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CHICAGO AND BALTIMORE
The greatest preliminary battle for delegates in hoth leading
parties is nearly "over and we know as much about the probable
outcome as welcnew before the battle began and very little more.
. It is 32 years sfnce the Republican situation presented such
elements of uncertainty and dramatic interest as it does this year.
In 1880 the struggle between Blaine and Grant was fierce and bitter,
but not sp much so as the present struggle between Taft an'd Roose
velt. Neither Blaine nor Grant reached the convention with a clear
The party did not dare to risk desertion of the friends of one
by nominating the other. The result was that' Garfield and Arthur
emerged as the final ticket. Both were comparatively unknown.
It is 16 years since the Democratic situation was so mixed and
doubtful as now. Tn 1896 the leading contestants were Gov. Horace
Boies of Iowa, and Silver Dick Bland of Maryland. Both were cast
aside and the party went to battle under Bryan and Sewall, both
comparatively unknpwn.men. This year is pregnant with unknown'
possibilities, including the possibility of a new party. It seems to,
be. one of those peculiar years when the unlikeliest outcome is most'
Sixteen years ago he leaped in
to national prominence with a
speech which carried the deep in
surgency of the hour. He led, not
once, but thrice, to glorious -defeat.
Each, time he was followed
by the minds, the hearts -and"the
votes of millions of his country
men. -Today he isi but 52, which is
early noontide,in the day "of intel
lect, of politicsof statecraft.
It is marvelous tha a man who
leads only to defeat cpuld retain
his hold upon the minds and the
imagination of men over so long
a period. The explanation, lies
neither in his eloquence nor in his
political principles, whatever may
be said of the quality of the one or
the soundness of th'e otKer. TKe
explanation of Bryan is character
integrity, sincerity,. fidelityV
True moral grandeur is so rare,
especially among politicians, that
the world takes off its hat to it
whenever Jt appears.
Waiter Yessir; we're very hup
to date here. Cook everything by
Customer Oh, you do ! Well,
just give this steak another shocks
Judge What are you?
Witness A 'andsome cabman,
Judge Be careful what you
say, or you will be committed for