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EDITORIAL PAGE OF MONTANA LEADER, SEPTEMBER 28, 1919;
A CONTINUATION OF THE INVERNESS NEWS.
A NON-PARTISAN PUBLICATION
Published Weekly at Great Falls, Montana by the Montaina Leader.
Entered as second class matter, September 7, 1918, at Great Falls, Mon
tana, under the act of March 3, 1879
Place of Publication transferred from Inverness, Montana, Sept. 7, 1918.
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THE LEAGUE AND ITS PURPOSE
A great deal of overtime is being put in by the agents of the old gang
in trying to make it appear that the Nonpartisan league has given official
indorsement to the existing parties because it entered the primaries on one
or the other of the various tickets in the field. One heard at the gather
ings of League members recently held to discuss the future of the cam
paign many laughing remarks in reference to this new gang manifestation.
There were many of these soft-spoken gentlemen known among the reg
ular line political agents as "fixers" going the rounds of the hotel lob
bies and gathering places prior to the convention convening and whisper
in the good word for their masters. Wherever the League had made the
Republican party the vehicle of its expression they suggested that, since
the League "had indorsed the Republican party," the convention should
go right down the line for the whole republican ticket and begin its de
liberations with a public eulogy of Dr. Lanstrum, while where the prevail
ing color was democratic, the same would apply to Senator Walsh.
These gentlemen are in error and it is our business to make plain now
and for all time that the Nonpartisan league is exactly what its name im
plies. It does not indorse the Republican, Democrat, Nationalist or So
cialist parties, but, on the contrary, exists to eliminate from the political
arena just this very thing. The party idea has been the most effective aid
to, if not the very means by which gang rule has continued to inflict itself
upon a long suffering public. It has been the chief weapon in the hands
of reactionary stand-patters, a veritable mill-stone around the neck of
progress. The interests have perpetuatd their grip upon the political ma-..
..chinery by exploiting this thing to the limit, while the League has entered
the fight at once and for ever to break that grip. The method pursued by
the "party" gang has been this. They have grouped together on a ticket
a numebr of people, among whom there have been now and then a few
public-spirited and progressive men and women-always, of course, great
ly outnumbered by safe reactionary tools, and called upon the electorate
to vote for the bunch because, forsooth, they were Republican or what no.
By this means allegiance to party became the end in itself. Instead of
using the machinery of legislation to further the interests of the people
as a whole, the business of politics was devotd to the preservation of party
and while the voters fought and snarled over party tags the old gang and
their. masters quietly ruled and plundered. The NonpaAisan league knows
this too well and proceeds to transform the political machinery into what
it was intended for, merely the process through which the legislative busi
ness is reached. The League, so far from indorsing any party and thus
keeping the party tag to the front, simply lays hold, of this thing and uses
it to accomplish its aim. The in dorsemnts of the Leagie are made upon
various tickets because those tickets happen to exist and there is no occa
sion therefore to create more. The Lague seeks to obliterate allegiance to
party and offers in its place allegiance to the people.
HUMAN EMOTION. JEANNETTE RANKIN'S GRIME.
And there is that cowardly biped who goes up and down the country
seeking to discredit Miss Rankin because she is alleged to have shown
emotion when the vote came on the question of war. To that type it may
be a discreditable thing to feel the strain of having to face so momentous
a moment in the world's history, but from our point of view Miss Rankin
would have forfeited all claim to human sympathy and support had she
not done so. To show emotion under tremendous stress is no doubt a polit
ical offense in the eyes of the soulless A. C. M. and its aids, but in the eyes
of the world it marks a living soul.
THE SITUATION IN BUTTE
The situation in Butte is of great importance to the farmers and wage
workers of this state and for that matter of the nation. Of course, the
gang press has followed its historic mission on this occasion and slandered
the principals in the affair with utterly soulless and malicious intent;
there has been no letup since the thing started of their slanderous abuse
and deliberate obscurantism. The general public, however, is growing
fearfully weary of these lecherous activities and merely purchase the va
rious sheets purporting to be newspapers in order that they might get a gen
eral view of the war activities, having long ago given up tope of gaining
an intelligent understanding of domestic affairs via the daily press. Be
that as it may, Butte of the unsavory record will soon be a thing of the
past and a new Butte, free from the murderous gunman, the sneak-thief,
guamshoe artist and the political procurer, will take its place, a transfor
mation is due, or rather long overdue, for this is the object at which the
progressive union men of Butte have aimed for many years, and now they
are to be rewarded. Revolt after revolt flamed forth from that great
and dismal camp, only to be crushel by the snarling cowardice of the
heavily armed mine guard, the treachery of the fake "agitator," whose
trail always led to one or another of the great detective agencies, and in
some instances by troops. But now the hour has truck; just as the power
ful "big four" railroad workers' unions provided the means whereby the
government should take control of the railways, just as the telegraphers
created a situation which President Wilson was able to use in extending
the work of nationalization, so follow the working men of Butte, deter
mined that they, too, shall do their part in the great work of nationalizing
the mines, mills and smelters that the production of copper and what is
of equal importance the conditions of the mines, habitations and living
facilities of the men and women engaged at this most distressing form of
toil shall no longer be at the mercy and caprice of the utterly soulless and
inhuman A. C. M. Action to this end has already been formulated since
this last upheaval and a bill is being framed by conference committees of
the house and senate and there is no reason to doubt but that these efforts
will materialize in the consummation toward which the unions of Butte
are struggling. Black has been Butte's record, murder has run red-handed
thru her strets, violence and oppression the only answer which the cop
per interests ever used to the clamor of the people for just and reasonable
conditions, and now if the producers of the state act wisely in the Novem
ber elections, as they have already done in the primaries, they will uphold
the hands of those who have made the manful fight against the oppres
sors and we shall close forever the grim, crime-stained ledger of Butte's
past and inscribe upon a fair, new page the opening chapters of the era
that is to be.
