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the "defeated and eliminated"
Bryan accomplished through
He got the organization com
mittee, to buck the bosses' pro
gram of Parker for permanent
chairman and name Ollie James,
Ky., a strong progressive.
He refused to be gagged by be
ing made chairman'of the resolu
tions committee, and took the
floor in that committee.
He bullied it into passing, by
41 to 11, a motion to present the
platform after the nomination in
stead of before, as usual.
This proposition had to go to
the rules committee for approval.
Bryan got the rules committee to
Adopt it by 21 to 16.
The fight started early. Sens.
O'Gorman, N. Y.; Culberson,
Tex., and Raynor, Md., were sent
to ask Bryan to become chairman
pf resolutions committee.
Bryan politely told them to go
phase themselves, and explained
that he didn't like to be gagged,
and that he -. was surprised at
"It is certain there will be sug
gestions to this convention I can
not assent to," he said "This
committee might decide to put
same of these suggestions in the
After letting that sink in : "As
an individual member of the com
mittee I can make my fight, and
if defeated, can cawy that fight
-th to the floor of the conven
and before the voters of the
im spread over the camp of
ses. , -
This: meant that if the resolu
tions qommfttee didn't behave,
Bryan would present a minority
report to the convention, and
cause another fight, and perhaps
The gloom of the bosses deep
ened considerably when Bryan re
marked pleasantly to Luke Lea,
of Tenn., that he "intended to
play national, not ward, politics.
Also, that little remark about
carrying the fight before the
"voters of the United. States,"
stuck in the crops of the bosses.
Did that mean Bryan might bolt,
and run independently?
When the resolutions commit
tee got together, Bryan explained
he had refused the chairmanship
"not to disturb harmony, but
rather in the interests of har
mony." Meaning thereby, it was gath
ered, that he desired harmony
but harmony of a pronounced
The committee was so anxious
to please Bryan, it made John W,
Kern, Bryan's closest friend, its
chairman. , .
Bryan opened the general de
bate in the committee, pledged
for a straightforward progressive
platform, put in brief, clear lan
guage. E. L. Garrison, Conn., came be
fore the committee and showed
Bryan LaFollette's platform,
urging the adoption of many of
the Wisconsin leader's measures.
President Gompers and Secre
tary Morrison, of the 'American
Federation of Labor, came to ask
for union labor planks.
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