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EDITORIAL PAGE OF MONTANA LEADER, SEPTEMBER 21, 1918
A CONTINUATION OF THE INVERNESS NEWS.
A NON-PARTISAN PUBLICATION
Published Weekly at Great Falls, Montana by the Montana Leader.
Entered as second cla.s matter, September 1, 1917 at Inverness, Mon
tana, under the act of March 3, 1879
Place of Publication transferred to Great Falls, Sept. 7, 1918.
PUBLISHED EVERY SATURDAY ONE DOLLAR PER YEAR
All communications should be addressed to the Montana Leader, Box
1625, Great Falls, Montana. The Montana Leader will accept advertise
ments of reliable firms' desiring to do business with the people of Mon
tana. Advertising rates will be furnished on application.
BUY LIBERTY BONDS
It is the duty and privilege of every resident of Montana to buy Liberty
Bonds of the fourth issue this month. A certain amount will be set aside
for the state and it is the sincere hope of the Montana Leader that that
figure will be oversubscribed by a huge sum.
Some of us will be called upon to take more than we did in the last call
because there are many who cannot take as much as they did then on ac
count of the crop failures in various parts of the state.
There are surely but few in the state who cannot at least buy one bond.
The payments are arranged so that they are easy to make. Make up your
mind that you are going to get in the game and get in early. Then figure
out the most you can take according to your circumstances, then take a long
breath and double that amount and then get out and dig up the money to
pay for the bonds as they become due.
It is little enough for us who remain at home to do. Just to loan money
to Uncle Sam at a good rate of interest with the best of security. If you
think it is going to be hard for you to spare the money to invest in a bond
just stop and think what it means to the boys of Montana who are over
there facing the hell of the German fire. They do not hesitate and figure
out what they can do or what Is possible for them to do when they start
over the top.
They just say, "Here it is, all I've got, my life." Think that over and
you will feel pretty mean if you stop and haggle over a few sacrifices you
may have to make in order to buy abond.
Buy a bond and buy it soon. Don't make the solicitors 'nok you up and
argue about it. Get in the game and help the boys over there.
The Butte Miner is nothing if not frank. This apologist for the copper
crowd says, without qualification, that every candidate for the legislature
who is indorsed by the farmers' organization in this state have "opposed
conscription and bond issues * " * have consistently upheld Germany's
hands in the United States and have striven to divert the minds of our
people from the main business of winning the war."
Of course it is to be expected that the Miner will insist that it is not the
members of the Nonpartisan league whom they are attacking but "the
leaders." They probably have their lesson well learned from the papers
in Minnesota, where the League has been attacked by all the hirelings of
big business. Down there, you know, they tell about what a great organ
isation the Nonpartisan league is-but--"those leaders." There is no
horrible punishment to which they should not be subjected, according to
the Kept Press, for getting the farmers to organize and make a fight for
their rights. Then they plan and connive to get control of the League that
they may draw its teeth and make it just a harmless little social organiza
tion where the members take their directions from the puppets of the
But to get back to the Butte Miner. The editor quotes a plank from the
platform of the Republican party adopted at the recent meeting in Helena.
The particular plank is as follows:
We condemn in unmeasured terms the actions of those socialistic
and I. W. W. elements of our population who have opposed conscrip
tion and bond issues, who have consistently upheld Germany's hands
in the United States and have striven, by fomenting class hatred and
class war, to divert the minds of our people from the main business of
winning the war. We warn the farmers and laboring men of our state
to be on their guard aganst such malign influences, and to regard any
man who seeks to array one class against another as an enemy of his
Commenting on the plank quoted above, the Miner says in part:
"Of course, this arraignment covers the Nonpartisan league in every
And then, further along in this astonishing editorial effort, the writer
warns the public against men running under the indorsement of the Non
partisan league as follows:
"If all republican voters follow the plank of the platform quoted above,
they will not support any League candidate for office who may be running
upon their party ticket."
The effort of the Miner is not even a bungling of the truth. Their
charges against the famners' organization are absolute lies, as any one
interested enough to inquire will easily discover.
