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Official Publication of the National Nonpartisan League in the State of Montana
THE MONTANA NONPARTISAN
A CONTINUATION OF THE INVERNESS NEWS
VOLUME 2. GREAT FALLS, MONTANA, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1918. NUMBER 8.
Walsh Bows To The Copper Crowd, Forces Wheeler To Resign
TEN MINUTE TALKS TO TOILERS
FEATURE OF RAPID-FIRE CAM
PAIGN. AUTOMOBILE PARADES,
BANNERS AND BANDS TO
GREET LEAGUE CHIEF.
A. C. Townley, president of Na
tional Nonpartisan leagud is to come
into the state for a brief but rapid
series of campaign speeches. It is
expected that this tour will be epochal
in its nature as Mr. Townley's ap
pearance amongst the people of Mon
tana has always been a signal for
great gatherings and the display of
tremendous interest rnd enthusiasm.
His last appearance here in the east
ern and southern portions of the state
was more in the nature of a triumph
al procession. People drove seventy
and eighty miles to hear the most
loved and the most hated man in
thirteen states. This visit promises
to be even more encouraging and
vast numbers of people will hear the
message of the League from the
League chief himself. The parade
feature is to be exemplified by the
Kalispell committee who are arrang
ing a monster procession from the
city, to Missoula. Every auto-owner
in the western counties should join
this parade and accompany President
,T..aley to the end of the trip.
Following are the list of Townley
Brush Lake, Sheridan county, 2 p.
in., Supday. Oct. 27,. Havre, Hill
county, 12 noon, Monday, October 28.
Arrive at Kalispell 11:40 p. in., Mon
day, Oct. 28. lie will leave Kalispell
at 8:30 a. m. Tuesday, October 29,
making ten-minute talks at the fol
lowing places en route: Somers,
Rollins, Dayton, Elmo, Big Arm,
Poison, D'Aste, Ravalli, Hurley and
Reed. Arriving at Missoula about
3:30 p. m. He will leave Missoula at
5:57 p. m.. arriving in Butte at 10:40
p. m., October 29. Leave Butte at
7 a. mn. Oct. 30, arrive at Idaho Falls
at 2 p. m.
Don't forget, attend these meetings
in force. The opportunity to hear
A. C. Townley does not come every
day, and besides it will prove beyond
a shadow of a doubt that the mobsters
and tar and feather artists are for
ever silenced. Townley comes to
demonstrate Democracy. It is your
duty to support him.
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DEAR MEMBERS AND FRIENDS:-- THIS MAY BE THE LAST ISSUE OF THE LEADER UNTIL AFTER THE WAR. WE ARE SORRY TO CONVEY THIS NEWS TO
YOU BUT THERE HAVE BEEN THROWN IN OUR PATH SO MANY DIFFICULTIES THAT IT MAY BE IMPOSSIBLE TO CONTINUE ANY LONGER. OUR FIRST ISSUE
WAS PUBLISHED FROM GREAT FALLS AND AS SECOND CLASS MAILING PRIVILEGES CANNOT BE PROCURED UNTIL AFTER ALL THE MACHINERY OF THE
POST-OFFICE DEPARTMENT HAS FUNCTIONED WE WERE OBLIGED TO PAY ONE CENT PER COPY FOR MAILING. WE THEN PURCHASED THE INVERNESS
NEWS AND MOVED IT TO GREAT FALLS AND ISSUED UNDER THAT NAME. AFTER THE FIRST ISSUE WE CHANGED TO THE MONTANA LEADER. WE WERE
NOT YET IN THE CLEAR, HOWEVER, FOR WE WERE NOTIFIED THAT WE MUST CHANGE THE NAME AGAIN BECAUSE THERE WAS A DAILY LEADER PUB
E LISHED IN THIS CITY. WE AGAIN HASTENED TO ASSIST THE DEPARTMENT IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE AND HAVE CHANGED THE NAME AGAIN TO THE
MCNTANA NONPARTISAN, WHEN AN ORDER ARRIVED FOR US TO STOP PUBLISHING, BECAUSE WE WERE USING TOO MUCH PAPER PULP. WE ARE MOST -
ANXIOUS TO DO ALL IN OUR POWER TO HELP THE GOVERNMENT. BUT WE CONFESS TO A GOOD DEAL OF CHAGRIN OVER THIS ACTION WHEN WE SEE THE
