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A CALL TO REORGANIZE FOR 1920
CONVENTIONS JUST HELD IN VARIOUS PARTS OF STATE HAVE ORDERED REORGANIZATION WORK TO BEGIN AT ONCE
Two years have now elapsed since
the Nonpartisan league began organ.
izing in Montana and we now have
over 25,000 paid memberships in the
state. This alone is a tremendous
force, but it is only the beginning of
the end of corporate rule in the state.
August 27 was the first test of
strength. Most of you know to what
extent we were victorious. In coun
ties where we were 100 per cent or
ganized we made a clean sweep of
every office in the county; where we
were but 50 per cent organized we
gained partial victories and where we
were not organized at all we were
The farmers are not essentially
different in any part of the state,
and the lesson that we learned is that
we must think organization, talk or
ganization and work continually for
organization. Without organization
we are at the mercy of the copper
company and other corporate inter.
ests, but with a complete organiza
tion we are all powerful, as the re
suits at the recent primary election
Montana is a large state, in fact, it
is as large as the states of North and
South Dakota combined, and it is very
mountainous and broken and in many
sections but sparsely settled. This
makes it very costly to organize by
sending men to you individually. In
fact, it often costs more than $16 to
secure a single member. Again con
ditions arising due to the war add to
the difficulties. The government has
called a large number of our organ
izers to the colors and many others
have been called back to the farm from
which they came to enter the work,
and this leaves us with insufficient
man power to complete the work in
unorganized territory and push the
work in other states and at the same
time cover the organized territory for
the next period of enrollment. Even
were it possible to secure a sufficient
number of organizers, we are in no
sense justified in putting the organ
ization to the tremendous expense of
paying organizers to take the re-en
rollment of members when it can be
In view of these facts, we are go
ing to save this great cost in money
t d me.- by allowing you to re-enroll
r the next enrollment period, begin
ning Dec. 1, 1918 and ending Jan. 1,
1921, by filling in the accompanying
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 dlays 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!
FORMERi 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. Instantor at five p. m. Fri
dlay, 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!
blank and sending it to the state of
fice at Great Falls, Mont., with a
cash check for $16. The receipt and
membership certificate will be im
mediately mailed to you and will be
for the full time above stated. In
case you cannot send cash, send us a
post-dated check dated ahead for as
OUT THIS OUT AND SEND IT IN
National Nonpartisan League,
P. O. Box 1625,
. Great Falls, Montana.
Inclosed please find $16 in payment for my membership to Jan
uary 1, 1921, and subscription to the Montana Leader and Nonparti
san Leader for two years.
N A M E ........................................... ...............................................................
SECTION ............... .... TOW NSHIP...................... RANGE......................
PLEASE GIVE YOUR NAME AS IT NOW APPEARS ON LEADER:
SECTION...................... TOW NSHIP...... ............... RANGE......................
SECTION........................ TOW N SHIP...................... RANGE....................
NUMBER OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP CERTIFICATE.....................
NAME OF ORGANIZER WHO SECURED YOUR MEMBERSHIP:
IMPORTANT NOTICE-In many cases members sign their full
names at some times and sign their initials at other times. In other
:ases members have changeJ postoffice addresses since joining or have
moved to another section, township or range. To avoid all mistakes,
fill out the above blank, giving your name just as it appears on ad
dress label of your Leader, and your OLD address, if you have moved.
short a time as possible.
The men who voluntarily send us
their membership fee are listed in
this office as boosters. Our experi
ence has shown us that the men who
voluntarily send in their memberships
are invariably the strong men in their
;community and can be depended upon
BRADLEY TO TELL RESIDENTS
OF CARBON AND JOLIET
COUNTIES OF WORK AND AIMS
OF NONPARTISAN LEAGUE.
T. W. Bradley will speak at the fol
lowing places on dates gives below.
All Leaguers should make a point of
handing these dates to those who are
not yet members or who do not un
derstand the League principles.
We have but two years to make
the conquest of this state complete.
