly necessary to sub mit any arguments In favor of county op tion, for it stands upon Its own merit:), and those who oppose It cannot successfully combat tho arguments presented in ita fa vor. The presumption la on the side ot those who favor county option. Tho pro sumption Is always upon the side of thoou who assert the right ot the people to have what they want. In order to overthrow that presumption there must be sound ar gument. Note Here Mr. Bryan launched into an pv tetlilpfl ftrsimi'tlt fop eonntv nmfitn anil j asalngt baloon Mr. Bryan: Now, that is tho argument, that county option Is one-sided, you hear most. An absurd argument! And why ab surd? Because they talk about fairness with a saloon. It is not fair to the saloon. Why, my friends, you never u:e tho word fair when you are talking about a saloon. You never say it is not Just to tiie saloon. It Is one-sided. You don t talk about Jus tice when you are talking about saluons. Head the lexicon of the liquor dealer and there are two words that do not appear In it. One is fairness and the other is Justice. The saloon is a nuisance everywhere, and never tolerated except as a necessary evil. (Applause.) The saloon is on the defen sive everywhere, and talk about the saloon Insisting that as a matter of justice and fairness It must be allowed to inflict its noisome presence in a community where it is not wanted! (Applause.) In this city, only a few years ago, more than half of your saloons had houses of 111 fame connected wllli them, and it required a crusade of the executive officers to cleanse these saloons of these attachments. Yes, In the city of Omaha. And It Is only a few weeks ago that the mayor of the city of Milwaukee, the socialist mayor, in his Inaugura address, in which he spent several sentences Ueloudlug. Ui saloon- Are the Dis keeper, added, however, that a license to sell liquor does not Include the right to keep a house of 111 fame. Why would he say It If the saloons of Milwaukee had not been in the habit of exercising a right that was not Included under their license to sell liquor? In the city of Chicago, within two weeks, a crusade has been started against these establishments and thirty brewers have signed an agreement to help the city enforce the law, and It Is so Important an item of news that it Is telegraphed all over the country. Why, most people help the city enforce the law without coming together and agreeing to do It and signing an agreement to that effect. And one of the brewers said we have now demon strated that this can be done. Why didn't they demonstrate it a good while ago when they were not signing agreements and were not helping to do It? They agreed not to deliver to those places run In viola tion of law. What does that mean? It means they have In the past been deliver ing to them. Now, that is tho situation, my friends. I say to you that the saloon Is on the defensive and it ought to be glad to exist anywhere without Insisting upon thrusting Itself where it Is not wanted. (Applause.) You people up here In Omaha have said some unkind tilings about Lincoln (laugh ter) because Lincoln has no saloons. Well, it, you will try and bear with it, my friends, we will get along. (laughter.) In fact, 'our people seem to get along very well down there. They tried this policy and before they tried It they had limited the evilaof the saloon much beyond what you have done In Omaha. They had. fixed o'clock as the closing hour even before the saloons were closed entirely. By vote of a little more than 200 a majority of a little more than 200 the saloons were shut out and we went a year that way Some of our citizens, of course, had to leave business frequently to go to Have- lock, but they came back and In time got over it. (laughter.) We got along. Of course we had to pay ftiO.OOO a year extra taxes because of the license fee being lost. but our people paid It and at the end of a year the liquor Interests desired to have another chance to vote. They had ob Jected to the Initiative and referendum when It was adopted In Lincoln, but they were the first ones to UBe it after It was adopted. (Laughter.) They used the ini tiatlve and referendum, too. (Laughter.) We hodi quite a fight there. The natlona organization took a hand and sent in three prominent men one from New York, one from Chicago, and then to be sure that wo would have the Simon-pure article, one came from Milwaukee. (Laughter.) And they had a meeting. They had a very good-sized meeting. In fact, our people Drink Ha "The Neal Cured Me" A Purely Vegetable and Perfectly Harmless Medicine, Originated, Compounded and Administered by a Thoroughly Competent Physician, Taken Internally During the Daytime Only, and Twenty-Five Doses Completes the Simple Treatment, I at Our Institute or in your Home No Hypodermic Injections and a Guar antee Bond and Contract is Given Each Patient, Agreeing That if a Per fect Cure is Not Effected in Three Days the Treatment Will be Tree. Strong Endorsement Of The Neal Cure Rev. Father MuJvihill In a private letter to Stato Senator James E. Bruce, Atlantic, Iowa, he says: ".Through the recommendation of Father Mulrbill, I took tho Neal Three Call or write today for free copy of book and contract. All correspon dence strictly confidential. Address, THE NEA- CURE, Omaha Institute 1502 10th Street South, Omaha, Nebraska. Edison Forecasts the Future The world has long waited for a direct'message from Thomas A. Edison. It ia his rule not to write for publication. He has broken it this once and the lueky medium to receive hi3 priceless communication is Popular Electricity, in the June is3ue of which will appear the great inventor's thrillingly interesting forecast of the future "The To-Morrows of Electricity and Invention" It i3 the topic nearest to his own heart and the very one which every reader would choose to have Edison discourse on. With characteristic modesty he expresses in this article his belief that his work and that of other pioneers of the "Electric Age" are but "grop ings' in the realm of scientific discovery. Every thinking person will read with keen delight Edison's visions of the scientific triumphs of the next 50 years as he describes them in P0PJJOT 1 1 1 .ire 11 1 f I yF..iri'ief 1 1 t j r n r.TTi' f of our people were very anxious that these men should not feel that they had not been well reeelveel. It was a sort of matter of lex-al pride with them. They wanted to show the hospitality of the city. And so women, dressed in white and wearing badges with the legend, "No Saloons," oc cupied the front rows ef seats In order that the house might have an Inviting ap