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BE YOUR OWN REORGANIZER
CONVENTIONS JUST HELD IN VARIOUS PARTS OF STATE HAVE ORDERED REORGANIZATION WORK TO BEGIN AT ONCE
In last week's issue of the Leader,
we pointed out to you that by doing t
your own re-enrolling, you would ef
feet a great saving in expense, time,
and men. SO FAR AS THE ITEM i
OF MEN IS CONCERNED, THEY
ARE NOT AVAILABLE. There is
not a sufficient number obtainable, I
even for the unorganized territory in
the state, to say nothing of the organ
ized sections. THE MEMBERS
THEMSELVES M UST THERE
FORE DO THIS WORK. They can
do it, if they will, and the "will"
rests upon incentive.
Have you an incentive, a purpose,
in accomplishing this reorganization?
When you put in your field in the
spring, you have a purpose, an in
centive. It is the harvesting of a
crop in the fall. During, the past
year and a half or two, education and
organization of the farmers has been
going on, but the work is not com
plete, as was shown in the fact that
the farmers in some of the counties
did not win in the recent primaries.
The final political harvest comes
on Nov. 5. What shall it be? Just
enough to pay for the seed or shall
it be a bounteous crop that will in
sure the possibility of bringing bet
ter conditions to the farmer, the far
mer's wife and the farmer's children
in the days to some? Is not that an
incentive, a purpose, that is worth
some effort or even sacrifice?
The majority of you are making
tremenduous sacrifices today to satis
fy the demands of your exploiters,
TIlE FELLOWS WHO ARE FIGHT
ING YOUR ORGANIZATION, and
telling you not to organize until af
ter the war, and that doing so, is to
array class against class. They recog
nize the existence of classes, but they
don't want you to make that distine
They want you to think that they
and you are in the same class, with
Now, 'if you want a big victory on
Nov. 5, you will need to get into the
harness and work. PRACTICALLY
EVERY COUNTY IN THE STATE
HAS LEAGUE CANDIDATES, you
have therefore something to work
for. To put these over, means the
curbing of the "old gang", and the
-picing of laws that will be more
nearly in the interest of the farmers
and the worker--the producers of all
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. Instantor 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!
What can you do to accomplish
this? Several things.
First: You can fill out the accom
panying enrollment blank and send
it to this office at once, together
with your membership fee of $16.00.
i This will mean added funds for the
purpose of carrying on a successful
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
nary 1, 1921, and subscription to the Montana Leader and Nonparti
san Leader for two years.
N A M E ............................ ...............
ADDRESS ........................................ ......................................
SECTION ...................... TOW NSHIP..................... RANGE......................
PLEASE GIVE YOUR NAME AS IT NOW APPEARS ON LEADER:
SECTION ..................... TOW NSHIP...................... RANGE......................
SECTION ........................ TOWNSHIP...................... RANGE......................
NUMBER OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP CERTIFICATE.................
NAME OF ORGANIZER WHO SEQURED 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 changed 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.
campaign next month, without which
it. will be difficult to accomplish the
purposes of the League farmers.
Postdated checks will be accepted if
you cannot pay cash, but they will
not help much in the coming cam
Second: YOU CAN SEE THAT
WAIL OF OLD GANG
OVER PRIMARY LAW
PROGRESSIVES OF SESSION
1917 MAY SMILE--OLD GANG I
DEFEATED AMENDMENT TO 1
PRIMARY LAW-NOW WISH
The copper press continues to I
howl about the terrible primary law.
And what a huge joke the whole
thing is. What can be the matter
now? It was only a few months ago, I
at the 1917 session to be exact, that 1
the progressives in the state legisla
ture were overwhelmingly defeated
in an effort to amend the very thing
which now gives the old gang such
a spasm. In those days their hench
men fulminated against the proposed
amendment, they described it as un
warranted and against the best inter
ests of the people of Montana. They
were particularly aggrieved that
any one should seek to change the
date of holding the primaries from
the middle of harvest to a time more
convenient for farmers, 'they were
sure that the farmers did not want
any such thing to happen. They
voted against the amendment to a
man. Now behold the change. The
primaries can no longer be used to
their own ends; the farmers and
wage workers, thru their own polit
ical organization, the Nonpartisan
league, have turned the trick upon
the tricksters, and what a howl there
is! Well, they had their chance
when the matter was up for amend
ment and they chose at once again to
suppress the expressed wishes of the
people so they must reap the reward,
and they are going to get it. To mix
a metaphor, they cast their bread
upon the waters and it came home to
roost. Let them take heart, how
ever. The Nonpartisan league also
looks upon the present law as not
altogether what it should be and will
alter it, not by enmeshing it in ob
scurities and obstructions, but by
YOU AND YOUR WIFE AND YOUR Tr
NEIGHBORS ARE REGISTERED,
so that it will be possible to vote on
Nov. 5. Failure to observe this pre- to
I liminary step, will defeat our purpose w
in November. To the end that this r
registration may be complete and
that no one may escape, you should ui
see that meetings of your neighbors ,"
are held, and that a notary is brought v
to these meetings to register such m
persons as are not already register- gi
ed. Also see that the delegates in k,
the various precincts are made dep
uty registrars, and then see that they R
are taken from farmer to farmer, ,
until every one has been reached. oi
Do you realize the importance of this? ri
Third: See that a campaign com-r.
