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I0W BRYAN GOT IT. Inside Iltetory of Ills Nomina lion Disclosed. .VAS NOT AN ACCIDENT. 3 r ought Abont By a Deep-Laid Plot Two Years Agx. EDITORSHIP HIS FIRST STEP. (Washington Dispatch to the Chicago Tribune.) Bryan's nomination was no accident. so far as he and his friends were concerned. When he stood up to make bis eventful speech he waa throwing loaded dice, whlcn had been prepared near ly two years before. The Boy Orator had assisted his friends In pulling the wires for many month, and every move In the game had been studied out. This information was gleaned In Ne braska during the week preceding election, and the authority for the story which follows Is no less a person than James C. Dahlman, chairman of the Democratic State Central Committee of Nebraska, Mr. Bryan's confidential political adviser and friend. II gave the Tribune correspond ent permission to print the story after election, and meanwhile every statement he made wa-s verified from other sources, the whole proving conclusively that William Jennings Bryan knew he waa playing for high stakes when he made his celebrated cross of gold speech at the Chicago convention. He waa not only fully aware of the plans of his Nebraska friends, but was consulted at every stage, and on himself alone depended the final maneuver which secured for him the opportunity to speak Just at the right time to capture the convention. The story, as told by Chair man Dahlman. supplemented by the statement of others, bears the Impress of truth on its face, and can easily be verified by any one who cares to dot so. In the summer of 134 parties were more or less spirt In Nebraska. The Republicans were divided, and sb were the Dem ocrats. The former split over the Governorship. The latter broke into factions on the money question. William Jen nings Bryan bad been elected to Congress twice and bad demonstrated first a great power of glib oratory, and, secondly, a marvelous facility for Uniting different factions and parties. The Democrats divided could do noth ing. By a union with the Populists they might control the States Bryan waa Just the man' to unite the free-silver wing of the Nebraska Democrats with the Pops." He was for free trade and free silver, had always affiliated with the Populists from the day he went into politics, and possessed glittering oratorical powers from which much could be expected. Bryan was still In the lower house of Congress, and fully expected to be a candidate for re-election, when a little coterie of Democrats of the silver fac tion in Nebraska put their heads to gether and determined that the hard times and the general reeling or unrest were an opportunity not to be missed. and that the talkative young lawyer from Lincoln could, if handled properly. be landed In the White House. Cntil the extra session of 1893 Bryan had been a tarff reformer only, and his first speech on the silver question literature for use In the later campaign and with free-trade literature for is In the; race for the Senate. ' Things turned about aa the schemers isd expected. Bryn's candidacy for the Senate gave him the opportunity to speak all over the State instead of In the congressional districts, where he iad previously worked on crosa roads, hurches and at village taverns. Bryan waa beaten for the senators hip. but the fusionlsts elected the Governor. The campaign against such a man as Thurston had attracted notice outside of the State, and the young orator and his associates were .well satisfied with the result. Then came a period when William Jennings Bryan was more or less lost sight of, but he waa sawing wood all the time, and- making the best possible use of his opportunities. From the moment the election of 18M was decided, the new campaign Issue waa pressed to the front. The file of the World-Herald will show that during September and October. MM. silver was kept In the background, while Immediately after the election the tariff waa thrown to the winds and free silver at 1 to 1 Insisted on with persistent iteration. But this waa not all by any means. The World-Herald did well enough for Nebraska, but did not amount to much outside the State. Here the Intimacy with Stewart, Jones, Newlands and the rest of the congressional silver speculators began to bear fruit. Bryan dodged all over 'the country, making silver speechee. In obscure towns and little halls In large cities. He was campaigning for the presidency, though no one knew it but Mmself and half a docen close friends ln Omaha and Lincoln. So persistent and so varied did this outside campaign become that the World-Herald for days at a time did it contain a smgle line which had been either written or supervised by the editor-ln-chlef. However, editorials were furnished from time to time, almost all on silver, and the stlU-hunt campaign went on through Ohio, Illinois, Mississippi. Texas and every other State where the Boy Orator could secure an invitation to talk. In the spring of 1895 came ther decision of the Supreme Court upsetting the in come tax. Bryan promptly seixed this Issue, and denounced the court for Its action. His editorials then are as nearly like the Chicago platform on the same subject aa could posetbl be expected, in summer of 1895 was spent in this vagrant campaigning and intermittent editorial work The real work tor the presidency w:is beginning. The scheme evolved at the start was to ketp Brvan in the background