LrscOLN, Neb., Oct. 18.- The flrst of the I j'.iint di-batcs on the politica] issues, between W. J. Bryan and John M. Thurston occurred here yesterday afternoon. It is estimated that 7,00i peoplo were in Agricultural hall daring the ! The whole state was repxesented and iniiny from otherstatea were present. The ! fao.t that both speakers are avowed ; dates for the United States senate added ! fcd the interesi of the occasion. The I ception given to the principal figures of theaftornoon was hearty and enthusiastio. C. J. Smith, of Omaha, and John P. Maul, of Lincoln, took tiirns in presiding. As Bryan was to open the debate Smith made the statement. He stated tho conditions of the debate 'nd invoked respectful attention to both speakers. lïryan (irows Kloquent 011 Silver. Tlu'n he introduoed Bryan, who was greeted with cheers. ïhe ternis of tho debate confined the speakers to no particular topic. Bryan touched chiefly on silver, the income tax and the Paciflc railroad indebteïlness. The income tax was fair and he was satisfled the future would vindícate his judgment. As to the Pacific railroads, if he was elected to the sonate he proposed to do his best to have the government I mort grage foreclosed. It was on the silver issue that he was most eloquent. He was sure the white metal would be victorious eventually. He pointcd to gains that he allegod it had made récently in all parts o'f the country as a vindieation of his position. Bryan was eheered vociferously at the conclusión of his remarks. Thurstun on the Tacific Roads. ïliurston received an ovation. His specoh was more of a freneral nature than tinu of Bryan. Heconfessed tobeatadisadvantage in the estiniation of some in discussion of the Pacific railroads, since he was the attorney of the leading company. 8till lie was confldeut it was not the adrantage of the people of the pcople of the whole count'ry to have the government foreclose its second mortgage.smce it must then pay the enormous flrst mortgage indebtedness. Replying to Bryan's income tax views he was brief and deprecated the measure, believing it could not endure. WaruiM l'p on the White iletal. On silver the speaker also became brilliant. After declaring to the surprise of some that he favored the f ree coinage of the American production, he plctured the enormous loads of foreign white metal that he said would be dumpcd into this corntry in the event of free coinage, and in closing declared that idea perfectly preposterous. In Bryan's closing reply he became personal and denounced Thurston for his political acts of the past, They speak at Omaha tonight.