BURNING WORDS FOR WHICH MISS RANKIN'S POLITICAL DEATH
WAS DECREED. EXTRACTS FROM 1917 BUTTE SPEECH:
MUST STAND BY NATION IN WAR
"But I implore you to always bear in mind that this, the greatest, most
liberty loving nation in the world, is engaged in war in the most
tremendous conflict recorded in history and we must all put our
shoulders to the wheel and strive to make a greater and fuller democracy.
War spells sacrifice. No one can escape its far-reaching effects. The effort
of all right thinking people is to sacrifice as little as possible of the con
structive principle, and to be more generous with all those things which will
protect life and reduce suffering.
ORGANIZED SOCIETY FROWNS ON LAWLESSNESS
"Lawlessness has no place in organized society.
"Just before the outbreak of the European war, difficulties in the Butte
Miners Union resulted in the disruption of the union, so that for the past
three years the men have been working in Butte mines practically unorgan
ized. For some years the Anaconda Copper Mining Company has been using
what is called in Butte the rustling card system. This rustling card system
is practically a blacklist on a national scale, or perhaps it had better be
called a 'white list. It works in this way: The Anaconda Copper Mining
Company has an employment bureau to which every miner must apply if he
wishes a job. Here his record is investigated, and if it is found that he has
never complained of his working conditions; if he has a clean record as to
unions, that it, if he is not what they call an agitator. or if he has not op
posed the company publicly, he is given a rustling card. This card is in ef
fect a permit, as we say here in the West. to rustle a job. The man who ap
plies for work at a mine is first asked to show his rustling card. If le can
not produce one, he is not hired.
DIRECT ACTION CONDEMNED
"But it is also a misguided patriotism that believes that direct action has
a place in civilized society.
"I have no patience with that spirit which seeks to destroy property to
satisfy personal grievances, or in the thought that direct action can right
existing wrongs. The man who destroys a grain field is taking bread from
a hungry child. The burden of waste always rests heaviest on the weak
on those least able to stand the strain.
"Nor have I any patience with that spirit which seeks to destroy the truth
by printing false and misleading statements. Those character assassins who
would poison the minds of their fellow men with falsehood are most aggra
"I can make no distinction between the one who does this from vicious mo
tives and the one who does it for remuneration.
"I have no patience with the alleged utterances of Frank Little, but I have
the greatest contempt for that form of direct action tha permitted the foul
and cowardly murder of Frank Little.
"It makes no difference to me who Frank Little was.
NO REPEAL OF CHILD LABOR LAWS
"Carried along on the waves of misguided patriotism have come subtle
attempts to destroy the industrial standards of this country-standards
which have been wrought with so much toil and strife and suffering during
that made by the Brown bills in the New York legislature, proposing to abro
the last half century. Perhaps the most threatening of these attempts was
gate the labor laws for the protection of women and children and to suspend
the compulsory education laws.
Buy Bonds Quickly,
Governor Frazier of North Dakota
(elected by the Nonpartisan league),
ever active in war work, has asked
the people of his state to make a new
record in the fourth Liberty loan,
and quotations from his proclamation
and comments on the call by the
Fargo Daily Courier-News are given
"In this work let each of us do
what we are called upon to do as
quickly and efficiently as the
boys who are in the active serv
ice perform the duties assigned
to them. This is our war, and it
is our army and navy that we are
equipping and maintaining....
Our soldiers are winning great
victories in France. Let us back
them to the limit in this cam
paign and by our earnest co-oper
ation demonstrate that we are
also a part of the immense army
that is fighting for world peace
The above extracts from the proc
lamation of Gov. Lynn J. Frazier set
ting aside Saturday, Sept. 28, as Lib
erty Loan Subscription day for the
state of North Dakota, as it will be
in every state, should inspire every
North Dakotan to do his utmost to
practically complete the drive in one
It can be done and we believe it will
be done. This is a busy season of
the year. The solicitors are busy
people and they should not be called to
donate any more of their time than
is absolutely necessary.
