Bryan in a Tight Place

The Republican State Journal depicts the disagreement over tactics in the Democratic Party because of Bryan's fusion with the Populists.


Mr. Bryan had a trying time at Schuyler the other day, according to an eye-witness. Not long since Mr. Bryan, after infinite toil, succeeded in pulling off from the democratic ticket Mr. Thomas, who had been nominated for congress in the Third district. This left the populist candidate, Mr. Devine, to go it alone against Meiklejohn. But hardly had a the smile on Mr. Bryan's face expanded to its full breadth before the democratic committee met and put up Editor Hensley to contest for the votes of the democracy in that district, and Devine's fat was in the fire again.

The other day Mr. Bryan was at Schuyler to fill his appointment. Mr. Hensley had the floor first and proceeded to explain the duties that devolved upon good democrats in the way of supporting the regular ticket. "I did not seek the nomination," he exclaimed, "but now that it has been given me I demand the unqualified support of all claiming the name of democrat." Then turning to Mr. Bryan he demanded that Billy should come out in his speech flat-footed and advise the democrats of Schuyler to vote for Hensley, the only democratic candidate.

After Mr. Hensley had concluded Mr. Zentmeyer, the democratic candidate for the state senate, made a similarly demand for straight goods in Mr. Bryan's speech. Mr. Bryan was in a bad hole and he was obliged to do it, much to the disgust and discomfiture of the pops of Colfax county. "How happy could I be with either, were the other dear charmer away," was then played by the brass band, but it gave little consolation to the tired candidate for all that is out.

About this Document

  • Source: Nebraska State Journal
  • Citation: 12
  • Date: October 21, 1894