The League has not opposed conscription, it has not opposed the sale of
Liberty bonds and it has not striven to uphold Germany's hands in the
United States and it has not attempted to divert the minds of the people
from the big issue of winning the war.
Nonpartisan league speakers everywhere have urged their audiences
to support the government and the administration to the limit that the
war might be won quickly and decisively, the League has aided in
every way possible all sorts of war measures, League papers have de
voted thousands of columns to boosting Liberty bonds, Red Cross r
work, Y. M. C. A. and Knights of Columbus subscriptions and other f
war activities and workers and writers by the score have volunteered t
their services in the army and navy.
Papers such as the Butte Miner and others of their ilk have not the
slightest regard for the truth, at least when speaking of the Nonpartisan
league. They have what they consider a good reason.
The truth in the case would show that the Nonpartisan league is a
patriotic organization, that its work is given the hearty support of the
government and that those officials in charge of winning the war, and
who are not actuated by political considerations, are appreciative of
the assistance this great farmers' organization is giving Uncle Sam
in this time of need.
The copper crowd paper thus brands every candidate of the League and
every member of the organization as a pro-German. They say that the
thousands of men and women of the state who are backing the program
of the League are all disloyal and against the best interests of their coun
try, their homes and their fiamihes.
This direct insult, the most terrible one possible to inflict upon any per
son or class of persons, will have its effect in the November election in
Montana, as it has had in previous elections in other states. The people
will arise in their might and show these traducers of their character where
the truth lies. They will take charge of the government of the state and
demonstrate in no feeble manner that the great Treasure State of Montana
is not where the Butte Miner and other publications of their ilk would
place them. but in the forefront of the loyal states of the Republic,
anxious, willing and capable of doing their share--and more-in winning
the war that the world may be made safe for democracy and that the
United States also be saved for the common people.
Equal rights for all is the slogan of the farmers and workers who are
backing the Nonpartisan league to win.
HEED THE WARNING
The action which has been taken by the various county conventions held
by the Nonpartisan league during the past weeks in calling for the re-en
rollment of old members and a vigorous canvass for new members should
be heeded by the farmers who are interested in this great organization.
The plans which have been worked out are many in their objects. One
is to get the old members to re-enroll at as little expense as possible and
another is to complete the organization where it has been started and to
work in some of the new counties where but little work has been done up
to the present time. The matter of expense is a big problem. The old
members are asked to send in their memberships without personal solici
tati'on. If this is done it will mean many thousands of dollars available
for the campaign which is to be waged before the fall election and during
the two years before the elections of 1920.
The forces fighting the farmers' organization have unlimited funds at
their call and will undoubtedly use them with a lavish hand in an effort
to defeat the labor-farmer indorsed candidates. So, if you send in your
membership fee without the organization having to go to the expense of
sending a man to see you, you will have done that much more toward
assuring a sweeping victory at the polls.
Let every member send in his fee and then get some neighbor to do the
same. In oranization there is the strength that we need to win.
Both of the old line political parties in the state of Montana have held
their pre-eleetion meetings, adopted platforms and gone their respective
ways in the hopes that the voters will fall for their glittering promises and
again boost them into power so that they can continue to wax fat off the
However, poltical platforms are not as easily put over as was the case
before the advent of the Nonpartisan league into the politics of the state
and the nation. The League leaders appear to have a sort of an idea that
the promises made to the people when their votes are asked for should be
kept. That the principles which are advocated should really be put into
practice and that after all the people are the ones who should rule.
And then the League platforms have been different from those of the
old parties in other ways. They have advocated the things that the people
need and that they want. It is apparent that the Republicans and the
Democrats have also come to believe that the old promises cannot get the
votes again and so they are making new promises. Remember we say
They have adopted many of the planks which originally appeared in the
Nonpartisan league platform. They are evidently going on the theory that
it will be all right to promise the people these things and possibly even to
let them have them. But do not forget that they are making every effort
to keep on the throne. If you insist on having terminal elevators and
warehouses, if you want state hail insurance and if you want state-owned
telephone lines operated at cost and if you want other things, the old
parties tell you that they will give them to you and will administer the
law if you will only give them a chance again.