Therefore, it is a duty incumbent
upon every. citizen to facilitate the
work as much as possible. Do not
make it necessary for anyone to hunt
Gov. Frazier's Plea
i you up. If they have called at your
home or place of busines once and
I found you absent, HUNT THEM UP
;IMMEDIATELY, and make your
Today war is our business. Every
thing else is a side issue. All other
activities are planned with the one
idea, how will it affect the war. To
construct a building costing over
$2,500 a special permit must be ob
tained from the state council of de
fense. The direction of what we eat
is guided solely by what is needed in
the prosecution of the war, and what
we drink is already confined to noth
ing stronger than tea.
Americans in France are doing
their full part, doing it splendidly
heroically-and we must do our part
The Fourth Liberty loan day is just
one week from yesterday-next Sat
urday. Let each and every one of us
be prepared to do our full part. As
some one has aptly said, "The most
we can do is the least we can do.'
No sacrifice we can make can com
pare with the sacrifices being made
daily by the men at the front.
If we have to wear last years over
coat in order to buy bonds, what
of it ?
If we have to put in longer hours
and give up our vacation, what of it?
If we have to postpone the im
provements we wanted to make, what
material difference does that make?
No sacrifice we can think of equals
the supreme sacrifice to which the
boys in the trenches offer themselves
Next Saturday let us do our duty,
and let us prepare to do it before
next Saturday comes.
ATTACKS ON LEAGUE
MAKES PAPER GROW
FARMERS' PRESS PROSPERS ON
POWER CUT OFF, FUEL IN.
DUCTED INTO SERVICE.
Persecuted by followers of Gov
ernor Burnquist, the Renville County
Joulnal, a farmer paper at Sacred
Heart has prospered and grown to
such strength that it is one of the
strongest papers in Renville county.
The paper is owned by stockholders,
most of whom are farmers.
Farmers bought the paper on July
9. Since that time the farmers of
the county have flocked to the de
fense of the paper. League candi
dates carried Renville county in the
primary and advertisers saw the
writing on the wall. The Journal
now enjoys a liberal advertising pat
ronage, not only from merchants of
Sacred Heart, but from merchants of
Other papers in the county which
have been fighting the farmers' or
ganization have not prospered. Their
subscription list has fallen off, while
the subscription list of the Journal
has grown. Several of the papers
fighting the farmers have changed
hands in the last few weeks. One
paper suspended publication com
pletely and was revived by business
men, who put money into the organ
to keep up the fight against the
I. J. Jonsrud, former head of the
schools of Sacred ileart, is editor of
the paper. News from every town
ship in the county is furnished by
staff correspondents to supplement
the store news, which is furnished by
But the prosperity of this farmers'
paper has come only after business
men and Burnquistians learned that
methods of persecution which they
employed failed to make them any
headway. During the primary .the
paper was leased to get out a ipe
cial campaign edition. To try to
make this impossible, the electric
current was shut off.
A farmers' gasoline engine was
promptly hitched to the press and the
edition was printed. To prevent fur
ther interference, the paper 1`tg
tributed to every farmers' home in
Renville county without usual mail
ing routine. Twelve farmers with
their flivvers accomplished this.
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WILSON AND THE LEAGUE
(Genoe, Colo., Sentinel)
The supreme court of Minnesota
has completely vindicated the Non
partisan league and the best thing
they have done is to quote at length
from the statements in question. If
the League is wrong, Wilson is
wrong; for the statements of the
League read like a quotation from
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It is estimated that more than
1,000,000 pounds of sugar daily is
left in the cups of American con
sumers-sunk to the bottom and ab
solutely wasted-not the slightest
chance of salvage.
Think it over. The submarines
can't equal that record. Less sugar
may be used if thoroughly dissolved.
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OF MISS RANKIN
(Continued from Page Three)
Miss Rankin has given Presidellt Vil
son her loyal support in the war pro
gram and regards that loyalty and
support as her simple duty, and not to
be blazoned forth in big headlines of
daily papers as though supporting the
President was something other than
a simple duty.
Every man and woman of us is sup
porting the president in the ProSecu
tion of the war when we do our ut
most to keep democracy safe at home.
the democracy a liberty loving nation
holds so dear as to be willing to give
the lives of our best and bravest to
make democracy safe for the world.
In closing. I will say you can judge
what the people of Butte think of
Miss IRankin when twelve thousanl of
them went to hear he speak on Aug.
13, the occasion of her last visit to
that city. My confidence in the good
judgment and love of fair play of the
women of this state is so great that I
confidently look for the election of
Miss Rankin to the U. S. Senate oa
Butte, Mont., Sept. 23. 1918.