WEEKLY MAGAZINE SECTIONS OF THE BUTTE MINER AND LIKE PAPERS DEVOTED TO THE PUBLICATION OF A GREAT DEAL OF SUPERFLUOUS TWADDLE,
USING MORE PAPER THAN WOULD SERVE TO PUBLISH OUR LITTLE SHEET THREE TIMES OVER. WE HAVE PURPOSELY KEPT OUR PAPER, AS SMALL AS WAS
POSSIBLE IN ORDER TO COMPLY WITH THE GOVERNMENT DESIRE FOR ECONOMY AND IT SEEMS RATHER HARD THAT THEY SHOULD TAKE THE COURSE
THEY HAVE IN THE MATTER. TROUBLES, HOWEVER, NEVER COME SINGLY. THE RUMOR PERSISTS THAT WE SHALL NOT BE ALLOWED TO HOLD ANY MEET
INGS IN THE STATE BUT WE SUGGEST THAT WHERE INDOOR MEETINGS ARE CANCELLED MEMBERS GET TOGETHER AND HOLD OUTDOOR GATHERINGS, IF IN
THE NIGHT. A HUGE BONFIRE WILL SERVE TO MAINTAIN THE REQUISITE ATMOSPHERE. THIS PUTS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THIS CAMPAIGN UP TO THEA
INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS. IT IS THE VIRTUE OF THE ANGLO-SAXON RACE THAT THEY NEVEP KNOW WHEN THEY ARE LICKED; SET YOUR JAWS THEN, AND
BUCK THE LINE. THERE ARE 40,000 OF YOU, MEN AND WOMEN, WHOSE HANDS ARE FREE. OURS ARE TIED AND WE ARE ALL BUT HELPLESS. LET US GET
OUT AND MAKE A HOUSE TO HOUSE CANVASS IN PRECINCT, VILLAGE, TOWN AND CITY, THAT ALL MAY HEAR OUR MESSAGE. LET US LEAVE NO STONE
UNTURNED, NO POSSIBLE AVENUE OF PROGRESS NEGLECTED. WE CAN WAKEN THIS STATE AS IT NEVER WAS WAKENED BEFORE. TO THE WORK! WE HAVE
SET OUR HANDS TO THE PLOW AND ALL THE DIFFICULTIES WHICH BESET US SHALL BUT RENDER US THE MORE DETERMINED TO MAKE NOVEMBER 5TH
A DAY TO FEEL PROUD OVER. IT IS UP TO YOU, GO TO IT.
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In last week's issue of our State paper, the Montana Leader, we issued a call for pre
cinct meetings to be held on Friday, Oct. 25th at 7:30 p. m. in each precinct in the State. We
take this opportunity to again call your attention to this matter that you do not overlook it
and that you thoroughly understand what is the nature of the work. This is the most import
ant part of the campaign and we therefore ask you members to get in touch with the PRECINCT
DELEGATE and arrange to meet at your regular polling place or in some other more conven
ient place at the hour of 7:30 p. m. on Friday, Oct. 25th. It may be that you have no precinct
delegate in which case you should get together at your polling place, select someone to fill this
important position and then proceed to make arrangement for carrying out the following very
necessary work in an organized and efficient manner.
(1) See that one of the campaign cards upon which is printed a list of all the candidates
indorsed by the Nonpartisan league in the State, is placed in the hand of every voter in your
precinct before election day, November 5th.
(2) That every member and non-member understands just where and on what ticket the
candidates names will appear.
(3) That they fully understand that Jeanette Rankin's name, is at the top of the column
marked "National Party" and that this column is in most cases to be found at the extreme
left of the others appearing on the ballot. SEE THAT YOU MAKE A NOTE OF THIS. IT IS
(4) See that every copy of the Montana Leader in which the county ticket appears, as well
as all campaign literature of the League is properly distributed as soon as it is received by county
committees, speakers, boosters and individual members.
(5) THE MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL. SEE THAT YOU ARRANGE TO
HAVE EVERY MAN AND WOMAN AT THE POLLS ON ELECTION DAY NOVEMBER
FIFTH, RAIN OR SHINE.