But the farmers have aroused themselves and are going to not only have
these things they have asked for but they are going to put men in charge
of them who will see that no favorites are played. They are not going to
allow the old gang to work their games any more. They are going to cease
placing confidence in the promises of the political gangsters and are going
to take a hand in affairs themselves.
They will accept the program of the Nonpartisan league because they
know that those promises will be kept, they know that they are running the
thing themselves and that they are going to have a chance to make it go
and go right.
The efforts of the Republican and Democratic state central committees
to gather in the votes of the farmers by incorporating in their platform
planks from the declaration of the principles of the Nonpartisan league
will avail them nothing.
The producers and consumers of the great state of Montana are going
to stick and win in the November election.
CHOICE BETWEEN TWO
The officer was lecturing the new
recruits on the preventive measure
for gas attacks'and the necessity for
the smart adjustment of helmets.
"Remember,' he said, "there are only
two classes when the gas alarm is
sounded-the quick and the dead."
DURING WAR TIMES
FIRST PROFITEER-"He called
me a pious fraud."
SECOND PROFITEER - "Well,
FIRST PROFITEER - "Not on
your government contracts! Now
adays I'm a patriotic one."
GET COIN FROM
When J. P. Morgan, the elder, died
his executors found to their surprise
that he had left more than a million
dollars in bogus securities in his
vault. This shrewd financier had been
duped by blue sky promoters just as
has many a poorer man. Morgan's
case merely shows that when the big
ones fall they fall hard.
The same thing turns out to be true
in the instance of a group of St. Paul
and Minneapolis millionaires. Ever
since the Nonpartisan league started,
these barons in the steel, flour, meat,
lumber, grain and other mammoth in
dustries have been fighting the or
ganized farmers. It now develops
that they have been pouring their
money into a rat hole.
SOME EASY MARKS
These big business men are shown
to be the real suckers in some corre.
spondence that is being printed in tht
Nonpartisan Leader. They, and not
the farmers, appear the victims of
unscrupulous agitators. The confi
dential letters were exchanged be
tween publicity sharks who edited the
defunct magazine, "One the Square.'
They are F. G. R. Gordon and H. M.
Van Hoesen. These men for the last
year have played the part of agi.
tators, calling on corporation presi
dents and scaring them into fits over
the aims of the Nonpartisan farmers.
Having aroused the fears of the
profiteers over the danger of public
ownership ending some of their graft,
this pair would then set about raising
huge publicity funds. They woulc'
get out expensive pamphlets attack
ing the League and mail them to
farmers. The more they could scarn
the profiteers, the more profit for
these agitators. Their correspondenc,.
shows clearly that the downfall of the,
League was the last thing in the
world they desired. For if the League
were defeated, they would be out ol'
a job fighting it.
The revelations in the Norfil"lt
Leader of this secret correspondence
between Gordon and Van Hoeseui
name the millionaires who were
milked for funds to fight the farmers.
An ordinary citizen's business stand
ing would be seriously impaired by
having fallen for this scheme. B.u
if you are rich enough, you do no,:
have to show even common gumption.
League Lecturer Is
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and patriotism to entrust him with
the duty of teaching to his comrade;
the higher meaning of patriotism,
loyalty and democracy.
AND HE GOT THE FOUNDA
TION FOR HIS LEARNING FROM
THE TRAINING HE RECEIVEp)
AS A SPEAKER FOR THE NON
Leo has found his job and is mak
ing more than good. He has the re.
spect of the army officers the same
as he had that of the men with whome
he was working for the farmers' or
ganization and the same as he has of
the peonle where he is best known.
The Kept Press and the agents of
Big Business will learn in time, pos.
sibly, that chickens sure do coma
home to roost.
PROSPERITY FOR WEST
If the South Dakota state packin::
plant is located in Mitchell it will
mean the addition of from 2,500 to
5,000 people to the population of
Mitchell. It will mean the addition
of from $500,000 to $1,000,000 in the
annual income of the business institu
tions of Mitchell. In the wake of sucah
an institution various other enter.
prises would be developed here.-
Mitchell (S. D.) Republican.
Approximately 100,000 additional
acres in North Dakota have been
planted as a result of the state coun
cil's order conscripting idle land.-
Bismarck Public Opinion.