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* Is Introduced as the Next President. *
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Announces That Every PSank in
the Last Democratic Platform
Will Be in the Next.
Says He Has Examined the So-Called *
Corpse of Free Silver and Candidly
Thinks It Will keep Till the Next \
of Nebraska has personally
delivered his message to the
people of this city. He had
his say last night at Wood
ward's Pavilion, and what he said was
against territorial expansion and the
tru?ts and in favor of free silver, the
election of United States Senators by a
direct vote of the people, axid the in
come tax. A great throng of people
listened to and applauded his words.
and another great crowd lingered out
side, unable to gain admittance into the
big building.
The late standard-bearer cf the sil
ver Democracy, who still appears to
ha%-e the call on the Democratic nomi
nation for the Presidency, arrived in
San Francisco yesterday mominz from
the Ycsemite, where he has been sisht
see'.ng with his family. Mrs. Bryan.
his son and two daughters accompanied
him. They were taken to the Califor
nia Hotel, in the parlors of which, after
luncheon, the Nebraskan and his wife
held a reception. Later in the day they
were driven to the Mechanics" Fair.
After dinner, in company with the
members of the reception committee
and escorted by marching clubs and
bands of mu?ic, they began the carriage
Journey to "Woodward's Pavilion.
The crowds were there long ahead of
them. So were the police from the
Seventeenth-street station, under com
mand of Captain Glllln. to keeo the
crowds in order, which they did so ad
mirably that the 5000 seats in the Inte
rior, except those reserved for the es
cort marching with Bryan, were filled
without discomfort to any one — if you
don't count those that couldn't get in —
in tore S o'clock.
The pavilion itself was decked out in
more artistic fashion than ever before, |
th= management evidently having
profited by the recent examale fur
nished during th a reception of the Cali
fornia volunteers. Red. white and blue
bunting was draped ail around in
srrncer'u! festoons from rafters to gal
leries, the effect being punctuated here
and there with pictures of Bryan and
silver stars. A tribune er«-tM at the
south end of the platform was very
beautif':! in red plush and a stand of
colors. Above it in larce letters hung
the legend, indicative of the burden of
the speech about to be delivered —
Republic or Empire?
At S o'clock the doors were barred
and the crowd settled town to await
the coming of the speaker, being aided
thereto by the band over the speaker's
stand, which persisted in playing
"Only One!" which many thought to.be
a ?u£-grsti<->n of the unit 5n the free
silver ratio. A few minutes after 8
o'clock Mrs. Phebe Hearst and the
visiting architects who are her guests
'.v-r* 1 ushered into the pavilion. They
w*r= immediately recognized and
The progress of the Nebraskan and
his escort through the streets of the
city took longer than had been calcu
lated, and it was almost 5 o'clock when
the strains of approaching music gave
notice of their proximity to the pa
vilion. Outside bombs were, fired and j
cheers raised; inside everybody rose j
to his <">r her feet and got ready to ;
cheer. The scenes that ensued during >
the next five minutes changed too rap- >
Idly to be caught by any one eye. the ;
sounds were too many for any one ear
to distinguish.
Pellrcell through one of the big doors ■
came the white-uniformed men of the
Bryan Free Silver Flambeau Club and
their band. Everybody cheered and the ;
f.ambeau bearers made a wild scram
ble for the 3eats that had been reserved
:^r them to the right or the speaker's
stand, the crowd that followed almost
beating them to the coveted places, i
Next came the Iroquois braves, some ;
r,i them in war paint, with another j
bar.d. More cheers, another crowd,
again a rush for seats. Necks were :
Etret<~hM farther and eyes popped for l
the fir*: glimpse of Bryan. When he
did come, which was not for several |
minutes later, he was met by a shout j
that shook the building. There was i
not a doubt of it: He was in the house i
of his friends and the glad smile that
overspread his features showed that the j
Nebraskan appreciated the situation.