until a ravorable opportunity occurred, and then to spring him on the convention wun an the dramatic force obtainable. Bland, Poles. Matthews. McLean and others, be ing avowed candidates, could not partlcl pat in tn proceedings, but uryan, a young man, could be a delegate, take a prominent part, and capture the conven tion. It was. of course, necessary to secure the Nebraska delegation. Secretary Morton. Postmaster Euclid Martin, of Omaha. and other gold Democrats, though lack ing votes wofully, bad secured nominal control of the organization. Harrlty, Sheerin. and the other officers of the na tional convention were gold men and could be depended upon to seat the gold delegation from Nebraska on the first call ot the roll. The silver men were contestants, and Bryan's possible candidacy bad to be kept in the background, first, be cause he could not make the necessary grand stand play If an avowed candidate, The spring of ls9o was f pent in strength ening Bryan in outside States and secur ing a reliable silver contesting delega tion from Nebraska, with William Jennings Bryan at Us head. All this was successfully accomplished, and the next scene of the Boy Or ator was at the Republican National Convention at St. Louis. He was ostensi bly a correspondent for his paper, and had a seat among the otner correspondents, but he did not do much work and the files of the paper show It. He waa there for Just two things, one was to study the crowd, find out what stirred them, and how the mechanism of a great national convention could be utilised. He saw his late rival for the senator-ship. Thurston, made chairman. and saw him capture the crowd again, and again. What Thurston could do Bryan could do. He saw Foraker, from the Committee on Resolutions, capture the crowd, and what Foraker could do ing the crowd. The speech was carefully wwfk5i v?.to tn cro" of g"'d climax, which bad been assimilated from another Congressman's speech long before, and when William Jennings Bryan sat wn ue anew mat the die had been thrown, that the nomination was within his grasp, and with it th nnuihiiitv Of the presidency Itself. - Tne rest is public history. Jones, of Arkansas; Altgeld, Tillman and the leaders of -the Boles, Bland. Matthews and McLean booms were beside themselves. They saw when too late how they had been tricked. When the noms nation were made they forced an adjournment and sat up all night trying to devise a scheme to bead oft Bryan. They saw through his schemes when it waa too late. The gold Democrats could then have beaten Bryan, but they sat silent or de- serteo tne convention ball altogether. Th leaders of the convention were compelled to drop Into line one after another, and. before they had fairly recovered from their surprise, the Boy Orator of the Platte was the candidate for President of the United States. Bland, Boies. Matthews and McLean took but lit tin part in the c-amoalgn Just closed. They each knew they had been beaten by a cleverly arranged theatrical trick. Jones intended to be na tional cn airman ror Bland. He was glad to get th same Job for Bryan, but Jones had never forgotten how It was that the closing speech of the debate on the platform waa so eagerly sought for by the Nebraska phenomenon, and Gov. Altgeld long ago thought out what might have happened if he had been warned by the overtures of the Nebraska silver men. Yet all these men now consider that Bryan was the strongest man who could have been nominated, and he will be the candidate of the same crowd In 1900 If he is alive and welL The schemes of two years standlngwwere carried out to the letter, and that William Jennings Bryan Is not now booked as th next tenant of the White House is only due to the fact that the people wet-In the end too much for th Nebraska President-makers. PHILIPPINE HORRORS. Fifty-nine Corpses Taken Out Aftera lNigbt In the Manna Blackbole. Men Mailed To the Wall and the Thumbscrew Applied. (London Daily News.) In a letter, dated September 30, received in London from an English merchant in the Philippines, the writer says: "Manila Is at present quiet, but skirmishing is going" on In the outskirts every day. Th adjoining province of Cavtt is still held entirely by the rebels, and ther they have killed all the priests and Spaniards. Great atrocities have been committed on both sides, but more so by the Spaniards, who have shown no mercy on the prisoners caught. A perfect reign of terror now exists. Whole- sate arrests ar taking place daily of both Innocent and guilty, and most horrible tales of barbarity and cruelty are current. Th Spaniards are torturing, especially th mors Important people, in order to force them to declare. I am told tbey ar actually nailing their hands to th walls and nageuaung them, applying th thumbscrew, etc There is no doubt It is perfectly true, but will all be denied by th m in Europe, and aay surviving witness likely to speak against them they will promptly get out of the way. No telegrams are allowed to go away except after being censored by the Government, and correspondence In also violated, but nevertheless the Hong Kong ami Singapore papers have managed to get an account of the Black Hole of Manila, worse than that of Calcutta. In an old dungeon in the fortress some one hundred people were thrown

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  1. The Courier-Journal,
  2. 23 Nov 1896, Mon,
  3. Page 5

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