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Official Publication of the National Nonpartisan League in the State of Montana
A CONTINUATION OF THE INVERNESS NEWS
VOLUME 2. GREAT FALLS, MONTANA, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1918 NUMBER S.
League Members Ready. for Fall Campaign---Plan Keen Contest
STATE IN NEED
OF BIG CHANGE
POLITICAL BATTLE LOOMS AS A
BIG ISSUE IN HISTORY OF THE
TREASURE STATE OF MON
Has Program Ready
RESULTS TO BE SHOWN DURING
NOW VITAL TO FUTURE SUC
The first skirmish being over and
the line of battle assuming shape, as
good fighting men it behooves us to
go over the ground and take stock of
ourselves and our organization. We
live in stirring times, the placid days
of the pre-war period are over forever
and we now face a furure fraught
with stupendous possibilities.
Conditions change with lightning
rapidity, one day we see confronting
us what appears to be an insolvable
riddle and tomorrow it has gone for
-wesc, from the sphere of human ac
PRIVATE MONOPOLY DOOMED.
Yesterday we were held in the grip
of transportation and telegraphic mo
nopolies so vast and powerful that the
struggle against them seemed all but
vain. Today we see the beginning of
the end for such as these. But this
vast and liberating plan, this reaching
out for industrial democracy, these
first forward steps cannot be con
tinual and brought to a final tri
umphant ending without preparation,
organization and then action. Intel
ligent action skillfully directed.
INTEREST FIGHT DESPERATELY
The forces that battened upon the,
people are not content to let this new
thing go on if it can be halted. They
are organizing, too, secretly and in
the most powerful manner for an at
tack upon any administration which
shall seek to carry forward what has
already been so ably begun. And who
shall say them nay? Not the old po
litical gangsters who are their willing
slaves, not the stupid atavist who
vqtes as his father voted, not these.
LEAGUE IN THE FRONT.
That is where the Nonpartisan
league comes in. That is one of the
reasons for its existence.
A good start has already been made
in Montana, but that is the least of
the trials to be overcome, the real
.te t lies ahead.
Next November will see the league
reaching another milestone, establish
ing itself in new territory, consolidat
ing its positions, if you will, and then
we shall have but won the preliminary
rounds. The great general engage
ment lies exactly two year and six
short weeks ahead. Two years and
six short weeks in which to organize
ourselves for the final engagement.
BATTLE TO BE KEEN ONE.
Let there be no doubt about it. The
battle will be keener then, for reac
tion, angry and afraid of this new
thing, will line up for the final bout
all the forces at its command. They
are going to make a bid to turn back
'the clock and we must not let them.
Two years hence, so far as this state
is concerned, the day of trial will
come. We shall be ready to meet it if
we go about our task of preparation
intelligently, if we organize effective
ly, closely, rapidly and with full un
derstanding of what is in store.
Forward to 1920.
If You Want to Vote You Must Register;,
Take No Chances--Attend to This Today!
It is your duty to register. The ballot is the means whereby we
achieve our aims. All the objects, the desires for which we fight will
come to nothing if you do not register. You have given your money,
your work; you have helped to organize; you have come to recognize
the League as the one means to your goal.
Have you done this for nothing? Are you going to throw all this
effort away? You will if you don't register. All the splendid ma
chinery of your organization, its papers, books, speakers, organizers,
officers, will be so much wastage if you do not register.
You MUST register. Don't say you will;do it tomorrow, do it to
day. Hook up the buggy, crank the "Jit" or just walk over to the reg
ister's office-but do it!
You can't vote if you don't register!
ONE DAY IN TWO YEARS.
For 730 long days you toil to build up better conditions, to make
your life a little easier, and a trifle more comfortable. Then on the
one day in which you may make these things secure-you stay away
from the polls and refuse to cinch the thing. You wouldn't make all
arrangements to fix up a busines deal of great profit to yourself and
then go to bed and stay there, on the day appointed, would you?
Get out and register!
FORMER REGISTRATION CANCELLED.