Mr. Bryan came in on the arm of
Democratic National Committeeman J. j
J. Dwyer. Following came Mrs. Bryan j
on the- arm <-.f i^ o Park, others in the I
party which ascended to the speaker's i
stand were Mayor Pheian, Seth Mann, i
chairman of the Democratic State Com- j
mittee: Judge W. j. Lawler, Mrs. Park,
the Misses Dwyer. W. EL Alford, W. j
W. Foote and Jasper McDonald.
As soon as the cheering ceased the j
committee in charge made up for lost |
time by getting into the* middle of J
things. Mr. Dwyer wasted few words
In Introducing as chairman of the even- !
ing Seth Mann. The chairman of the j
Democratic State Central Committee i
used only a few more in welcomine the
Nebraskan. whose name was loudly
cheered again and again. Mr. Mann
said y the late candidate of the Demo
cratic party for President of the United
State was still the logical candidate,
and would undoubtedly be elected at !
the coming election. He then Intro- j
duced "William Jennings Bryan, the i
next President of the United States." '
The San Francisco Call.
Mr. Bryan st^od up. and. of course.
there were more cheers, and prolonged
ones, during which the big: audience
had opportunity for a good look at the
champion of free silver. Since his las:
visit here the Nebraskar. has taken or.
more fiesh. The firmly defined jaw of
the once "Boy Orator of the Platte"' !
has accumulated a good full coatine of ;
flesh; the nose is not so sharply defined
as it was in ISSS, when he first came to
this coast. There is more erectness.of .
b-arir.g, however, that there was before
the war, probably due to service as coi
onel of a Nebraska regiment. There
was fire in the eye. but it was not no
ticeable until the speaker warmed up.
and, no matter how he stirred his hear- ; '
ers, Mr. Bryan kept himself always
well in hani. I
Bryan Says Imperialism Cannot Exist Without Its Twin Brother, Militarism.
Judging from his address last night,
Mr. Bryan is a finished orator. Every
word he utters is clearly articulated;
he wastf-s no energy in meaningless
gestures; he speaks in the tone of c.
man who believes what he says, and
his manner cannot fail to convince such
an audience as he had last night — polit
ical friends all. or nearly all.
He started with the statement that
he believed the nation was assailed by
creat dangers and proceeded to point
out v.hat he believed these to be. He
denounced the system of stamp taxa
tion and advocated the income tax.
When he had finished with that he in
sisted that United States Senators
should be elected by direct vote of the
"You had a Senatorial contest here
recently. I believe." he said, with a
The house caught on and Mr. Bryan
did not think it necessary to continue
his argument further.
On the silver question he * said he
hated to drag in such a funereal sub
ject, but was compelled to. The Re
publicans, he continued, said it was a
dead issue and that they had buried it.
"They have buried it so often." he
said, "that they confess that they have
never done a good job. I have ex
amined the so-called corpse and my
candid opinion Is that it will last till
The "benevolent assimilation of the
Filipinos," as he called the territorial
expansion policy, came in for a good
many sly digs at the hands of the Ne
braskac He said coupled with It -was
S~AOLOXEL WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN, ' ■ - • ■ arrii rd in Sj-:
£ Frai yesterday morning \ \V. IV. - : • f the Paris ■_
\^y tm ■-. ■ ■■■■: - . lys ago and has bee i one f
■- ever since. At Port by a delegation f S m ■' i
ne it ■ : . :- I. j ' hen to t i H tel in this n i
- red f
iMi : Mrs. 1 • ition in tie parlors of the h tel, m i
> driven i the Me i f the i \gement ft) f . At din
: I Mrs. Bryan were ' . : " ' J. J. Dwyer, J. F.
H Al) ■ '. Jasrer M ' \ th M mn.
ng Colonel B- ~ ~ ' ' ted by a
... - .... ... . . . . ; and tzvo brass bands
I the way a i mbs denoted the pr igres ; if
At the pavilion the Nebraskan received an ovation. He outlined the issues upon which
Democracy would base its claims for success in the next Presidential election, 'denounced the pol
icy of expansion and trusts, denied ... silver was a corpse, and said he favored the income tax
and the election of United States Senators by direct vote of the people.
Colonel and Mrs. Bryan and members of their party took supper at the Palace Hotel, after
leaving ward's Pavilion, as the guests of Mrs. Phebe Hearst. Mr. and Mrs. Bryan will
leave this morning for Sacramento, where Colonel Bryan will deliver an address to-day.
