H 0 THE WESTERN WEEKLY
I Bryan or Taft for President?
j The greatest topic in America, as it is bound to be in the world for some months yet, is as to who will be president William
j Howard Taft or William Jennings Bryan? Whichever wins, the White House will have as its master a William. Whether it will be
W a Taft or a Bryan remains to be seen. To those interested in conning signs for the purpose of prophesying, a study of Am ncan pres- P
j idential history in relation to the use of the alphabet in the selection of names will prove interesting. We have had one "3" in the
K person of Buchanan. Of the "A's" there were John Adams, John Quincy Adams and Chester A. Arthur. "C" was represented by one
j Cleveland. "D" and "E" were passed by but Fillmore represented the "F's". Grant and Garfield furnished the "G's" and W. H.
t Harrison, R. B. Hayes and Benjamin Harrison supplied the "H's". "I" was passed, but Jefferson, Jackson and Johnson gave immor
al! tality to the letter "J". "K" is not known to presidential history but "L" furnished a martyr in Lincoln. Madison and Monroe fitting
Ij ly satisfied "M" while the simple "Mc" was honored in McKinley. "O" gave no response on this scroll of fame, but "P" responded with
Polk and Pierce. "Q" is eloquently silent while "R" is resplendent and luminous with "Our Roosevelt." "S" remains in the back-
ground, while "T" gave Tyler and Taylor. "U" has not yet been called upon, but "V" gave Van Buren. "The father of his country"
j supplied W, with X, Y, and Z remaining silent.
Hj So there has been one "B" and two "T's" so far in the White House. Will next November see the addition of a B, making a duet,
H or of a T making a trio?
W A comparison of the two men, viewed merely as the world views them, is more than interesting it is edifying.
WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT.
j Mr. Taft was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, September 15, 1857. He
H graduated from Yale College in 1878 and from the Law School of
H Cincinnati in 1880. Admitted to the bar in 1881 he started the prac
j ticc of his profession. In 1882 he was appointed as collector of in
Mt tcrnal revenue for the district of Ohio. From 1883 to 1887 he again
W practiced his profession but was made Judge of the Superior Court
H of Ohio in the latter year, serving on the bench until 1890. He was
M appointed Professor of Law in the University of Cincinnati, serving
H in this capacity from 1896 to 1900. In 1900 he was appointed Prcsi
1 dent of the United States Phillipine Commission, and on June 1,
j 1901, he became the first civil governor of the Phillipine Islands.
m Since that time Mr. Taft has been an active worker in the field
M of politics. He has served as diplomatic emissary for President
Hij Roosevelt on a number of occasions, and in 1907 was appointed Sec
Hi retary of War, retaining that office until June 30th, last, when he re
ji signed to take active part in his present campaign.
1 To Mr. Taft's diplomacy and skill there belongs probably more
Hrf credit than to any other one American. Working hand and heart
H with the president; understanding in the fullest degree the latter's
Hf aims and purposes, he has been faithful and efficient. In his diplo
H, matic relationship with the rest of the world he has displayed the
H acumen and aplomb of a Disrcali, and has, in fact, been the main-
HJ (Continued on pace 11)
H William Howard Taft.
WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN.
William Jennings Bryan is a native of the state of Illinois, having
been born in Salem in that state, March 19, 1860. He is therefore
two years six months and four days younger than Mr. Taft.
He graduated from Illinois College in 1881 and later prepared
for the bar at Union College, Chicago. In 1887 he removed to Lin
coln, Neb., making that state his home since that time.
He was elected to Congress from Nebraska in 1890 and again in
From 1892 on for a number of years he became a strong advocate
of the free coinage of silver at a ratio of 16 to 1 and it was as advo
cate of a plank in the Democratic national platform in 1896 calling for
free coinage that he made his famous speech which gave him the
nomination for the presidency. He was defeated in this campaign
by William McKinley. Instead of dropping back into the simple life
Mr. Bryan continued his advocacy of the proposed silver measure.
He became such an authority on the matter that the world took
cognizance of his ability in this direction. He was called into sev
eral important conferences bearing on monetary matters and in each
case was so forcible and so well fortified with facts and figures that
he became recognized by merit of his greatness in this one thing.
But Mr. Bryan, aptly termed "America's greatest private citizen,"
has for years been before the public eye. A man of dominating ap-
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William Jennings Bryan.
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