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r iho oeople. We should have
fcr direct vote o l"J Jdum and recall. We
Je initiative, refei eno united.,: States
h old elect a0UdiS of th0Be United States. -
esJX privilege of. making law
Se should hajo u de by our.repre-
priy ora;de recalling any, of. our officiate
scntatives, and roc dQ go j m f Qp
DTHnP fan for presidential candidate. .
t, m Nebraska. -I would suggest
W B o ?he candidate for. president, One
Sksn he platform should be against
ififfSSiSrJ training. .
thef i See heretofore, and say, to you
W'lftl ihttil living I expect to have
in all pincenrin iU 1920. That you will .bo
thc plSJ and Vm he elected to the presi
tbe Dwthlargest popular vote ever cassis
m' II foregone" conclusion. The people,
t0Ja Period of sixteen years, have at. last
a(ler a perjou worth .and
wakened o the fact o i y ou the
fiKSS IS, 5? unrest into a land of peaceful
Vil S nd happin s They have been- asleep
fn. while but take my word for it, they
a ?,L a valce now and not only waiting an
"I hl2,J to nut you where by all ' means
T ri S S ? betonW the presidential chair.
iC find rant it and richly bless you and -prefer
toltt and splendid' mental faculties
to m for many years to come. My Voicejsonly
Se o maw in this city. You' have plenty of
staunch friends in this city who will pull and
push for you in 1920. , ,,.. '. .
A. R. Moss, Virginia. I voted for .Samuel J.
Tilden at twenty-one years of age. , I have -voted,
every time for the nominee, but have had my
doubts some times of their real democracy. I
am for William Jennings Bryan, a man whose
heart is close to the people, for president Mr.
Bryan is a real democrat of the Jefferson and
Lincoln type. He is strong with the prohibition
ists, the Chautauqua or church people and the
suffragists. He was with the boys and for the
boys during the war and was all American. He
is opposed to militarism in peace times, and he
believes in just compensation for labor with
the right to organize and bargain collectively.
He is right on the league of nations; he be
lieves in government ownership and control of
railroads, telegraphs and telephones. His many
bills laughed out of court by the republican
millionaires have become the law of the land
today. This will be a campaign of big business
and money by the republicans, the democrats
must have a real man and not. a millionaire i or
their leader. Mr. Bryan is the only one that
I know of that can win.
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Robert P. Coll, Oklahoma. If w are going
into next year's election with no other thought
but capturing the election and the spoils thereof
we deserve defeat. To my mind there are clear
cut issues that call for an unequivocal declara
tion on the part of the. democratic party.
The dual plan of ownership as a solution- of
the railroad question meets with my approval.
To my mind there has not been enough said
about immigration. With the great foreign born
population which we have unassimilated and
Undigested it is high time that we take steps
to shut out all aliens who cannot speak, read
and write the English language. Politicians who
fjo angling for the foreign vote will not commit
nemselves outright to any drastic policy along
21 vl0' but Delieve such a platform will meet
Jn the approval of the majority of thinking
Americans. We need candidates therefore who
.nS trim. I only know of one public man
ill it whose record is entirely free of this
I! i Ivotea fr Mr. Bryan in 1896 and every
umehe was a candidate thereafter. We met
aI eac time but there was no sting because
e Knew that we and our le'ader were right. We
us !fc n ith defeat next year but even so let
knniJi 1 means meet the issues fearlessly
not o?! r?m past history that the truth can
has ?it r ?efeat The question of prohibition
thn ? yet been settled. We must beware of
be o , SeiM? of the liquor interests who will
take n loi 3ob 0f course the party, cannot
see tn w ?ward sten on suffrage and we must
Pered Mii our nnaicIal system is not tam-
Ihavi a,8 was done after -the civil war.
PresitW ad (1 exPress as my first choice for
taowtoi fte.Hon- William .Jennings Bryan. I
respond I wi t ? cal1 is loud enough that he will
hetoflw i favor Josephus Daniels, a cab
WLr who has made good and I would -also
support A. Mitchell Palmer if tho Judgment of
the party favored him. The signs of tho times
pbrtend a republcan victory but with a lender
and a campaign like 1896 I believe wo can tri
umphs for tho people are ready to listen to tho
forward looking men regardloss of party.
' E. T. McGehee, West Virginia. In calling
a leader for 1920, tho American people should
unhositatingly choose the man who has proven
his worth and whose career has been absolutely
clean from every viewpoint, giving his life and
service to establish and maintain tho principles
of right and justice above all special and prod
atory interest. When such problems as world
peace, prohibition and industrial settlements call
for prompt and resolute methods, I have faith
in the American people to believe that tho largo
majority of them fully realize and appreciate tho
ability and great virtues which lie within the
soul of William Jennings Bryan. .
Above all things wo need a man at the holm
who has ahws and still stands for poace with
honor, as it is very evident to all clear-minded
people that the vicious forces of militarism aro
striking with might and main to fasten their
bloody and deadly fangs in this great govern
mental machinery of ours. Is it not plain that
we must have a leader who has always stood
and stands for the best interests of tho common
people under all circumstances, and who has
been known to fight militarism, special interests
and all evil influences with all tho power at his
At. this critical period of our national life. I
do not believe that anything could more
strengthen the courage and faith of our Ameri
can people in the principles that are so dear to
their hearts than the nomination and election
pf Mr. Bryan, which would bo a complete vindi
cation of civic righteousness and Godliness, and
America would honor horBolf infinitely more
than she would honor Mr. Bryan, for she would
thereby prove to the world and herself that she
held the principles of right and justice far above
any partisan or special interest.
- h Harry Baxter, Delaware. I hope that you are
nominated for next president. If you are I will
surely vote for you and do all in my power to
get others to vote for you. I would rather see
you elected than any man on tho earth.