Don't think you are on the register because you THINK you voted
last general election. You are not. There is nothing certain about it.
You may not have voted, in which case the register is instructed to
CANCEL YOUR REGISTRATION! you may be lost in the shuffle.
Your name may be overlooked. Anything might happen and some
thing generally does. Don't leave it to chance or the uncertainty of
Get out today and Register!
BOOKS CLOSE VERY SOON.
You have only a few days to register. Instanter at five p; m. Fri
day, October fourth, the clerk closes his books and it will be too late.
Don't wait until then. You have invested $16 and a lot of work in the
League. It will be wasted and the investment lost if you are too late
at the office.
Get out and do it now. REGISTER!
DISTANCE NO OBSTACLE.
If you live ten miles from the county seat you can register with the
deputy registrar. Any Notary Public or Justice of the Peace can do
it providing he is a resident of your county. Make it your business to
see him. If there is no such officer in yourprecinct, get busy and have
one appointed. Don't wait. .Take your wife and any other electors you
may have around and hike to the registration office.
REGISTER? YOU CAN'T VOTE IF YOU DON'T!
KEPT PRESS SEES MENANCE
TO VESTED INTERESTS IN
HELENA INDEPENDENT AND OTHER MONTANA PUBLICATIONS
SEE HANDWRITING ON THE WALL AND URGE KOPPER
KROWD TO START BATTLE AGAINST FARMERS AGAIN
PEOPLE HAVE NOMINATED OVER 50 AS CANDIDATES FOR
Exact returns of the primary election in Montana are not available,
the official canvass not yet having been forwarded to this office. Nev
ertheless the indicated strength which the Nonpartisan league will wield
when next the Montana Solons meet is such as to cause a great deal of
uneasiness in the camp of the copper clans.
The old gang is alarmed and very uncomfortagle. They begin to feel
the ground slipping from under their feet and have been momentarily
jolted into admitting the fact. Thus the Helena Independent, whose pol
icy has been one of the utmost hostility, which last spring advised the
farmers through its editorial columns to "Smash the Nonpartisan Organ
izer in the Face" finds itself compelled to utter a solemn warning to the
copper forces that the above tatics have come home to roost. In order to
drive home its point it tabulates the League nominees, not seeking in any
way to minimize the weight of the blow but rather striving to direct the
gaze of the copper henchmen to the handwriting on the wall.
FOR STATE SENATORIAL
Broadwater ......Homer Thompson
Cascade ..........J. H. Morehead
Chouteau ...........P. J. Wallace
Fallon ........ J. H. Bergstrom
Jefferson ...........D. P. Fabrick
Madison .............C. S. Oliver
Mineral ...........R. S. Wilkinson
Richland ...........J. W. Anderson
Sanders .............J. F. McKay
Stillwater ...........J. H. Leuthold
Teton ................C. C. Davis
Toole ...................W. Bourke
Valley .................A. U. Sand
Wibeaux ..............Art Jeffers
Broadwater .......... W. D. Neild
Big Horn ...............N. Ottum
Cascade .............Mike Holland
(Continued on Page Four)
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4 will find himself up against it." 4
Don't Forget to Register! S
OREGON PRESS STARTS
FIHT ON FARMERS AS
ELECTION APPROACHES t
REPUBLICAN PAPER CALLS ON F
DEMOCRATS TO HELP DEFEAT I
PEOPLE'S CANDIDATES AND
PLATFORM - USE SUBTER
Quite recently the Portland Ore- a
gonian in reply to a correspondent d
who sought advise as to what his C
action should be as a good patriot
and a party man at the same time,
thrust aside a life long habit and in- v
dulged in a little subterfuge. With c
sententious gravity-behind which v
one senses a grin-the Oregonian pro- d
ceeds to expound its reply, in the
first part of which it makes the re
markable admission that
"If it is learned or fairly be
lieved that the substitntion of a
democrat, for either senator or a
representative, will the more 1
effectively contribute to the re
suit-winning the war-desired c
by every loyal citizen, let him t
vote for the democrat."
