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The resignation of Bryan as sec
retary of state should not be per
mitted to serve as a reason for
cltiuding the issue.
The resignation may have a bear
ing on United States politics, but it
is unimportant, internationally.
Bryan was appointed secretary of
state by Wilson largely for the pur
pose of cementing friendly relations
between this country and South
America. The administration be
lieved that the feeling between this
country and South America, once
friendly enough, had grown almost
to the point of antagonism, on the
part of the southern republics, and
it was considered a big job to repair
the break. In cementing the rela
tions between North and South
America Bryan found a work greatly
to his liking and Wilson found a man
capable of carrying out what he con
sidered a very important part of his
Then the European war started.
As secretary of state Bryan had to
appear officially as the person trans
acting the business with Europe. As
a matter of fact, not only the poli
cies involved but the actual work was
Wilson's. This was well known.
Bryan finally objected to being
officially responsible for utterances
and methods in which he did not be
lieve, personally. He resigned.
There will be great differences of
opinion as to whether or not Bryan
should have done this. Such discus
sion, at this time, means little.
The important phase of the ques
tion is that the effect of Bryan's re
signation on the president's policies
is not important and should not be
made important. Wilson has de
monstrated that he is Wilson. He
has stood firmly in every crisis and
emergency that has arisen. Bryan
has been a valued associate of Wil
son's, but Wilson has insisted that
Wilson's policy and Wilson's method
must prevail whenever a final deci
sion is to be made.
That Bryan did what his conscience (J?
told him to do no orie who knows him
But the importance of his resigna
tion should not be overestimated.
Nothing worse could happen to
this country at this critical time than
that Bryan's action should create a
division among the people in their at
titude toward the president
The note to Germany has been
sent. The moment it was sent" it
ceased to be Woodrow Wilson's note;
it became THE VOICE OF THE
Bryan would have worded that
note differently. There are many
other Americans who would have
worded it differently. But Wilson's
was the responsibility. He could not
evade it and no one could share it
with him. The necessary public
policy is continued support of Wilson,
without consideration of the Bryan
President Wilson is no more en
thusiastic about war than Bryan or
any other pacifist. The government
of this country does not want war;
the people as a whole do not want
war; sentiment for war that flared up
for some days has rapidly been
dwindling, of late. We may be sure
that Wilson will do everything pos
sible to keep this country out of the -
European war, except to compromise v J'
its honor, and it is our guess that as
a private citizen Bryan" will be found
loyally supporting his old chief
should a peaceful solution of our '
differences not be possible.
Meanwhile nothing should be per
mitted to divide the people in their
present attitude of loyal support of