pearance, and when one of the speakers said that ho would start with the proiHisl- tlon that whisky tasted good as It went down, a lady rose and askeel him how it tasteel when !t came up. (laughter.) And then when he got along a little further he said that It you would ask any criminal lawyer he would toll you that liquor was not the cause of murder. A man rose In the audience and said It was the cause of the last murder committed in this county. And he says, well, that is an exception. (laughter.) And another man says I know that is so because it was my cousin. And then another man says the one before that was also due to drunkenness. Another man said, on of our criminal lawyers said he bad eighteen criminal murder cases and everyone of them was due to liquor. And then the speaker passed to another phase of the subject. (Laughter.) And they didn't have anybody to sit on the platform. They ere almost as bud there as I am here. (Laughter.) It Is a fact, my frienus, that there was not a man ot prominence in the city of Lincoln who would sit on tha platform nd by his presence give his support to what these men were to say. And when the three from the outside had spoken the people voted and the majority was some thing over buu against saloons. After a year's experience our people said the would rather tax themselves fW.Ooj a year than have tho saloons come back, even If It would release them from the payment of that $(i0,000. (A Voice: Good.) Nol only that, but Haveluck went dry. (Laughter.) Oh, no. my friends, 1 do not want you to misunderstand me the temperance peo ple of Lincoln claim no credit for Have lock's going dry. It was not their fault. It was the fault of the other fellows. After HaveliK'k had one year's experience with the people that went down there It said for heaven's sake driver us! (Applause and laughter.) Their saloons were said to have ; made 1150,000 during the year, but as soon as Havelock had a chance to vota they went out and Havelock is now dry also. The saloon is not really a eleslrable thing. Do you know how bad the saloon is? Lei me tell you. I saw a clipping the other day about some man who had kept a saloon In Lincoln and had lost his privilege; said that ha was going to get even with' Bryan. How was he going to do it? He said that he had bought an option on some laud next to my home and if Lincoln went wet he was going to establish a BalOon there. (Laughter.) Do you know of anything worse, against a saloon, than that? When a man wants to get even with another man the worst thing he can think of it to put a saloon near him. (Laughter.) t If any of you had lime 1 wish you would go out and see how nuar your brewers live to their saloons. Do they live right near them? They aro willing to put them near poor people's homes. They are willing to stick them under the noses of poor peo ple's children. They are willing to open these man traps in the presence of the people whom they would debauch, but when 'bit Cured. En Heree Des Moines, Iowa Day Drink Habit Cure, and I can't recommend the cure high enough. It will cure any case of drink habit and cure It right." 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CKICAOO. they build their homes they want to gel Take your petitions around and ask them to sign a petition to put a saloon in their block and they would be the last ones te want a saloon near them, but they will pup a saloon In your bleu k and ruin tha value of your property, and more-they will Jeopardize your children ami your as sociates and the associates of our chll dren. iHm't think the saloon Is a popular thing. It Is not popular. Mr. Bryan: 1 have heard people say they were opposed to sumptaary leslslatlon. Have you ever heard that suggested? A man came to our committee about two years ago In this city. We were preparing our platform for our state convention, prior to the national convention, and he wanted to put a plank In on sumptuary legisla tion. 1 said no, not In this platform. Well row, he says, these liquor folks have raised enormous sums I think he said S.000.0iH and they are going to put It Into this fight. Well, I said, let them do It, but they will not have that plank In thls platform, and It was not in our platform. When a man talks to me about sump tuary legislation now. 1 want to define what he means by It. They have been using these general terms long enough. Mr. Bran: Bui I warn the people of Douglas county that if they go before this state on the theory or the argument that the liquor interests have the right to force liquor Into a county against the wishes ot the people of the county they must not a surprised If their logic Is adopted by those who oppose the saloon and who on thai very argument will say that if you can force liquor into a county against the will fit the people you can take It out ot a county even when the people want to keep the liquor. (A Vole'e: Good.) Now. this will work both ways. (A Voice: Bet your life.) And you cannot afford to build up your argument upon that foundation. And 1 want lo remind tho people of this county that they should distinguish between the Interest of the brewers and the Interests of those who are merely desirous that tiiu suluon shall remain that they and- their friends may use it. The brewers are inter ested in defeating county option. Why'.' Because they want to sell In counties vvlrether the peop e want them to sell or not.' But that is not true of the other peo ple of Douglas county. You are not Inter ested In forcing liquor upon Lancaster or upon Pawnee or upon any of tha other counties in tills state. All you ask is that you shall have the right to control your own affairs and decide that question for yourselves. County option gives it to you. But when you array yourselves against county option, what ground can you stand upon when you are opposed to state pro hibition? ; fl If the liquor Interests Insist that thts whole state shall be a pasture for their business, then they must not complain if the people who are opposed to the saloon become convinced that they are violating no rights when they attempt to take liquor away even from Douglas county. I am not here to warn you. You did not Invite me here, I came on my own Invita tion. But I feel Interest enough In you to tell you that you are going to have enough, .to do to keep your own saloons, and you (Conltnued on Page Six.) At Our Institute. In Your Home. Electrlo rocket Tlasb Light Klvii times size of cut. Charged with l.DOit flsshes. Handiest lltcht ever de;vlHeil. No flannel' of fire. Kree with one year's subscription. I IT . I.'d" . ,: i h i n i . f' .' ti 1 "Vl h r J.lilf vd"i y a.