W. W. Woodfill, Ohio. The nominee must
be a real man. After looking over the field
and taking an inventory of their stock (they
must be up to the times on all issues.) I rind
only one man to fill the bill complete that is
W. J. Bryan.
-ff P Briggs, District of Columbia. The let
tors from Commoner readers which you have
lately published please me immensely, and they
show for Mr. Bryan as the next democratic
nominee. Justice and wisdom both dictate that
he shall again be our standard bearer.
Havinc done more than any other man to
place the democratic party on the right side of
all important questions now before the country,
such as prohibition, woman suffrage government
ownership, capital and labor, world peace, etc.,
hi is ent tied to lead tho fight for complete
victory on those questions. He could draw
more heavily than anyone else on the Ijdepend
S.f Sn 1 Progressive republican voters. He would
LtomMttoMM support of the pro
f ? f?iK Vm I very large share of the woman
hibiiion st anda7rVhe churches would throw
vor ft is perfectly logical to expect the acces-
i ii L forces I have enumerated. Mr.
sion of Vie f ctcy hi8 ideal public and
B7alS iffand Ms ardent championship of all
prlVaitorin;m .have attracted to him the ele
ments ha? mke1 good citizenship and moral
adThneChundreds of thousands ol RChautauqua pa
trons who have "iaetlc per,
Bryan's 1M
sonality will be like ytosn democrat for
for him at the polls, we ' f possibilities
whom opportunity -now waits, i i tUQ
for good have "Sigbtfully as the best
years, and he now stands g Jvng
Snd the surest winner his party can pic
fir the rixt election.
, f nhin Mr. Bryan's plan is
R. B. Brehant, pWo. M fl Wm at pe
good, very good. x d0 ; n save us from going
head of this government to sa
.to pieces. It lokB fd6 be answered and the
.when our fnVr Bryan to make this nation
.way opened to Mr. uryuu
in truth a Christian country. I hope tho read
ers of Th Commoner and all friends will do
their bast to oloct tho only man strong artough
to do tho job.
D. L. DaVano, Arteomu I think MoAdoo is
the mun.
W. A. Hodgwi, Arkansas. In answor to quo
tions in Issua for October, will say: i. Prohibi
tion. 2. Lot the poople rule. 3. Froo upoooh
and freo press. 4. W. J. Bryan for president.
Bos wishes for The Commoner.
K. 13. Hunt, Mississippi. I think ono of tho
most important dutlos we havo to perform is
tho guarding of our financial system so that tho
money sharks do not get control and contract
tho currency as they did soon after tho closo
of the civil war. Let all money bo Issuod and con
trolled by the government, and tho postal sav
ings and fedoral loan banks bo mndo to do
bettor service. If tho prohibition and woman
nuffrago questions aro not sottlod beforo that
time they should bo promlnont. I am In favor
of public owuership of railroads, tolograph and
telephones, coal mlnos and all othor natural
products. All disputes betweon capital and la
bor should bo settled by arbitration. As to a
candidate, my first choice is W. J. Bryan, and
my second would probably be Joseph W. Polk.
(Contlnuod on Pago 14)
(From Hot Springs, Ark., New Era., Nov. 20.)
Colonel William Jennings Bryan came In lato
to the regular meeting of the Rotary Club Wed
nesday and was callod on by President Reynolds
to explain the reason for his tardiness. In ex
plaining, Mr. Bryan said to the Rotarians:
"I am too much perplexed by tho news of
Iho day. The morning papers announce that
tho bullion In a silver dollar Is now worth five
cents more than tho bullion in a gold dollar.
The shock upsets mo. I am not able to speak
with composure. My thoughts insist on running
back to 1896, when the self appointed cham
pions of an honest dollar vociferously declared
that their consciences would not allow them to
pay their debts In any but the best money. I
am patiently waiting for tho afternoon papers
to learn whether these men are paying their
debts today In silver dollars at a premium or
whether they are using the cheap gold dollar
for liquidation purposes. If I find that they
are using gold coin, now five cents below tho
silver equivalent, I shall suggest the appoint
ment of a congressional committee on conscience
to ascertain why these men who used to pro
fess so high si standard of patriotism and honor,
have fallen from grace.
"What will the youth of our land think if
those men who havo claimed a monopoly of
financial virtues become itopudiators. If I wore
a cartoonist I would represent tho Wall street
financier standing by an open grave marked
'Cheap Money' and holding in his hand a skull
inscribed 'A 95c gold dollar.' In tho distance
I would represent a silver dollar splitting its
sides with laughter while the Wall street man,
looking at the skull, soliloquised 'Alas poor
Yorrick, I know him well.' "
(From The Austin, Texas, Statesman.).
President Wilson also sent a congratulatory
message to Governor-elect Edwards of New
Jersey. Edwards was the demoeratic candidate,
but his platform declared the league of nations
covenant "should not be approved without giv
ing recognition to the Irish republic." That
part of the platform Mr. Wilson probably did
not approve. The big Issue, however, was pro
hibition, and tho big plank In the Edwards plat
form was the following:
We pledge ourselves to oppose by all law
ful means the ratification or enforcement
of the so-called prohibition amendment to
tho federal constitution, and to lead tho
movement which will eventually result in
its repeal.
That was the plan which elected Edwards, In
a state normally republican. Whether Mr. Wil
son agrees with it or not we do not know. May
be he congratulated Edwards merely because
the latter was a democratic candidate. But this
is what Edwards said in one of bis speeches:
If I am elected governor I will make
New Jersey as wet as the Atlantic ocean.
And the president said in his telegram:
Please accept my hearty congratulations
upon your election.

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