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William Jennings Bryan Cross of Gold Speech And now, my friends, let me come to the paramount issue .... The gold standard has slain tens of thousands .... There is scarcely a State here today asking for the gold standard which is not in the absolute control of the Republican party .... Mr. McKinley [Republican nominee for President] was nominated in St. Louis upon a platform which declared for the maintenance of the gold standard [in part, because the gold standard is the accepted international currency standard]. No private character, however pure, no personal popularity, however great, can protect from the avenging wrath of an indigent people a man who will declare that he is in favor of fastening the gold standard upon this country, or who is willing to surrender the right of self-government and place the legislative control of our affairs in the hands of foreign potentates and powers .... [This is] a struggle between "the idle holders of idle capital" and "the struggling masses, who produce

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