The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, August 29, 1896, Image 2

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Hifbett of all in Leavening Power Latest tf. S. Gov't Repott
Weaver has in succeeding Reasons
preached succeeding doctrines, he still
has a considerable following. He has
jumped from party to party, flitted fron
idea to idea, with surprising agility; but
through all the years and in all bis wan
derings he has never wanted a follow
ing. Today, while the majority of the
people of Iowa ridicule the versatile
politician and condemn his views, he is
generally given credit for sincerity and
personal integrity. It was natural that
Mr. Bryan, as he crossed the western
border of Iowa, on his way from Lincoln
to New York, should early find himself
in the receptive arms of General Weaver,
whose advocacy of fiatism was in the
full vigor and swing of maturity when
Mr. Bryan was yet encompassed in the
swaddling clothes of infancy. Iowans
who sought to pay tribute to Mr. Bryan
fell, easily and naturally, behind the
When one considers certuin aspects of
Iowa's history one is prepared to believe
that the people of that state are partic
ularly susceptible to the doctrines
taught by Mr. Bryan. Mr. Bryan him
self has long since dismissed Iowa from
all consideration as a sure silver state,
and public opinion in many sections
of the country is ready to endorse his
confidence. But a little investigation
will show that Mr. Bryau and his
friends, who have so glibly settled the
matter of Iowa's political adherence in
this campaign, have drawn largely upon
their imagination and desire. No intel
ligent person can ride across the state,
talk to the paople, and look into local
conditions, without coming to the con
clusion that Iowa is securely fixed in
the republican column. The facts and
figures are all against the claim set up
by Bryan and his managers. The
Weaver idea still exists, but it is making
no headway. There has been no great
change in public sentiment in Iowa.
The conditions this jear are, practically,
the same as obtained two years ago or
four years ago.
In 1893 F. M. Drake, the republican
candidate for governor, received 208,711
votes. W. I. Babb, the democratic can
didate, received 149,428 votes. The peo
ple's party candidate received 32,189
votes, and Bacon, the prohibition can
didate, 11,014 votes. Drake was elected
governor by a plurality of 59,286. His
majority over all contesting candidates
wm 1G.033 votes. Mr. Bryan or any
one else who conteuds that Iowa will
give a plurality for free stiver this year
must account for a tremendous change
sentiment. A republican plurality
of nearly 60,000 votes cannot be wiped
out by glib gabble. The more one
talks with the people the more one is
convinced that this plurality will be in
creased rather than diminished.
Judge Babb, the democratic candi
date for governor last year, is a conserv
ative man. At his home, in Mt. Pleas
ant, he is regarded as much more that
ordinarily cautious and discreet. He
has something of a local reputation as a
political prophet "McKinley will carry
Iowa by not less than 40.000," he said.
"There will be a considerable demo
cratic disaffection. I would say that
publicans who will vote for free silver,
but at the outside there will not be a
republican loss of more than 25.000. It
may be considerably less. But suppoa
isg 25,000 people who voted for the re
publican candidate for governor last
year should vote for Bryan this year,
there would still be a republican. plur-"rand through car windows
ine the verdict of the people. We go to
Mr. Bryan's home in this city, and we
find that the candidate is not there.
"He is down east," they tell us. We
turn our eyes to the east and what do
we 6ee? Mr. and Mrs. Bryan, like some
rural Mary and John, taking tneir first
ride on the cars. There they go, study
ing their time tables, rushing aim
lersly hither and thither, accepting in
vitations from people they never saw,
riding through great men's grounds
when the great men are absent. Mr.
Bryan is talking all the time. "When
ever I see a crowd. I want to talk," be
said Monday. And be told the truth.
He talks from the rear platform of rail
way cars, and be talks from the front
platform. He talks from the sidewalks
and through
ality, supposing my other estimates are
correct, of about 44,000.'
