DAYTON, Tenn., July 9, 1925 (UP) -- Promising to devote the remainder of his life, if necessary, to a national campaign for a constitutional amendment to prohibit the teaching of evolution, in case the Scopes trial results in victory for the defense, William Jennings Bryan today gave his many admirers here ground for predicting that the commoner would again become a candidate for the presidency of the United States. Those who heard and cheered Bryan's declaration that he would make the last act of leadership of his life a nation-wide campaign to put the Bible into the Constitution, forecast a day when he would run for president on a fundamentalist platform.
Showing intense feeling in his speech last night, Bryan declared he had no great faith in the infallibility of the courts, that he believed that the power came from the people, and morality from the Bible, and the anti-evolutionists were in the majority in the United States.
The commoner's insistence on the eve of the trial, upon linking the conflict between evolution and religion, rather than dealing with the question of constitutionality involved, has rather annoyed the defense. The distinguished counsel who are to defend Professor John T. Scopes against a charge of teaching evolution contrary to the laws of Tennessee had planned to make freedom of learning the burning issue. Bryan has set fire to quite a different powder train.
"The forecast that he will move rapidly from the lower courts, then to the Supreme Court of Tennessee, then to the Supreme Court of the United States, and then, having lost, will campaign for a constitutional amendment against existing guarantees of religious and educational liberties, is a very ambitious program, even for Mr. Bryan," said Judge John R. Neal, senior counsel for Scopes.
"Bryan has worked for two months on the speech he will deliver in summation at the trial. It probably will be the greatest oratorical effort of his career."