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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - March 13, 1968, Darmstadt, HesseA new look at by Sid Whipple staff writer it come Clad in the Armor of a j. Righteous cause. Actually William Jennings Bryan was Riad in a Black Alpaca sack suit with he Low Cut Vest Black string tie an baggy trousers appropriate to a coun try preacher or with the possible Addi Tion of a shirt front Diamond a missis Sippi whatever his raiment the moment Bryan boy orator of the Platte began speaking he had his audience under a spell. His magnificent voice Confidence in the righteousness of his cause and personal magnetism brought an emotional response compar Able in modern times to that of the always spoke says Henry Steele commager in a recent appraisal of theman with the voice of Isaiah or per haps of St. Paul and those who were not carried away by his eloquence could not but reflect that this is the Way go would have talked if he had Only had Bryan s Calm appraisal of Bryan s influence on the american social and political Structure would have been impossible during the turbulent period stretch lag a few years before and after the turn of the Century. People were either enthusiastically for or stubbornly against everything the great com Moner stood for. There were no in Between shades of opinion. Today however Calm analysts of theman s character such As prof Law rence Vav. Levine author of defender of the Faith Oxford University press new Orkand prof. Paolo e. Coletta author of a new two volume biography his magnificent voice Confidence. And personal magnetism brought an emotional response comparable. beatles William Jennings Bryan right and Clarence Darrow As they appeared during recess in 1925 Scopes trial. William Jennings Bryan political evangelist University of Nebraska press tend to reverse the judgment of those who saw in him Only a political mount Bank a fanatical socialist and a glib tongued the enduring threads which run through Bryan s career says Levine have been obscured by the misguided Effort to characterize him. As either a progressive or a reactionary without understanding that a Liberal in one area May be a conservative in another not Only at the same time but also for the same reasons. Bryan has been taken to task for his tendency to View the world in terms of Blacks and Whites by me who have committed this very error in their estimates of Bryan certainly if one looks at the bal Ance Sheet of issues espoused by the Man from Nebraska the number of those which have become part of our democratic establishment is impressive although not All of these successes were achieved in Bryan s lifetime. Let s look at the record As Chelate Al Smith used to say in his Cam Standard in a magnificent piece of oratory which brought him the nomination for the presidency at the democratic National convention in Chi Cago in 1896, Bryan warned capitalists and Bankers you shall not press Dow upon the brow of labor this Crown of thorns you shall not crucify Mankind upon a Cross of Bryan s demand was for the abandon ment of the Gold Standard and the acceptance of by Metallis in which the parity Between Gold and Silver was fixed at 16 to 1.he lost the election but kept the cause of free Silver alive for Franklin d. Roosevelt was fated to abandon the Gold Standard after he be came president in 1933. Women s suffrage at a time when cops were arresting aggressive ladies for demonstrating too wildly forthe suffrage cause Bryan was on the Side of the feminists. Women were give the vote in a constitutional amendment adopted in 1920. Income tax although a supreme court decision had once ruled that an income tax was unconstitutional Bryan fought stubbornly for the right of the government to Levy assessments noncitizens according to their capacity to pay. The Issue was settled in 1913 bythe adoption of a constitutional Amend ment. Direct election of senators in the years . Before . Senators were chosen by state Legislatures. Bryan always in the fore continued on Page l t wed March 13, 1968 the stars and stripes Page 11

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