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About The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903 | View Entire Issue (Aug. 29, 1896)
THE PALACE BEAUTIFUL,
HOW THEY WOULD VOTE.
Hon Q KTe-w- Line o
Sorosis Ladies On Presidential Politics.
When the members of Sorosis, who
are here, were asked to state, in The
Courier, whom tey would vote for, they
were ready to dc it, with two exceptions,
after explaining their comprehension ot
the futility ot a woman's expression of a
political preference. Those ladies
whoso judgment and matrimonial asso.
ciation would incline them to vote for
McKinley were especially emphatic in
their expressions or affection for Mrs.
Mrs. M. D. Welch. Mr. Bryan would
be my choice, because I believe, first, in
the sincerity and integrity ot the man;
and in the second place, in the princi
ples which he advocatas. I believe that
the working out ot these principles
would bring the greatest good to the
great majority. The example of morals,
social purity and Christian fidelity in
home, church and state would approach
the ideal if Mr. Bryan were to receive
this highest gift of the people.
Mrs. G. M. Lanbertson. Were I a
man, I should certainly cast my vote for
Mr. McKinley. I am opposed to any
measure that tends to debase our cur
rency or impair our national credit, and
therefore am opposed to the free coinage
ot silver except by some international
agreement, and with tho concerted ac
tion ot all the great commercial nations
of the world. Until such arrangement
can be made, I favor the maintenance
ot the parity between golJ and silver
and the present national banking sys
tem. I favor, also, such an equitable
tariff on foreign products as will not
only furnish adequate revenue for the
necessary expenses of the government,
but will protect American labor from
"degradation to the wage level of other
lands." For the furtner protection of
American labor, I favor the strict en
forcement ot our immigration laws. I
favor a firm, dignified foreign policy .and
the creation of a national board of arbi
tration for the adjustment ot interstate
and international differences. I consider
most menacing and dangerous to the
welfare of our country the spirit of
turbulence, ot discontent, of opposition
to all the existing order of things, viz.:
The spirit of anarchy that pervades tho
entire democratic platform.
Mrs. A. J. Sawyer. To ask women to
express their choice for president, is like
tiring blank cartridges in a sham battle
efficacious only to amuse bystanders.
The present combinations suggest
the old puzzle of the "fox, goose and
corn." A platform whish confederates
honest money (corn) and protection (the
goose) is, to say the least, suspicious;
while free coinage (the fox) fattens on
protectionists (geese). As it required
three trips to cross the river, so tho
present political puzzle will be solved
by a third platform uniting honest
money and honest principles, and the
selection ot a nominee who will not rat
tle around, either in the shoes, or the
hat, of the present incumbent.
Mrs. John Miller. I would vote for
Bryan rather than McKinley, because I
think he believes in silver, while no one
knows that at heart McKinley believes
The Chicago platform is a strong one,
but I shall have space to emphasize but
three points of superiority over the St.
Louis platform. It gives the only prac
ticable promise of bimetallism. Its at
titude toward the great monopolies is
frank. Its object is to deal just'y with
them and the people.
Its income tax offers a fair moans of
raising revenue. "In my judgment," to
quote an oft used phrase in a much
read pamphlet, an income tax is the
least discriminating of all taxes.
Mrs. C. L. Hall. If I had a vote I
should vote for Major McKinley. While
I recognize the high character of both
candidates, the memory tf the heroes
who nrtrched away in Gt has, for me,
made republicanism mean patriotism.
Mrs. E. R. Guthrie. I would vote
for McKinley, because:
1. He represents protection to home
industries, and protection to home in
dustries means the employment at liv
ing wages of all American labor.
Much the greater part of our imports
is immediately consumed and adds noth
ing to our permanent wealth, and the
money paid for it is lost to us, while, if
these supplies were produced in this
country by our American labor, the
money spent for them remains a part
of our national wealth and is reinvested
and circulated here, so that, though I
may pay more for what I buy, I am con
tributing to a general prosperity which ,
mujt inevitably include me in its bene
fits. 2. Because he advocates a continu
ance of the sound money basis upon
which the country now rests. While
the single gold standard may not be the
best, our coming to it has been so grad
ual that the intervening years were
called a period of phenomenal prosper
ity. But for this country to attempt to
return at once to the free coinage of
silver at the ratio of 1G to 1, without the
co-operation of any other large commer
cial nation would entail upon depositors
in banks, pensioners, holders ot mort
gages, wage earners, holders of govern
ment bonds aad all other kinds of
securities, an immediate live, greater in
amount than the entire cost of the war
ot the rebellion, creating 6uch general
distress that I could not escape it.
The following lines were enclosed in
Mrs. Guthrie's reply to the editor's re
quest. They were written by a child
and the internal evidence indicates that
the author's name U Guthrie.
Say! don't expect that mamma'll
Do a thing for us today.
She's thinkin who'd be president
If she could have her way.
Why! if a girl should come to us
And ask us who we'd vote for,
We'd say we'd vote like grandpa did
When he came from the war.
But 'cause Mrs. Bryan's brilliant.
Her husband good and bright,
The Bentley's right good neighbors,
And she wants to be polite;
It takes mamma somewhat longer, '
But we kids can tell her true.
Though Sorosis paces grandly
The McKinley team gets through.
Mary E. Tibbetts. Had I a vote Mr.
Bryan would get it next election day
for two reasons, neither of them politi
cal. In the first place, peace at home
must and shall be preserved.
Secondly, I want Mrs. Bryan to be
mistressot the White House.
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