Page images

all future tire." 6.

This decision to seize the hole oi the Islands came as


a surprise to the people and in.eaia tely net rith a vell or

ganized opposition.

The lation greeted the neus rith the fol

lorins editorial:

"Dispatches from Paris and washingüen
agree that the Commissioners sent by the
United States to arrane With Coramissioners
of Spain the terms of a treaty of peace, on
i..onday demanded as one of its features the
surrender by Spain to this nation of all
the Philippine Islands, as territory of the
United States. sve do not not discuss the
wisdom or folly of annexing this archipelago
We simply point out that its acquisition would
mean the incorporation into our system of an
immense group of islands on the other side of
the globe, occupied by eight millions of
people, of various races, that for the most
part are either savage or but hal-civilized;
which the most arden advocates of the policy
admits can never becoine States in the Union,
and which, therefore, must constitute colonies
of such a sort as vere never contemplated by
the founders of this nation, and for the gov-
ernment of which we have no precedent in our

Yet a change in policy of such
stupendous importance to democracy is to be
made - so far as the lickinley Adainistration
can make - vithout an expression of opinion
on the subject by the people through a vote,
ei ther directly or indirectly, and in res-
ponse to the supposed demand of the populace." .

Bryan's Interview 0: December 13th.

Ir. Dryan's regiment had been stationed near Savannah

6. Stanwood, II, p. 23.
17. la tion, lov. 2, 1898, p. 323.


during the latter part of the war.

He had refrained from mak

ing any announcements of party policy during his period of service. On the day folloving his discharge he save an inter

view to the press in which he outlined the attitude which he

took to the treaty of peace, the terms of which were known,

having signed on the 10th.

The entire interview was given in

the New York Sun and I give it as I found it there in a nevis



"Savannah, Ga., Dec. 13 - Colonel
Willian Jennings Bryan until last night
in command of the Third Nebraska Regiment,
Infantry, left Savannah tonight for lash-
ington. He vill stay there a few days
before going West. Col. Bryan has been
very popular in Savannah. He was escorted
to the station by quite a number of the
officers of his late command.

"The silence which has made Colonel
Bryan as no ted since entering the army
as his readiness to take upon any public
question before that even tas broken this
afternoon for the second ti ne since he
was commissioned. He said, in connection
with his resignation:


lly reason for leavins the army was set forth in my letter to the AdjutantGeneral tendering my resignation. llow that the treaty of peace has been concluded, I believe that I can be more useful to my country as a civilian than as a soldier.

" "Col. Bryan then proceeded to the discussion of the public questions, saying:

"The people of the United States, having rescued Cuba from foreign control, may now re sure the discussion of the domes

« PreviousContinue »