CHAPTER XI THE BATTLE OF GRAND ISLAND

I do perceive here a divided duty. --Othello

AS Bryan sat in the reception room at Fairview listening to the election returns, he laughed and chatted with the reporters, more indifferent in manner to the outcome of the contest than any others present. If he won, the people had at last recognized what he stood for. If he had not won, it was just one more engagement in his career. There was no longer the eager excitement of youth which felt that all of a lifetime hung upon the result.

Ever since 1904, when he had declared himself the moral leader of his party, regardless of consequences, he had put aside the equation of personal victory. If he had become more middle-aged, less flashing and more self-assured (if that were possible), he also had a greater kindliness, a greater sense of proportion and a more benign attitude toward the scene before him.

The geniality of the candidate who had taken on weight with the years, and lost hair, made him appear like some great happy field god, at home in his own country whether or not accepted by the majority of the nation. As he sat in the Fairview reception

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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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