Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/10/01

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Subject: [Leica] Free Silver?
From: bdcolen at (B. D. Colen)
Date: Fri Oct 1 10:36:07 2004

Dumbest thing he ever did - tell his friends he was going to go down to
Tennessee to scope out that guy heathen lawyer Darrow...

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Sent: Friday, October 01, 2004 12:20 PM
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Subject: Re: Re: [Leica] Free Silver?

Hey, Brian, I wasn't making fun of the Free Silver gang, I actually do
miss Grover Cleveland!  Bryan is quite another matter and gets mixed
reviews based upon his participation in the Scopes trial.

> From: Brian Reid <>
> Date: 2004/10/01 Fri AM 11:51:53 EDT
> To: Leica Users Group <>
> Subject: Re: [Leica] Free Silver?
> If you guys are going to make fun of the phrase "Free Silver" you 
> should at least learn enough U.S. History to know where it comes from.
> Having watched the US Presidential debates last night, I long for the 
> era of riveting public speakers. One of the most mesmerizing speakers 
> in U.S. history was William Jennings Bryan, a fervent populist. He 
> gave this speech to the 1896 Democratic National Convention, during 
> which "free silver" was THE issue of contention.
> The history books say that Bryan got 30 minutes of standing ovation 
> after giving that speech. Here is a good watercolor of the era, 
> including a photograph of him speaking, in this page maintained by the

> historical society of his home state of Nebraska:
> If you go to this website and select the 1896 Democratic Party
> you'll be able to divine what the "free silver" issue was all about.
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