The prominence, of Colonel IV. IV. Ftfote in the ... is causing some uneasiness to
local Democratic politicians. Since the advent of the Nebraskan in the State the colonel of the
Paris Commission has been constantly at his side, and the impression is gaining ground that,
should Presidential lightning ever strike William Jennings Bryan Colonel Foote will be the man in
this neck of the woods whom hais will have to come off.
the doctrine of forcible Christianity,
which would shoot the gospel Into the j
refractory with a Gatling. For a full
half-hoar he-<welt on the subject, ad
vancing many new — some of them very
humorous — ideas, why from his stand- ;
point the policy of expansion was un-
The trusts came in for some bitter i
denunciation at the hands of Mr.
Bryan, who received a great ovation j
as he finished. The speech, which oc- ;
cupied full two hours in delivery, was j
as follows:
Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentle- |
men: While I appreciate the kindly !
words used by Mr. Mann in presenting j
me to you, I want you to believe me I
when I say that I have a higher ambi
tion than to be President of the United
States. (Cheers.) Only a few car. be
President in a generation, but in this
nation, where we are taught to love
the principles set forth by the fathers;
in this nation where every citizen is a
sovereign, and where none cares or
dares to wear a crown, to be a citizen i
is honor enough without holding any :
office. State or municipal. (Cheers.)
A higher ambition than to be Presi
dent is the ambition to make American
citizenship stand for something more ■
than citizenship in any other country
stands for. (Applause.) And I shall
have done all that I hope to do If I
can have a humble part In the work ;
of carrying this Government back and
placing it upon the old foundations, j
and make it what Jefferson intended: ;
a government that recognizes as its ,
maxim, "equal rights to all and special
privileges to none." (Applause and.
cheers.) .
My ambition will be fully satisfied '
if I can have a humble part in the
work of making this nation what Lin
coln wanted it to be a Government of
the people, by the people and for the
people. (Applause.)
I believe that the nation is assailed
by grave dangers and that it is the
duty of the citizen, the duty of every
lover of his country, to first investigate
and then cast his influence upon the
right side of every public question.
The Campaign of 1896.
The campaign of l?St> was a campaign
that stimulated thought and investiga
tion, and though the forces to which I
allied myself went down in defeat. I
believe that that campaign did good,
because it taught the people to study
public questions and the study of pub
lic questions must ultimately result Ii
the triumph of every right principle
and every *good policy. (Applause.)
There are Republicans in this audience,
I doubt not— there are Republicans I
hope; and they no doubt rejoiced that
In the campaign of 1596 they helped to
defeat me when I was a candidate for
the Presidency. But I want to tell them
that if the triumph of the Republican
party proves to be good for this coun
try I shall rejoice as much as the most
ardent Republican in my defeat. (Great
cheering.) And if the triumph of the
Republicans proves hurtful to this
country I shall expect the Republicans
who were responsible for that triumph
to feel worse about the result of the
last election than I feel. (Applause.)
I am going to assume that I have In
this audience to-night people who pre
fer the .triumph of that which is right
to the triumph of that which they may
think to be right; the triumph of that
which is true to the triumpß of that
which to them may seem to be true.
&cd I want to present to you a. few of
the Issues, and give you my reasons |
for believing that the Republican party j
is wrong on every great question now
before the country. (Applause.) Wrong
because there Is "a vicious principle
that runs through every Republican
policy; and I am going to try to con
vince you not only that there is a prin- ;
ciple running through all the Repub
lican parties, but I am going to try to
convince you that it is a vicious prin- !
ciple, and I have such faith in the i
strength of the arguments that I shall j
employ that I am confident I shall be •
able to convince some of you of that j
fact, some of you who have not ad
mitted it before.
The Dollar Above the Man.
The Republican party is putting the
dollar above the man. (Cheers and
cries of "That is true.") The Republi
can party has enthroned money and
debased mankind, and you can see the
dollar mark stamped on every policy
of the Republican party.