GOOD LEAGUE DOCTRINE d
Now this is good Nonpartisan doc
trine and for the application of this d
principle to the political life of this
nation, the League came into exist- "
. ance and continues to flourish. The t
League is not in any way concerned
as to the political pennant under
which a candidate may march, but
we are vitally interested in what cali
bre man he is and to what extent he
is prepared to translate pre-election
promises into dynamic processes.
ONLY GOOD MEN WANTED
Is he prepared to or for that matter
fitted to champion the cause of the
producing masses against the privi
I leged few? For the Nonpartisan
E league political label is of no sig- i
nificance, it is the manner of man and i
i his ways, which engages all our at
HERE YOU HAVE IT.
Thus far, it would seem to the un
thinking, the Oregonian is in accord
with the League but that would be
a grave mistake for a little further
down perusal of the editorial under
question brings us to this.
"Be sure that your judgment
is controlled wholly by public
and not partisan considerations.
It is well enough to be suspic
ious of any candidate who has
flirted with the Nonpartisan
league, for example, and who has
quite busy trying to secure for
it a footing in Oregon."
Now the Oregonian is a republican
paper, and has been for years, in view
(Continued on Page Two)
IDAHO GANG IN
ORGANIZED COUNTIES SHOW
STRENGTH BY THREE TO ONE
VOTE - GRANGE SUPPORTS
SUGAR INTERESTS DEFEATED
TOWN VOTE IS STRONG RE
BUKE TO POWER COMPANY
TACTICS IN IDAHO ELECTION
The Nonpartisan league's big win
ning in the primary election, the first
in which it ever participated in Idaho,
while not fully measured at yet, owing
to failure of election boards to give
out the count, was indicated in special
dispatches from widely separated
points before the ballot boxes were
sealed and forwarded to the county
Fourteen out of 24 preceincts in
Bonneville county gave Samuels,
League candidate, 315, Martin 290,
and Van Sicklin 132. The remainder
of the precincts were far out in the
country and it was reported there
was a very light vote of farmers,
due to the pressure of farm work. It
was estimated at Idaho Falls, the
county seat, that the other precincts
would give returns in the same or
3 TO 1 FOR LEAGUE.
In Power county, five precincts out
of sixteen counted, gave Samuels 197,
Van Sicklin 27, and Martin 40, Sam
uels' vote being thus nearly three to
one against his combined opponents.
In this same county Nugent got 177
and Hawley 48; Jeppesen, League
candidate for congress, 124, while his
two opponents polled, Holden 53, and
Langton 28. Other League candi
dates also followed Samuels' and
Jeppesen's lead: Zuck, League can
didate for lieutenant governor, 128;
his combined opponents 100. For
other state offices in Power county
the vote was: Secretary of State,
Fife (League) 139, Dougherty 83;
state auditor, Rice (League) 128,
Van Deusen, 45; attorney general,
Cummings (League) 137, Walters,
82; state mine inspector, Smith
(League) 156, Schwerd 99; while the
League candidate for state senate was
estimated three to one ahead of his
SUGAR INTERESTS DEFEATED
In Bingham county with ten pre
cincts counted, (balance unknown)
including the county seat vote, Sam
uels had 306, Martin 122, and Van
Sicklin 64. This is one of the coun
ties where the sugar interests fought
the League bitterly.
An overwhelming League vote was
polled in Twin Falls county and in
the city of Twin Falls itself, where
an alleged "patriotic" organization
had somenic weeks ago attempted to en
gineer a fight against the League.
ALL CANDIDATES LEADING
Seventeen precincts (including the
city of Twin Falls) out of twenty-six
precincts in the county, gave Samuels
943, Van Sicklin 263, and Martin
438, Samuels' majority over his com
bined opponents being 242 votes. The
same precincts gave Nugent 1418 and
Hawley 563. A special press dispatch
from Twin Falls to the Idaho Leader
declared that other League candi-