It is up to you to do all in your power
to accomplish this. Here are the
Oct. 10, Thursday, 8 p. m.-Cow
Creek school house, 10 miles south
east of Columbus, Carbon county.
Oct. 11, Friday, at 8 p. m.-Chap
pell school house, distrlet 64, near
Joliet, Carbon county.
Oct. 12, Saturday, at 8 p. m.-Joliet
TO THE CREDIT OF COURTS
We are glad to see that the Minne
sota supreme court has recently re
versed the decision of the lower court
against Townley and Gilbert of the
Nonpartisan league, who were
charged with violating the alien and
sedition law by eIrmclatIng League
literature. This judgment is not only
a rebuke to a particular piece of po
litical persecution, but is a welcome
defense of free diseussion at a crit
ical time.-The World Tomorrow
The United State Chamber of
Commerce has come to the defense of
the Packers and is demanding that
President Wilson lle the federal
trade commission. Lgitimhate busi
ness men would do well not to pull
the plutocrats' chestn0ts out of the
in any emergency.
For your information we might
state that there has scarcely been
cash enough collected in the north
half of the state to pay the commis
sions and to buy cars, gasoline and
tires. This, of course, leaves nothing
for campaign expenses.
IT BECOMES YOUR DUTY TO
SEND IN YOUR MEMBERSHIP
FOR THE PERIOD ENDING JAN.
1, 1921, WITHOUT DELAY AND
THEREBY HELP YOUR ORGAN
IZATION TO SAVE FROM $4 TO $6
ON THE OOST OF SECURING
YOUR RE-ENROLLMENT SO THAT
THIS AMOUNT MAY BE USED AS
A CAMPAIGN FUND.
In North Dakota the farmers sent
in their memberships for reorganiza
tion and allowed us to use this saving
on organizers' commissions to help
finance the work in Montana and
other states. A few members who
neglected to send in their member
ships were called upon by a commit
tee of farmers authorized by the
members of the precinct committee
to do so and in that way the work of
reorganization was automatically
done by the members themselves.
This released a large number of men
and cars to work in other states and
to push the work in unorganized terri
Territory once organized must
automatically take care of the reor
ganization work. or we can never
hope to extend the organization to all
the states of the Union.
Begin just as soon as you read this
notice. Send in your membership so
that your name will be among the
first to re-enroll for the next period.
Only as you learn to talk, work
and finance your own, organization,
and thereby own and control it, can
you hope to succeed. North Dakota
and Idaho have swept their states
clean. Minnesota will do so this fall
and Montana will follow in their foot
steps two years from now.
SO START THE, BIG BATTLE
FOR 1920 BY SENDING IN YOUR
MEMBERSHIP JUST AS SOON AS
YOU READ THIS CALL.
That will be equivalent to firing
the first gun of 1920 for Liberty and
Democracy at Home.
When you have sent in your own
re-enrollment application, see that
your neighbor has done the same.
If the farmers are wise, they will
discontinue such papers as are class
ing them as traitors to this govern
ment, bausing them for having inde
pendent ideas, and take only papers
that will treat them with respect and
consideration.-Lincoln (Neb.) Her
HELENA.-The official count of
the state primary of Aug. 27, as com
pleted by the state board of can
vassers, gives these results:
United States senator-Republican.
Lanstrum 18,805; Parsons 5.878;
Nichols 3.443; Rankin 17,091.
Congress, First district-Republic
ans. Kane 4.982; Linderman 10,546.
Democrats, Evans 13.804; McDonald
Congress, Second district-Repub
licans, Riddick 10.786; Moore 8,070;
Linebarger 4,875. Democrats. Mitch
Supreme court--Democrats. Mat
thews 9,949; Sanner 9,810; McCul
loch 9,104. Republican. Cooper 35,
ans, Dennis 21,289; Penney 16,239;
Democrats. Hall 14.203; Merrilies
5,493; Scott 8,522.
State auditor-Republican, Porter
34,622. Democrat. Poland 24,694.