Abraham Lincoln ■wrote a letter in
1559 to the Republicans of Boston, who
were engaged in the celebration of Jef
ferson's birthday. Think: of it! Re
publicans celebrating Jefferson's birth
day. But they did it in 1868 To-day
they tell you that Alexander Hamilton
is the man whom Republicans worship,
but in 1559 the Republicans invoked the
name of Thomas Jefferson, not the
name of Alexander Hamilton. And
when Abraham Lincoln could not at
tend that dinner he sent a letter of re
gret and in the letter paid to Thomas
Jefferson a tribute as eulogistic as any
that I can pay. and in the course of
that letter he said that the Republi
can party believed In the man and the
dollar, but that in c%se of conflict it
believed In the man above the dollar.
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x Bonfires Light the Way for Him. *
The Nebrasken Declares Himself
an Out-and-Out Opponent of
the Policy of Expansion.
is Emphatic in His Assertion That the
Gospel of Benevolent Assimulation
Cannot Be Shot Into Filipinos With a
Gatling Gun.
That was the doctrine of Abraham I
Lincoln, and in the early days of h\< -,
: administration he sent to Congress a
■ message, and in that message he
\ warned his countrymen against the ap-
I proa of monarchy. What alarmed
him, he stated in the message — what it :
was that gave him alarm — was the at- :
i tempt to put capital upon an equal
; footing, if not above, labor in the
Structure of the government, and in
I that attempt he saw the danger of re-
I turning monarchy.
If I were to warn the people to-day
: against the approach of monarchy
I they would call me a demagogue — the
i Republicans would— and yet Abraham .
i Lincoln warned his countrymen :
' against the approach of monarchy, and ;
\ he was frightened at the attempt, then
1 in its inception, to place capital even j
upon an equal footing with labor in
the structure of the government.
Lincoln Versus Hanna.
If Lincoln mas alarmed then, what
would be his alarm if he were here to
day and could see the difference be
tween Republicanism in the days of
Lincoln and Republicanism In the days
of Marcus A. Hanna? (Prolonged
cheers a_d applause.)
I: you Republicans want to get a
good view of the change that has
taken place in the Republican party
place the heroic fisure of your mar
tyred President at one end of the Re
publican party and the present chair
man of the Republican National Com
mittee at the other end. and look at the
toboggan slide that leads to the bot
tom. (Great applause.)
I repeat that to-day the Republican
party has reversed the doctrine of Lin
coln, and that to-day in the eyes of the
Republican leaders the dollar comes
Srst and the man afterward, if at all.
(Laughter and applause.) You ask me
how I can prove it. If I had time I
could take up one by one the issues be
fore the country and show you that in
every instance the Republican party
sides with money as against man.
(Cries of "Take them up.")
Platform of 1900.
The Democratic platform of IS3S -will
be in the campaign of 1900, every plank
of it. (Cheers and applause.) Every
plank, every line, and every syllable,
and every plank is stronger to-day
than it was when written. Do you
doubt that the demand for arbitration
of differences between labor and capi
tal is stronger to-day than it was in
ISSS? I believe it is stronger, much
stronger, now. and that the demand
for arbitration will continue to grow
MrrJ.l ■■ ihi arbitration of disputes be-
I tvreen rporai capita! and employes
I of corporations will be as well system
atized and as practicable as is the
court of justice to-day for the settle-
I meet or" disputes between man and
man. Do you doubt that there is more
. opposition to-day to government by in
: junction than there was in 1536? (Ap
plause.) I have no doubt of it. and :
believe that opposition to govern
ment by injunction will continue to in
crease until the people of this nation,
; acting through the constitution and the
laws, will make it impossible for courts
[ to take away from people accused Of
■ crime the right of trial by jury to de
: tennice their guilt or innocence. (Ap
: plause.)
Income Tax a Stayer.
