WHEN a biography is finished and the subject has been followed to his grave, in most cases the work is complete. This is particularly true of one whose life has been devoted to a single purpose. Narration of the life of one who gave his entire time to mechanical invention, to electricity, to chemistry, or similar interests carries its evident conclusions. One sees from afar the ruling purpose, the later course, and the place in history. But when a man has been identified with many differing lines of work, the task of estimating him is more complex, and it seems necessary to draw together the separate threads and weave them into one strand.
What is it that has caused this man to be so widely known, so greatly loved, and so ardently hated? What quality in the man caused his influence, unaided by any official position, to extend far beyond the confines of his own country and called forth at his death, expressions of sorrow from all parts of the world, even from such distant lands as Persia, South Africa, and India?
Wayne C. William has recently published an admirable epitome of Mr. Bryan's public services, and, in conclusion, he has ventured to designate the place which Mr. Bryan should hold in history. I quote this summary of his achievement, knowing well its accuracy, and I quote also the eulogy, hoping that a wife may endorse praise where she could not with propriety express it:
"What gave Mr. Bryan the title of the greatest liberal and progressive leader in America? What made him the unmatched popular orator, the refuge and champion of the oppressed? Great as was his elo-