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it up in a vault and gain the rise in the value of dollars. Bimetallism gives to the laboring man an opportunity to work, and we point to the fact that in all the times past, laboring men have been more prosperous when two jobs of work were looking for one man when two men were looking for one job of work.
Bimetallism appeals to the business man because business failures everywhere testify to the fact that the merchant cannot sell when the people are not able to buy. We want to increase the consuming capacity of the American people by having money in the country for them to obtain when they sell their crops and for them to spend in the purchase of food and clothing for their families.
The gold standard has separated the mouth from the money to buy food for it; it has separated the back to be clothed from the purse that contains the money to buy the clothing. We want to close the gap between gold and silver and, by so doing, close the gap between the needs of the human race and the money required to satisfy those needs. Bimetallism appeals to the professional man because the professional man lives upon those who produce the wealth of the country and upon those who exchange wealth; and if he destroys the foundation he destroys his own prosperity. Bimetallism appeals to the soldier; the soldier who was willing to give his life, if need be, to make this one nation, is willing to give his vote this year to make this nation an independent nation rather than the province of some foreign empire.
Our cause appeals to the minds of those who think and to the hearts of those who feel, while the gold standard, when rightly understood, appeals only to those who love money more than they do mankind.
I want you to remember that no evil was ever reformed by those who profited by the evil; that no bad law was ever repealed by those who obtained the benefits of the bad law; that no vicious system was ever corrected by those who profited by the vicious system; and so, in this campaign, the people who have grown rich from the gold standard having banded themselves together to maintain it, we must appeal to those who have suffered in order to obtain relief from the gold standard. We have been making an appeal to the people of this country and I have tried to do my share of the work. I have worked as hard as I could, and yet I do not want you to think that my physical strength is exhausted.
My hand has been used until it is sore, but it can handle a pen to sign a free-coinage bill, if I am elected. I have been wearied with work, but I still have the physical strength to stand between the people, if they elect me, and the Wall street syndicates which have been bleeding this country.
My friends, you have been told that I am a dangerous man. There is nothing in my past life, either public or private, that justifies any citizen in saying that my election would be a menace to law and order, or to our form of government, or to the welfare of society; but there is much in what I have said and done to create a suspicion that my election would be a menace to those who have been living on what other people have earned.
I believe in the cause for which I speak. I have never claimed infallibility, but when I believe a thing I stand by it. And I believe in the restoration of bimetallism, and if I have behind me the hearts, as well as the votes,
of the American people, you may depend upon it that no power in this country or in any other nation will prevent the opening of our mints to the free coinage of silver on equal terms with gold, and at the present ratio.
I appreciate the work that has been done in this campaign; I appreciate the words that have been spoken, the zeal which has been shown, and the sacrifices which have been made, and I appreciate the efforts which have been put forth by the wives and mothers, as well as the work done by the men. The wives and mothers have a right to feel an interest in the result of this campaign; they are concerned as much as we. There is no question which appeals to the mother's heart more than the question raised in this campaign, namely, whether the trusts and syndicates shall run this government, or whether the people themselves shall have a voice in the making of the laws.
They have accused me of being a young man and I have not attempted to deny it. But, my friends, as a young man I know something of the feelings of young men, and I know what it is to have a condition in our political society that makes it difficult for a young man to rise in life unless he becomes a favorite of some great corporation. I want our government maintained as the fathers intended it. I want it so that the child of the humblest citizen in this land can aspire to any position in the political or business world to which his merits entitle him. I want it so that if he enters politics he will not find arrayed against him all the great financial influences of society unless he is willing to join with them and conspire against the welfare of the people as a whole. If he enters business I want him to be able to stand upon his own merits and not stand always in the fear that some great trust will run him out of business.
We are engaged in just such a contest as every generation must pass through. In times of quiet, abuses spring up. When the people neglect their civil duties those who have great interests at stake gather around legislative halls and secure legislation that grants them special privileges, and then they entrench themselves behind the privileges granted them and contribute to campaign funds in order to purchase an election, knowing that they can get back through unjust legislation more than they contribute to the campaign fund. The people suffer until suffering ceases to be a virtue; they are patient until patience is exhausted, and then they arouse themselves, take the reins of government and put the government back upon its old foundation.
We are engaged in such a struggle now, and while the election will turn upon the money question, yet behind the money question stand other questions, and behind the money power stand all those combinations which have been using the government for public plunder. I know that the forces against us are great, but, my friends, the conscience of the American people is more potent than any campaign fund that can be raised.
I am not surprised at the means which have been employed, because when a party starts out with the proposition that we must submit to such a financial system as money lenders demand, they go further and say that any man who borrows money must submit to dictation from the man who loans to him, and that any man who works for wages must submit to dictation from the man who employs him. This doctrine of submission will be carried all
the way down the line until the right of the citizen is lost and until the corporation becomes all-powerful.
The yellow ribbon which was first adopted as a badge of submission to a foreign money power has become a badge of coercion. Let those wear it who are willing to bow the knee and supplicate for assistance from across the ocean. I expect the votes of those only who believe that the American people are able to attend to their own business. Let those wear the yellow ribbon who are willing to submit the destinies of this nation to those who loan us money. I expect the votes of those only who want to commit the destinies of 70,000,000 of people to those people themselves. We simply ask you who live upon these prairies and in these cities to be as independent in the casting of your votes as the eastern financier is when he casts his vote. He tells you that he is a business man and cannot allow party questions to interfere with business. I want you to be business men in this campaign. From now until election day carry as your motto: "We mean business," and bimetallism will be restored.
The rest of the day was spent in a trip through Iowa, with meetings at the important cities, among them being Chariton, Creston, Red Oak, Hastings and Council Bluffs. There were three large and enthusiastic meetings at the latter place. At Creston also there were three meetings, one of them being for ladies exclusively. Mr. Walsh, Secretary of the National Committee, accompanied us on the trip through Wisconsin and Iowa, and Father Nugent, of Des Moines, who made several strong speeches during the campaign, was with us during a part of the ride through the latter State. Hon. Lew Genung, a delegate to the Chicago convention, and later fusion candidate for Congress in the Council. Bluffs district, joined us at Pacific Junction and attended the evening meetings. At Council Bluffs Mrs. Bryan and I were the guests of Mr. Evans, one of the most zealous of the Iowa silver Republicans.
Crossing the river early Sunday morning, we reached Lincoln about ten o'clock and spent the remainder of the Sabbath at home. This ended the long trip of the campaign. detail the distances and route traveled:
Below will be found in
Mileage on Third Trip.
Lincoln to Kansas City, Mo., over Missouri Pacific.....
St. Louis to Henderson, Ky., over L. & N...
Henderson to Louisville, Ky., over Louisville, St. Louis & Texas.
Midway to Versailles, Ky., over Southern Railway..
Harriman to Asheville, N. C., over Southern.....
Bath to Boston, over B. & M..
Boston to New York, over N. Y., N. H. & H. R................
Traverse City to Howard City, Mich., over G. R. & I.....
Elyria to Sandusky, O., over L. S. & M. S...
Bluffton to Fort Wayne, Ind., over Ft. W., C. & L.
Delphi to Frankfort, Ind., over L., N. A. & C...