mittee is organized in every precinct. ,
for the purpose of having this work b,
done thoroughly and planning the .i
campaign at once, and to carry it on m
when it opens the middle of next f,
month. This is very important. If c'
the plans are carefully made, IT WILL v
BE POSSIBLE TO CARRY THE s
WORK THROUGH SMOOTHLY 'l
and without friction, and all energy D
concentrated on the one thing, that ci
of educating the voters, so that they u
will vote in their own interest on a
Nov. 5. ti
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HER SERVICE FLAG U
(Detroit News) h
"You bet I have a service flag," s
Said Farmerette Miss Nan.
"A million freckles, more or less, 9
Upon a field of tan." e
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Winning the war is our first busi- h
ness. It can be carried on more ef- C
fectively if the farmers are organ- t
ized, the same as every one else. The n
way to get results is through organ- 1+
ization.-Gunnison (Colo.) Empire. b
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The height of munificence was the .
refusal of the Arkansas republicans ,
to put up a fight, as they did not r
have a ghost of a chance. Now we r
may expect the old gang in North |
Dakota to concede Governor Frazier's
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Writing in the Wall Street Journal, L
B. C. Forbes speaks of "the battles of ~
big business." So there is such a
thing as Big Biz after all, in spite of
the fact that the Nonpartisan league [
writing such an act as shall make
the machinery of election as free and
accessible as is humanely possible.
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WRITE MORE LETTERS
Scores of League members over the
state have responded to the invita
tion to write letters to the editor of
the Montana Leader, but we still
want more of them. They will be the
best part of the publication as soon
as we have increased the size in order
to print them.
Owing to the limited amount of
room in the paper at the present
time, there is little chance to print
the letters, but as soon as the space
will warrant we have a number of
fine letters for publication.
The letter should be short, should
deal with matters and problems in
connection with the Nonpartisan
league and its work and should be ad
dressed to "The Montana Leader,
Postoffice Box 1625, Great Falls,
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LEAGUE SERVICE FLAG
The large number of letters being
received by the Montana Leader tell
ing of members of the Nonpartisan
league and their relatives who are in
the army and navy of the United
States indicates that the rural com
munities of the state have done their
bit in helping Uncle Sam fight the
battles of democracy in France.
While hundreds of names have been
sent in, we are not sure they have not
all been represented and we are ex
tending the time for information a
little longer. Now is the time to get
busy if you want your son's name or
the name of some other relative to
have a place in the Nonpartisan
league service flag for the state of
Montana. Just send a letter or a pos
tal card to "The Montana Leader,
Postoffice Box 1625, Great Falls,
Mont.," and give the names of the
parties in service and which branch
of the service they belong to and
they will be given credit on the serv
ice flag to be made as soon as all the
information is received.
OF MISS RANKIN
To the Editor of the Montana Leader,
Great Falls, Mont.
Will you kindly give space to the
following communication, relating to
what the women of Butte think of
Miss Rankin and the terrible misrep
resentation of her by our press.