Judge in the Second judicial dis
trict--Republican. Cavanaugh 2,682.
Democrat, Lamb 5,532.
Judge of the Tenth judicial district
-Republican, Von Tobel 1,045. Dem
ocrat, Briscoe 1.380.
Judge of the Fifteenth judicial dis
trict-Jones, no opponent.
Judge of the Eighteenth judicial
district-Republican. Hammon 1,191;
O'Keefe 1,091. Democrat, Rhoades
GEN. LIGGETI WRITES
LE[[ER TO WALLACE`
ARMY OFFICER WARMLY COM.
MENDS STAND OF NEXT SEN.
ATOR FROM CHOUTEAU COUN
Apropos of the vehement disclaim
ers as to their loyalty which the old
gang claim to have a monopoly on,
how's this? P. J. Wallace walked
into the office the other day and
began his usual genial tirade about
our many failings. P. J. has a knack
of landing on a fellow and gently but
forcibly showing him where the next
turn in the road leads to. P. J. got
our goat and in the heat of the con
cluding stanzas we got wise to the
following, it took some prodding to
get it out of him, but here it is.
Headquarters Western Department
16th August, 1917.
From: Department Adjutant,
To: Mr. Patrick J. Wallace.
Subject: Notice of non-acceptance
for Second Series Reserve Officers'
1. Your application for admission
to the second series of Reserve Offi
cers' Training Camps has been trans
mitted these headquarters by the ex
amining officer charged with select
ing the quota of your State, and you
are informed that you were not ac
cepted for attendance at the Second
Presidio Reserve Officers' Training
Camp commencing August 27, 1917,
and that you have incurred no obli
gation for service in this connection.
2. It may be of interest to state
that in the Western Department some
eight thousand made application,
while only fourteen hundred and
forty could be authorized to attend
the second training camp.
The Department Commander takes
this occasion to convey to you the
War Department's appreciation of
your loyalty and patriotism in
making application for this War
Service, and to thank you for the de
sire you have shown to serve your
By command of Major General
(Signed) M. W. ROWELL,
Lieutenant Colonel, Cavalry, D. I. L.,
I Asst. to Department Adjutant.
JUST ANOIHER LIE
NAILED BY LEAGUE
CORPORATION ATTORNEY AD
MITS STORY OF TOWNLEY
HOLDING OUT ON LEAGUE FI
NANCES IS WITHOUT FOUN
During the summer of 1917 a story
was circulated in North Dakota, Min
nesota and other states to the effect
that a woman giving the name of
Mrs. Blanche Staake had made an af
fidavit in which she is alleged to have
said that Mrs. A. C. Townley, wife
of the president of the Nonpartisan
league, had made the remark that
she (Mrs. Townley) had deposited
$60,000 in a Detroit, Minn., bank.
This story was used by the enemies
of the Nonpartisan league in an ef
fort to show that A. C. Townley, the
president, was piling up a huge for
tune out of the fees paid by the farm
ers into their organization. An in
vestigation made by the Courier-News
of Fargo, North Dakota, proved the
fact that neither Mrs. Townley, Pres
idlent Townley, nor the Nonpartisan
league, or any one connected with the
League had ever had any money in
any of the three hanks in Detroit.
Mrs. Townlhy on the witness stand
denied that she had ever made any of
the statements attributed to her.
Attorney P. C. Murphy, who is rep
resenting the creditors in the Town
ley bankruptcy hearings, read the af
fidavit in court the other day in
Fargo. but upon being questioned by
the court stated that he had made in
quiry at Detroit and found that' there
had never been any such deposits as
This is just another example of the
tactics employed by those men and
business interests busy in an effort to
exterminate the League and its work.
The petition in bankruptcy was
filed by Mr. Townley a year ago as
the result of f'ailure in a large flax
crop in the western part of North
"We are at the me:rcy of the secre
tary of war," groans the aged Senator
Nelson of alinne ota. Would he rather
be at thi in.rn y of the (;cer1 a .