CHAPTER V
BOOLA BOOLA

Students are forever doing such things.
--HENRY P. WRIGHT

NO sooner had the Unterrified Democracy adopted this astounding figure from the plains of Nebraska than "the boys" had a foretaste of the unruly St. George who was to lead them for many years into battles for which they had little desire and along paths which were anything but primrose.

Into the little room at the Clifton House, where The Commoner sat on the wooden bed, hard by the old-fashioned pitcher and washbowl, excitedly talking about the "principles of the people" which had triumphed, came committee after committee seeking jobs if Bryan should be nominated and elected, asking questions as to his stand, some hoping at the last moment to commit him to some statement which would prove his unavailability and stem the nomination which was practically settled.

"I understand that you are a hard drinker," said one delegate hopefully.

"You may tell the Convention that I am a teetotaler," Mr. Bryan replied.

So that was that.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword vii
  • Contents ix
  • Illustrations xiii
  • Chapter I- Panorama 1
  • Chapter II- Evolution of the Alpaca Coat 20
  • Chapter III- The Playboy of the Western World 44
  • Chapter IV- The Coup D''état 64
  • Chapter V- Boola Boola 90
  • Chapter VI- St. George 103
  • Chapter VII- Mark Hanna Waves the Flag 115
  • Chapter VIII- Neighbor Bryan 143
  • Chapter IX- An Innocent Abroad 161
  • Chapter X- End of a Candidate 181
  • Chapter XI- The Battle of Grand Island 205
  • Chapter XII- The Cocked Hat 224
  • Chapter XIII- Baltimore 242
  • Chapter XIV- Deserving Democrats 269
  • Chapter XV- The Farmer-Statesman 286
  • Chapter XVI 305
  • Chapter XVII- Grinding Corn for the Philistines 349
  • Chapter XVIII- The Commoner and Al Smith 357
  • Chapter XIX- The Holy War 372
  • Chapter XX- Is Bryanism Dead? 397
  • Bibliography 405
  • Sources 409
  • Index 413
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