(6) Elect a committee to reorganize your precinct during the coming fall and winter. This
committee to consist of chairman, secretary-tresaUrer and precinct .elegap. ~ lad their names
to this office and they will be furni( ..eit ie.s.nry r~nklc :'.likC ..r ~ .r f .cr t-ein
correct record of and re-enrolling those who should do so when the next period comes around.
Once again just so that you get the date of these precinct meetings definitely fixed in your
mind, it is Friday,. October 25th, time 7:30 p. m.
It may possibly occur that you may be the only one at your precinct meeting in which case
we shall consider you the precinct delegate, and assist you in every way we can in carrying
out the above instructions, but do not wait for any further instructions from this office, pro
ceed at once. As soon as we get your name, we will record you as precinct delegate.
There is another matter which should not be overlooked, THESE MEETINGS CAN BE
ATTENDED NOT ONLY BY DELEGATES, BUT BY THE FRIENDS OF THIS ORGANIZA
TION, ESPECIALLY BY THE WOMEN.
The eyes of the entire civilized world are on us with the expectation that Montana will rise
to the exalted ideal of our President expressed in his telling message to the U. S. Senate on
the Suffrage amendment. This urgent and eloquent plea was that we place women "In DI
RECT AND AUTHORATIVE PARTICIPATION IN OUR COUNCILS." This great opportun
ity comes but once in the life of a nation, that is to send the first woman to the U. S. Senate.
Think what this means to the women of this great state. That you are ready and willing to
put Montana and the United States of America on the world map in this respect, we have no
doubt. As we travel over this state, we are everywhere finding tremendous enthusiasm and firm
determination to elect Jeannette Rankin tq the U. S. Senate, together with all State, Legislative
and County candidates... We therefore await your answer with entire confidence.
D. C. DORMAN.
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FORCED TO IOUIT
q2ITE OF PPEOPLE
SENATOR WALSH, FEARING
POLITICAL OBLIVION FOR DEFI
ANCE OF COPPER CROWD OVER
THE MATTER OF B. K. WHEEL
j ER'S REAPPOINTMENT CON
SENTS TO HAVE WHEELER "RE
SIGN." TRADES UNIONS AND
FARMERS WIRE VEHEMENT PRO
i TEST WITHOUT AVAIL.
j B. K. Wheeler has been compelled
to resign the office of U. S. District
Attorney at the demand of the reac
Stionary and predatory Anaconda Cop
a per Mining Company. The fight has
been going on for the last two years
and it has been very bitter. On the
one side were ranged the producing
portion of our population, the farm
: ers, wage workers, a large portion of
the professional men and on the other
E the political and business camaradrie
of the Copper Company. The line
a up was clear when the fight began for
a Wheeler's re-appointment. The Equi
ty Society, the State and Local Metal
Trades Councils, the Ministerial As
sociation, the W. C. T. U., th~ Trades
and Labor Assemblies score: of in
a dependent unions, and thousands of
private citizens wired or wrote sena
tor Walsh and Attorney General
Gregory requesting Wheelers re-an
pointment. On the ;other side stood
! . eun,,rr a' !t , bes'ifi.?crr+ý$" fEanl;ký
by those organs of character aassssin
ation which a deluded derectorate
mistake for newspapers.
Wheeler was never re-appointed,
the demand of the people so strong at
that time, made Walsh hesitate to
alter of political necessity and to
make no decision until the storm blew
over, but that storm will not subside
until those who are responsible for
= this deliberate piece of skulduggery
Sare overwhelmingly defeated for what
- ever offices they may aspire to.
- Wheeler's Record.
S B. K. Wheeler has always shown a
clean record and a fearless front, his
E well known prosecution of the power
- ful copper Attorney, Dan Kelly
I brought upon him the fiercest an
tagonism from the Company as Mr.
* Kelly was tried and found guilty of
- bribing a jury. It would have been
quite easy for Wheeler to have
-"Thrown the race" as he himself has
= it, but he is not made of that kind of
stuff. The choice was his, to play
the game of the copper crowd and
,reap reward and the laudatory com
i ments of the copper press, or to play
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