Items of Interest

William J. Bryan last week made a public announcement in his paper, the Commoner, of his intention not to be a candidate for renomination at the hands of the Demoeratic party. "I have twice received at the hands of my party," said Mr. Bryan, "the highest honor it can bestow, and twice has my nomination been endorsed by our allies, the Populists and Silver Republicans. I am not planning for another presidential nomination—if so, I would not be editing a paper; if I ever become a candidate again it will be because it seems necessary for the advancement of the principles to which I adhere, and that does not now seem probable. I shall, however, take an interest in polities for several years yet, if I live, and can be relied upon to support those who as candidates advocate Democratic principles, and also can be trusted to enforce them if elected."

A committee appointed by the Cuban Constitutional Convention to visit Washington and present to the President the reasons why the convention could not accept the terms of the Platt amendment, reached the capital on April 24, and was officially received by President McKinley the following day. The press reports state that the Cubans were given to understand that the terms of the Platt amendment are not likely to be modified. A state dinner was given at the White House in honor of the Cubans, at which were present, besides President and Mrs. McKinley, distinguished leaders of both the leading political parties from both branches of Congress.

Noblest American Forest
May 2, 1901

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