The income tax was in the campaign
| of ISSS, and it had a good deal of influ
ence with some people. Why, when we
had that amendment before Congress
one of the Eastern Democrats said to
: us in the committee that if we, as a
'■■ party, favored the income tax rich
: Democrats would leave the party. I
: felt it my duty tcr defend the rich Demo
crat, and I said they would not; that
no rich Democrat would leave the party
because of the party's efforts to do
justice on the subject of taxation. I
say that I said the rich Democrats
would not leave the party, but I did
not know rich Democrats then as well
as I did afterward. (Laughter and ap
plause.) But I said, "Suppose they do,
won't the poor Republicans come in
and take their places?" I thought they
would; but I did not know the poor
Republicans then as well as I did
afterward. (.Laughter and applause.)
I thought that M a rich Democrat
left the party in order to avoid doing
justice, poor Republicans would
; come into the party to secure justice. I
■ thought the poor Republicans would
j feel about the matter as the Irishman
I felt about the action of the mule. He
I was driving a mute-to a buggy and the
! male began to kick, and finally got his
; heels up over the dashboard, and the
: Irishman said to the muie: "All right,
you can get In if you want to, but
■when you get in I will get out. (Laugh
ter and applause.)
But I can forgive the poor Republi
cans who were so blinded by partisan
prejudice that they did not realize that
the Democratic party was fighting their
battles for them. I knew that a man
can be blinded by partisanship so that
he will think that everything his own
party does is ail right, and that every
thing any other party does is ail wrong.
I went once from my home in Nebras
ka to a town in Eastern lowa to hear
a great Republican make a speech. I
wanted to hear what could be said on
that side, and I wanted to hear it from
the lips of one of the great Republi
cans. ~ I remember the meeting. They
had a good many Republican farmers
Cornstalk Applause.
It was in the fall of the year and
the Republican farmers had with them
---■■. canes, and they would wave
them when anything was said that
pleased them. I remember that when
the speaker pointed out that the Re
publican party had put a tariff on wool
in order to raise the price of wool, those
Republican farmers waved their corn
stalk canes and hurrahed for a tariff on
wool which raised the price of wooL
And that when the speaker went on to
say that the Republican party had put
a tariff on woolen goods in order to
lower the price of woolen goods, those
men raised their canes a?ain and
shouted. (Cheers and laughter.) • I be
lieve that it did not make any differ
ence what the argument was. (Lauzh
I say I can forgive the poor Republi
can who don't understand how unjust
is the present method of collecting
i taxes, but I want to warn the poor Re
: publicans that my forgiving power will
. not hold out much longer if they fail to
', see it. (Laughter.)
In the campaign of 1536, when I rant
ed to say anything on the income-tax
decision I always quoted from one of
1 the Judges of the Supreme Court, and
I am such a conservative man. and so
cautious, that I always preferred to
quote from a Republican Judge rather
than a Democratic Judge, because he
could" not be an anarchist. (Laush
ter and applause.) I used to quote es
pecially from Justice Brown of Mich
igan. You remember that he said in his
dissenting opinion: "I fear that in
some hour of national peril this de
cision will rise up to paralyze the arm
of the Government." The hour of Deril
came. We needed more revenue. We
could not collect that increased revenue
from incomes. Why? Because that de
cision Lid rise up to paralyze the arm
of the Government, and then we had
to resort to other methods of taxation.
We have become familiar with the
stamp tax.
Working of Stamp Tax.
Every time you send a telegram you
pay what you used to pay and in addi
tion thereto 1 cent for tie benevolent
assimilation of the Filipino. Way is it
that that tax of 1 cent on each telearram
must be paid by the sender? It is be
cause the telegraph companies have
more influence with the Republican
party than all the poor Republicans who
send telegrams and must pay that tax.
You go to a bank and give a check, and
if you are a poor man and give a small
check you pay - cents on it. If you are
rich and give a check you pay only 2
cents on it. The tax is not graded ac
cording to income or wealth of the
citizen I believe in the income tax. and
I believe that it is the fairest tax that
was ever devised. (Applause and
cheers.) I intend to continue to labor
for an income tax, and I am so san
guine that I expect to see the day when
the constitution of the United States
will specifically authorize an income
tax. so that neither one Judge nor nine
Judges can build a bulwark around the
fortunes of the great nor place a bur
den upon the backs of the struggling
poor. (Applause and cheers.)
Blood Not as Precious as Money.
The war has broueht into bold relief

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