That Miss Rankin was prevailed
upon to run for election was hailed
with joy by her many strong adher
ents in our city,, because we know her
worth, her fearlessness and her deter
mined stand for whatever is right and
good for the common people as no
other women in the state can possibly
It is because of the interest Miss
Rankin took in the sufferings of the
miners' families that she caiae to us
in answer to urgent calls for help in
our troubles of last year. Our women
realize that she has proven her ability
to really represent the laboring peo
ple in our national congress. The mis
representation of this noble woman
by our press, whose unpardonable
fault tin their eyes) is her defense of
the laboring people, has been so un
mannerly, untrue, unfair, as to call
for condemnation fromn every citizen of
The newspapers which are especially
vicious in attacking .liss Itankin
seem to proceed on the theory that a
lie repeated often enough assulmes the
proportions of truth in the end. and
has the same effect, and many of our
citizens, men as well as wonmen, have
unthinkingly fallen into this vile trap
and it is in an effort to eradicate some
of the poison of these misrepresenta
tions from the minds of our people
that I ask the privilege of your col
umns at this time. If Miss Rankin
had served the moneyed interests in
our community with the zeal she has
served the cause of the workers, these
same newspapers would today be urg
ing her election to the U. S. senate in
stead of trying to villify her in the
eyes of her constituents.
STRIKEH WAS SHORT.ENED.
Wives of professional men of Butte
have asked "why Miss Rankin did not
consult with the A. C. M. officials be
fore talking to the miners?" After the
terrible fire disaster in the Speculator
mine when so many men lost their
lives, and in the frame of mind these
men were at the time, it would have
been useless for Miss Rankin to try
to address them if she had ever so re
motely been suspected of conferring
with the mining interests. It must be
remembered that these officials had
refused to confer with committees ap
pointed by the miners. I wish to say
here that it was largely due to Miss
Rankin's influence that the strike was
not prolonged, due to her plea that our
country must have the copper to suc
cessfully prosecute the war.
Our women's clubs spend a lot of
time in discussing child welfare, wel
fare problems and child labor laws,
and the needs of women and children.
It is because of the broad vision
gained by these discussions that we
realize that we must have national
representation at Washington by a
woman who has devoted her life to
the interests of women and children.
Secretary McAdoo says: "The women
of America are doing their share in
the winning of the war, ,both by ac
tual hard work and by the tremendous
force of their moral influence." No
where can this influence ibe more
strongly felt than by having a woman
representative in our national legisla
These attacks on Miss R:lllkil savor
strongly of an effort of thle moneyed
power to keep women out of politics,
and it is up to the women of this state
to defeat the un-Amllerican attitude of
these interests, by insisting on havinll
women relpreseulltttion, especially dur
ingl this terrible stress of warl, when
women are mua]ting gigantic sacrifices
to help win the war for hlllnaitiy.
Last year the State -'edleratioll of
Women's (liubs, composiid of 150 dele
gates from all over the state, met at
Miles City and every time Miss Ran
kin's name was mentioned it was
greeted with prolonged aIpplause. and
this was some months after her vote
on war. Conlnlittees were appointed
to dlraft resollutionls a:provilng of her
course inl congre.ss an htier work on
hehalf of women and children,, and
these resolutions were wired to Miss
Rankin. I served on such a commit
tee myself at that time. tlMiss RIankin
hals done nothing sinle theli to mterit
the disapproval of thesei representa
tive womenll hut llanswerl thei call for
help of their suffericlg sisters in tButte,
Mont., a.nd I am reluc'tantl to believe
that the fine body of women of our
state ,oulil possihilt dis:,llprove of her
actions and l otives at that time, for
she was l'tuatedl solely by tier iltter
est in hunmanity, whiclf we proudly
designate its the sisterlhorl of wollen
and the brotherhood of man.
THI, VOTI'I (N WA.II.
At this state mconvention i lMrs. Frankll
WVhite of Vatlley ity, N. I).. ccid of Miss
Rankin's vote on war, that "I want
to stand by mny country, but I cannot
vote for watr,'" would ago downtl in our
history as the senltiment of Alnericanl
nlothlerhood at that timllt andl remninld
ed us that just at few months Iprevious
to our declaraltionl of w:lr we had
elected a ipresient mainly on11 the
strength of his hatving "kept us out
So all PchargeI' s of disloyoalty beIausen
of her vote on war arel too ridi''lilllos
to be given anlly consideration by
thinking' people. In asking the sup
pDot ot the voters of this state for
Miss ]Ranllkii'l. le'tiln to thi United
States senrate, I doI s.o niOt onl: ini the
n.am of tlhe w.tromen anid 'hiitirin of
this state, but ini the Ianaie of th-,
wolmen' anl chitirl-n of the world, who
are lookingti to Itli. e )ouritlv for rin het
fronm the illtoirabhi 'ionJitiisa ini'li,' t
edi on them biy the lIust andtl nireid of
the (to ntin n soldiers andl the'ir .iser.
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