These figures were nubm itted to peo
ple of all shades of political I elief,and they
were generally accepted as an intelligent,
conservative estimate. One or two pop
ulists were found who laughed them to
scorn. It is the opinion of most of the
prominent republicans who are given to
figuring that McKinley will carry Iowa
over 60,000 to 100,000. The venerable ex -United
States Senator, James Harl in,
whose political judgment passes current
in all parts of Iowa, says there wil 1 be
some shifting in political parties thiB
year, but he expects any republican
Ioeses to be more than offset by acces
sions from the democratic party. He
says Iowa is safely republican. There
is a good deal of free silver sentiment ir.
the Sixth and Eighth congressional dis
tricts. The western part of the state
has been affected by tho populi3t breeze
from Nebraska. On the other hand,
wherever the Germans are found in any
considerable numbers there is a marked
enhancement in republican, or McKin
ley, strength. Scott county, in which is
located the city of Davenport, gave
Babb. democratic, a plurality of 2,000
votes last year. Davenport has a large
German population and is a democratic
stronghold. This year the Germans are
practically solid for McKinley and sound
money. Their papers are all opposing
the Bryan ticket and platform. It is
claimed that Scott county will go repub
lican by from 1.500 to 2,500 this year.
For twenty-five years Iowa has gone
republican in every presidential election.
In 1892 Harrison received 219,795 and
Cleveland 196,397 votes. General Weaver
was a candidate for president in 1892,
and in his own state, where his popular
ity is conceded, he received only 20,596
vnte. The populist strength in Iowa'
reached its maximum in 1891, when
34,000 votes were cast for the state
ticket The following year, as already
noted, it was 32,000. In the election of
1894 a republican congressman was
elected in each of the eleven districts.
General Weaver was defeated for con
gress in the Ninth district, two years
ago, by a vote of 21374 to 18,517.
The republicans of Iowa are aroused
now as they have not been aroused for
years, and there is a determination
among the leaders to make McKinley "s
plurality exceed that given for Drake
last year. The people are prosperous
and, as a rule, contented. There is every
indication that the state is getting away
from the vagaries of Weaver and his
like, and settling into Keystone state
McKinley and Bryan! What a con
trast! There is an instructive lesson in
the personnel of the two candidates
for president of the United States. In
this country we are wont to regard the
Bryan will lose one sixth of the regular office of president as the most exalted
party vote, or about 2o,000 votes. Ur
these 25,000 votes, 15,000 will go for the
sound money democratic ticket, if one
should be placed in the field and the
remaining 10,000 will be cast for Mc
Kinley. Of course there are some le-
political honor in the gift of man. We
expect the president, and the roan who
expects to be president, to be dignified,
to inspire us with respect. The cam
paign is on. We expect the candidates
to remain quietly at their homes, wait-
his hat And what does he say? Can
hip most ardent admirer show us any
thing in his speeches since he left New
York city that is not commonplace and
repetition? He givet us the same old
platitudes, the same old veneered dema
gogy, the -Bame old sentimental non
sense. Not a new idea not even new
words. He has a reputation as an ora
tor, and yet we venture to say that no
candidate for president in twenty-five
years has in the same space of time
made so many speeches, and such poor
ones, as has Mr. Bryan in the last two
We go to Canton, and what do we
find? We find Major McKinley at
home, and we learn he has been at home
ever since he was nominated. We see
him living quietly and unostentatiously,
as becomes a plain, sensible American
citizen. Wo see him receiving callers
with dignity, and responding to the de
manus made upon him with rare good
judgment and infinite fact. If anyone
doubted Major McKinley's greatness
his largeness of mind and heart, before
the St. Louis t convention, that doubt
must have been dispelled since his nom
ination. He has lived up to the require
ments of his position. He has sustained
himself under a trying ordeal as few
men have ever sustained themselves.
He has, day by day, won increasing re
spect from the people of the country
He has vindicated American statesman
ship. He has held aloft the standard of
American manhood. Disdaining the
stratagems of the demagogue, he has
appealed to the honor and patriotism of
the nation. Major McKinley's informal
addresses from his porch in Canton have
buen a constant revelation of power and
wisdom. They stamp him as a states
man, patriot and gentleman. If the
world wants to see a typical American
gentleman, let the world look at William
McKinley as he passes his dajs, in this
tniru,' time, in Canton.
W. Morton Smith.
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